Avatamsa, Avataṃsa, Avataṁsa: 17 definitions

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Avatamsa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Avatans.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Avataṃsa (अवतंस) refers to a “(decorative) diadem” [?], according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “(Kubjikā’s) iconic form is threefold (according to whether it is) in (the transmission) of the Child, Middle One or the Aged. [...] (The snake) Ananta is always at her feet adorning her anklets. The snake Kārkoṭa, tied on (her) zone, adorns (her) hips. Takṣaka is (her) diadem [i.e., avataṃsatakṣakaścāvataṃsaśca], Vāsuki the necklace on (her) neck. Kulika is said to be (hanging) on (her) ears and (she) is adorned with Kūrma as (her) earrings. Padma and Mahāpadma are on her eyebrows and all (of her) arms are adorned with thousands of snakes. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

avataṃsa : (m.) a garland for the crest.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Avataṃsa, see vataṃsaka. (Page 82)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

avataṃsa (अवतंस).—m (S) A tuft or plume of feathers, flowers, gems for the head; a crest. Ex. bhuja paryanta lōḷē a0 || 2 An ear-ring.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

avataṃsa (अवतंस).—m A tuft or plume of feathers, flowers, gems for the head.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avataṃsa (अवतंस).—[ava-taṃsa-ghañ]

1) A garland.

2) An earring, a ring-shaped ornament, an ear-ornament (fig. also); गणा नमेरुप्रसवावतंसाः (gaṇā nameruprasavāvataṃsāḥ) Kumārasambhava 1.55; स्ववाहनक्षोभचलावतंसाः (svavāhanakṣobhacalāvataṃsāḥ) 7.38; चन्दनपल्लवावतंसाम् (candanapallavāvataṃsām) K.11,12,14,97; R.13.49; Dk. 5,88; Kirātārjunīya 3.11; Śiśupālavadha 3.81; °उत्पलम् (utpalam) a lotus used as an ornament; Kumārasambhava 4.8; oft. with अ (a) omitted; यैर्वतंसकुसुमैः प्रियमेताः (yairvataṃsakusumaiḥ priyametāḥ) Śiśupālavadha 1.67.

3) An ornament worn on the head, crest.

4) (fig.) anything that serves as an ornament; 'decked with'; तामरसावतंसा जलसंनिवेशाः (tāmarasāvataṃsā jalasaṃniveśāḥ) Chāt.2.3; पुण्डरीकावतंसाभिः परिखाभिः (puṇḍarīkāvataṃsābhiḥ parikhābhiḥ) Rām.5.4.25; पुष्पावतंसं सलिलम् (puṣpāvataṃsaṃ salilam) Suśr.; कल्याणावतंसा कल्याणसंपद् (kalyāṇāvataṃsā kalyāṇasaṃpad) Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 6.

Derivable forms: avataṃsaḥ (अवतंसः), avataṃsam (अवतंसम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Avataṃsa (अवतंस).—mn.

(-saḥ-saṃ) 1. An ear-ring. 2. A crest. E. ava, tasi a Sautra root to adorn, ac aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Avataṃsa (अवतंस).—[ava-taṃs + a], m. and n. 1. A crest. 2. An ear-ring, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 199, 3. 3. Ornament, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 179, 14.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Avataṃsa (अवतंस).—[masculine] garland or ear-ring.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Avataṃsa (अवतंस):—[=ava-taṃsa] mn. (ifc. f(ā). ), (√taṃs), a garland, ring-shaped ornament, ear ornament, ear-ring, crest, [Rāmāyaṇa etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Avataṃsa (अवतंस):—[ava-taṃsa] (saḥ-saṃ) 1. m. n. Ear-ring; crest, ornament.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Avataṃsa (अवतंस) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Avataṃsa, Avayaṃsa, Uttaṃsa.

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Avatamsa in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Avataṃsa (अवतंस) [Also spelled avatans]:—(nm) crown; ornament.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Avataṃsa (अवतंस) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Avataṃsa.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Avataṃsa (ಅವತಂಸ):—

1) [noun] an ornament for the ears.

2) [noun] an ornament for the head.

3) [noun] an ornament in gen. 4) a wreath or woven chain of flowers; a garland.

4) [noun] a person whose character or talent adds lustre to the surroundings, society or a particular field of activity or knowledge, etc.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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