Aya, aka: Āya, Āyā; 12 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1a) Aya (अय).—A son of Vasiṣṭha, and a Prajāpati of the Svārociṣa epoch.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 9. 9.

1b) A son of Devakī.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 173.

2) Āya (आय).—A Tuṣita god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 11.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Āya (आय, “profit”) refers to the first of āyādiṣaḍvarga, six principles that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object, according to the Mānasāra. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.

Āya signifies “profit”; its twelve “fruits” or effects are:

  1. śāstra, “weapon”;
  2. vṛddhi, “increase”;
  3. bharaṇa, “reign”;
  4. śubhāvaha, “invoking auspiciousness”;
  5. cakṣu, “eye”;
  6. buddhi, “intelligence”;
  7. rūpa, “form”;
  8. sumaṅgala, “bringing good fortune”;
  9. śrīkara, “acquiring wealth”;
  10. sukhada, “granting comfort”;
  11. suvṛddhida, “granting great increase”;
  12. puṣkala “abundance”.

Being the effects of āya, “profit”, all of these may be assumed as auspicious.

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Āya (आय) refers to one of the forty-seven tānas (tone) used in Indian music.—The illustration of Āya (as a deity) according to 15th-century Indian art is as follows.—The colour of his body is yellow. His face is similar to the face of a cuckoo. A viṇā is in his both hands.

The illustrations (of, for example Āya) are found scattered throughout ancient Jain manuscripts from Gujarat. The descriptions of these illustrations of this citrāvalī are based on the ślokas of Vācanācārya Gaṇi Sudhākalaśa’s Saṅgītopaniṣatsāroddhāra (14th century) and Śārṅgadeva’s Saṅgītaratnākara (13th century).

Source: archive.org: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Āya (आय).—(I) the affix आय (āya) applied to the roots गुप्, धूप् (gup, dhūp) and others ending with which they are looked upon as roots; cf. P. III.1.28: P.III.1. 32. The affix is applied optionally when an ārdhadhātuka affix is to follow, e.g. गोपायिता, गोप्ता (gopāyitā, goptā); cf. P.III. 1.31; (2) augment; cf. असतो वर्णस्य उपजनः (asato varṇasya upajanaḥ) R. Prāt. XIV. 1 Uvaṭa.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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India history and geogprahy

Aya.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘four’. Note: aya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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Āya.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘four’. (EI 33; CII 3; SII 1, 2), a fiscal term meaning ‘revenue’, ‘tax’. (SITI), literally, income; a general term denoting ‘taxes’; cf. vaḻiy-āyam (SITI), tolls on the roadway. (HRS), revenue in general according to the Arthaśāstra and other authorities; a special branch of revenue according to the inscriptions of the Uccakalpa kings and later epigraphs. (CITD), profit, income, receipt; tribute; corn given by the well-to-do villagers to the hereditary servants of the village as their established fees of office. Note: āya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

aya : (m.) income. (m.; nt.), iron. || āya (m.), income; profit.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Aya, 2 (fr. i, go) 1. income, in aya-potthaka receipt book J. I, 2.—2. inlet (for water, aya-mukha) D. I, 74; A. II, 166, IV. 287. (Page 75)

2) Aya, 1 see ayo. (Page 74)

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Āya, (Sk. āya; ā + i) 1. coming in, entrance M. III, 93. ‹-› 2. tax J. V, 113.—3. income, earning, profit, gain (opp. vaya loss) A. IV, 282 = 323; Sn. 978; J. I, 228; KhA 38 (in expln. of kāya), 82 (in etym. of āyatana); PvA. 130. ‹-› 4. (āyā f. ?) a lucky dice (“the incomer") J. VI, 281.

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

ayā (अया).—m A compellation of respect amongst the liṅgāīta people.

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āya (आय).—m (S) Gain or profit: also receipt or income. 2 A term for the remainder or the cipher after a division, by eight, of the product of a multiplication together of the designed length and breadth of a house to be erected. It represents, according to its amount in numerical order, a banner, smoke, a lion, a dog, a bull, an ass, an elephant, a crow; which are emblematic of royalty, of the culinary function, of war, of hunting &c. &c.; and which stand in certain connections of suitableness with the eight regions or points of the compass. It indicates therefore the station or occupation; and thus, the figure and description and aspect of house, to which the given dimensions are appropriate. And if the station, profession, or purpose of the builder, and the size, shape, aspect &c. of the house thus indicated, correspond not with the circumstances and intentions actually existing, the dimensions must be varied and the calculation be continued, till the āya required be produced, and all disagreement be removed.

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āya (आय).—f (See āī) A mother.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

āya (आय).—m Income; gain. f A mother.

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

Aya (अय).—a. Going, moving.

-yaḥ 1 Going, moving (mostly in comp., as in astamaya).

2) Good actions of former birth.

3) Good fortune, good luck (śubhāvaho vidhiḥ) शुद्धपार्ष्णिरयान्वितः (śuddhapārṣṇirayānvitaḥ) R.4.26. पातु वासवदत्तायो महासेनोऽतिवीर्यवान् (pātu vāsavadattāyo mahāseno'tivīryavān) Pratijñā.1.1.

4) A move towards the right (in chess).

5) A die or cube (to play with); अया इव परि चरन्ति देवाः (ayā iva pari caranti devāḥ) Rv.1.116.9; कलिः सर्वानयानभिभवति (kaliḥ sarvānayānabhibhavati) Śat. Br. cf. अयः पुंसि गतावपि । शुभावहे चाभ्युदये (ayaḥ puṃsi gatāvapi | śubhāvahe cābhyudaye)...... ()| Nm.

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Ayā (अया).—ind. Ved. Thus, in this manner.

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Āya (आय).—[ā-i-ac, ay-ghañ vā]

1) Arrival, approach; आये वामस्य संगथे रयीणाम् (āye vāmasya saṃgathe rayīṇām) Rv.2.38.1.

2) Gaining or acquisition of money, acquiring (opp. vyaya); आये दुःखं व्यये दुःखं धिगर्थाः कष्टसंश्रयाः (āye duḥkhaṃ vyaye duḥkhaṃ dhigarthāḥ kaṣṭasaṃśrayāḥ) Pt.1.163.

3) Income, revenue; receipt; ग्रामेषु स्वामिग्राह्यो भाग आयः (grāmeṣu svāmigrāhyo bhāga āyaḥ) Sk.; Y.1.322,327; Mk.2.6; आयद्वाराणि (āyadvārāṇi) Dk.162 sources of income; आयव्ययौ च नियतावाकरान् कोषमेव च (āyavyayau ca niyatāvākarān koṣameva ca) Ms.8.419; आयाधिकं व्ययं करोति (āyādhikaṃ vyayaṃ karoti) he lives beyond his means.

4) Gain, profit.

5) The eleventh house (in astrology).

6) The guard of the women's apartments.

7) Means, source; मार्ग- त्यायशतैरर्थान् (mārga- tyāyaśatairarthān) Mb.13.163.5.

Derivable forms: āyaḥ (आयः).

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Āya (आय).—1 U.

1) To extend, lengthen out, stretch out; वस्त्रं-पाणिं-आयच्छते (vastraṃ-pāṇiṃ-āyacchate) Sk.; स्वाङ्गमायच्छमानः (svāṅgamāyacchamānaḥ) Ś.4. v. l.; आय- च्छति कूपाद्रज्जुम् (āya- cchati kūpādrajjum) Sk. draws up; बाणमुद्यतमायसीत् (bāṇamudyatamāyasīt) Bk.6.119 stretched out.

2) To restrain, draw in (as breath &c.); त्रिरायम्य शनैरसून् (trirāyamya śanairasūn) Ms.3.217,11.1; प्राणानायम्य (prāṇānāyamya) Y.1.24.

3) To stretch oneself, to grow long (Ātm.); P.I.3.28.

4) To grasp, possess; श्रियमायच्छमानाभिः (śriyamāyacchamānābhiḥ) Bk.8.46.

5) To bring or lead towards. -Caus.

1) To lengthen, stretch, spread or draw out.

2) To remove, transplant.

Derivable forms: āyam (आयम्).

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Āyā (आया).—2 P.

1) To come, arrive, approach.

2) To reach, attain, go to (any particular state); क्षयम्, वशम्, बन्धनम्, तुलाम् (kṣayam, vaśam, bandhanam, tulām) &c. ब्राह्मणो निर्वेदमायात् (brāhmaṇo nirvedamāyāt) Muṇḍa 1.2.12; आयातु वरदा देवी (āyātu varadā devī) Mahānār. 15.1.

3) To follow, result.

4) To be possible or practicable (with inf.).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aya (अय).—m.

(-yaḥ) Good luck, favourable fortune. E. iṇa to go, and ac affix; happiness proceeding by it.

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Āya (आय).—m.

(-yaḥ) 1. Income, revenue. 2. Gain, profit. 3. The guard of the women’s apartments. E. āṅ before to obtain, ḍa aff.

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