Bahuvidha, Bahu-vidha: 15 definitions


Bahuvidha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bahuvidha in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bahuvidha (बहुविध) refers to “various sorts (of juicy cooked food)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.55 (“Śiva returns to Kailāsa”).—Accordingly, after Pārvatī spoke to Śiva: “On hearing her words as pleasing as the steady flow of nectar, Śiva rejoiced much, eagerly devoted to the way of the world. Getting every requisite thing ready, he fed the gods including Viṣṇu and others with various pleasant things. He fed all the others who had attended His marriage with juicy cooked food of various sorts (bahuvidha). [...]”.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Bahuvidha (बहुविध).—A king of the family of Aṅga. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 277).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Bahuvidha (बहुविध).—A son of Dhundhu and father of Sampāti.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 49. 3.
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Bahuvidha in Jainism glossary
Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra

Bahuvidha (बहुविध, “many types”).— What is the meaning of many types (bahuvidha)? The meaning of bahu is many (number or quantity). This is an indicator of numerous. Vidha denotes types. Many types of objects /entities are called knowledge of many types (bahuvidha).

The opposite (setara) of bahuvidha is ekavidha (one type).—One type of object is called ekavidha.

according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 1.16, “The subdivisions of each of these (kinds of mati, or ‘mind-based knowledge’) are: more, many kinds (bahuvidha), quick, hidden, unexpressed, lasting, and their opposites”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bahuvidha in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

bahuvidha : (adj.) manifold; multiform.

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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

[«previous next»] — Bahuvidha in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bahuvidha (बहुविध).—a (S) Various or multiform; of many sorts or kinds.

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

bahuvidha (बहुविध).—a Various or multiform.

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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

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

Bahuvidha (बहुविध).—a. of many kinds, manifold, diverse.

Bahuvidha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bahu and vidha (विध). See also (synonyms): bahīvidha.

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

Bahuvidha (बहुविध).—mfn.

(-dhaḥ-dhā-dhaṃ) Various multiform, of many sorts or kinds. E. bahu many, and vidha sort.

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

Bahuvidhā (बहुविधा).—adj. various, multiform. ºdham, adv. in several directions, up and down, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 30, 17.

Bahuvidhā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bahu and vidhā (विधा).

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

Bahuvidha (बहुविध).—[adjective] manifold, various; [neuter] [adverb]

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

1) Bahuvidha (बहुविध):—[=bahu-vidha] [from bahu > bah] mf(ā)n. of many sorts or kinds, manifold, various, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [=bahu-vidha] [from bahu > bah] m. Name of a prince, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

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

Bahuvidha (बहुविध):—[bahu-vidha] (dhaḥ-dhā-dhaṃ) a. Various.

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Bahuvidha 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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