Balivarda, Balīvarda: 10 definitions



Balivarda means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Balīvarda (बलीवर्द) refers to a “bull”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.18. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] in the bright half of the month of Caitra (March-April) on the thirteenth day when the star was Uttarā Phalguni on a Sunday, lord Śiva started. [...] Then in a trice, Śiva reached Dakṣa’s abode [viz., Dakṣālaya] seated on his speedy (balin) bull (balīvarda) and along with Viṣṇu and others”.

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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Prācyā: Animals and animal products as reflected in Smṛti texts

Balīvarda (बलीवर्द) (or Vṛṣabha, Vṛṣa) refers to the animal “Bullock” (Bos tauras).—The Smṛtis mention several domestic as well as wild animals that are enumerated in context of specifying expiation for killing them, the flesh being used as a dietary article to give satisfaction to the Manes (Pitṛs) in Śrāddha rites, the law of transmigration due to various sins committed as well as in the context of specifying gifts to be given on various occasions. These animals [viz., Balīvarda] are chiefly mentioned in the Manusmṛti, Parāśarasmṛti [Chap.6], Gautamasmṛti [17.2 and 15.1], Śātātapasmṛti [II.45-54], Uśānasmṛti [IX.7-9; IX.12-13], Yājñavalkyasmṛti [I.170-171; I.175; I.258- 260], Viṣṇusmṛti [51.3;51.6;51.26;51.33;80.3-14], Uttarāṅgirasasmṛti [X.15-17], Prajāpatismṛti [Śrāddhatyājyavastuvarṇanam. 138-143], 9 Kāśyapasmṛti [Section on Prāyaścittavarṇanam], Vṛddha Hārītasmṛti [6.253-255] and Kātyāyanasmṛti [27.11].

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Balīvarda.—cf. a-paramparā-balīvarda, etc. (IE 8-5); a pair of bullocks (which the villagers were obliged to provide for the cart of the royal officers when they camped or toured in their villages). See also vara-balīvarda. Note: balīvarda 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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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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

balīvarda (बलीवर्द).—m S A bull: also a bullock or an ox.

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

balīvarda (बलीवर्द).—m A bull.

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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»] — Balivarda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Balivarda (बलिवर्द).—See बलीवर्द (balīvarda).

Derivable forms: balivardaḥ (बलिवर्दः).

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Balīvarda (बलीवर्द).—A bull, an ox; गोरपत्यं पुमान् बलीवर्दः (gorapatyaṃ pumān balīvardaḥ).

Derivable forms: balīvardaḥ (बलीवर्दः).

See also (synonyms): barīvarda.

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

Balīvarda (बलीवर्द).—m. An ox (cf. balin), [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 311.

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

Balivarda (बलिवर्द).—[masculine] ox.

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Balīvarda (बलीवर्द).—[masculine] = balivarda.

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

Balivarda (बलिवर्द):—m. a bull or ox, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa] etc. etc. (also balīv; [wrong reading] vardha)

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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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