Avatamsaka, Avaṭaṃsaka, Avataṃsaka: 10 definitions


Avatamsaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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.

In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[«previous next»] — Avatamsaka in Chandas glossary
Source: Journal of the University of Bombay Volume V: Apabhramsa metres (2)

Avataṃsaka (अवतंसक) is the name of a catuṣpadi metre (as popularly employed by the Apabhraṃśa bards), as discussed in books such as the Chandonuśāsana, Kavidarpaṇa, Vṛttajātisamuccaya and Svayambhūchandas.—Avataṃsaka has 22 mātrās in each of their four lines, made up with 1 caturmātra, 1 pañcamātra, 2 caturmātras of the Yagaṇa (ISI) type and one pañcamātra of the Yagaṇa (ISS) type.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Avatamsaka in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Avaṭaṃsaka, (= vaṭ°) see Vin Texts II. 347. (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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Avatamsaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avataṃsaka (अवतंसक).—An ear-ornament, an ornament in general; अशोकस्तबकेनेव दिङ्मुखस्यावतंसकम् (aśokastabakeneva diṅmukhasyāvataṃsakam) V.5.3; प्रासादाट्टा- वतंसका (prāsādāṭṭā- vataṃsakā) (laṅkā) Rām.

Derivable forms: avataṃsakaḥ (अवतंसकः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Avataṃsaka (अवतंसक).—m. or nt., fig. a large number, collection: buddhāva° Divyāvadāna 162.26; 401.14; Avadāna-śataka i.87.9.

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

Avataṃsaka (अवतंसक).—[avataṃsa + ka], m. and n. An ear-ring, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 141.

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

Avataṃsaka (अवतंसक).—[masculine] the same, as adj. ([feminine] sikā) crowned with (—°).

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

1) Avataṃsaka (अवतंसक):—[=ava-taṃsaka] [from ava-taṃsa] mn. (ifc. f ā), idem, [Rāmāyaṇa etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a Buddhist text.

[Sanskrit to German]

Avatamsaka 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Avatamsaka in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Avataṃsaka (ಅವತಂಸಕ):—[noun] = ಅವತಂಸ [avatamsa].

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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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