Avicika, Avīcika: 2 definitions



Avicika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Avichika.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Avīcika (अवीचिक).—A hell.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 6. 41.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Avīcika (अवीचिक).—adj., pertaining to the hell Avīci: Daśabhūmikasūtra.g. 12(348).18 dukham avīcikam utsahāmi; Gaṇḍavyūha 160.2—3 āpa- rāntikāvīcikaduḥkhena (2d ed. °khe); m., an inhabitant of Avīci, Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 138.4 kulaputro vā kuladuhitā vāvīciko bhavati.In the last two āvīcika might be intended; it is clearly read (as adj.) in Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya iv. 251.9.

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Āvīcika (आवीचिक).—see avīcika.

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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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