Caturvidya, aka: Cāturvidya, Catur-vidya, Caturvidyā; 4 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Chaturvidya.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Cāturvidya (चातुर्विद्य).—The four Vedas;1 Viṣṇu as knowing them.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 62; Vāyu-purāṇa 97. 37.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 72. 36.
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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India history and geogprahy

Cāturvīdya.—(EI 23, 32), cf. Caturvedin; ‘relating to the Caturvedin’, a community of Brāhmaṇas; cf. cāturvidya-grāma, cāturvidy-āgrahāra, cāturvidya-sāmānya (EI 22). Note: cāturvīdya 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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Cāturvidya (चातुर्विद्य).—a. (-dyī) Knowing the four Vedas.

-dyam The four Vedas; also चातुर्वैद्य (cāturvaidya).

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Caturvidya (चतुर्विद्य).—a. one who has studied the four Vedas.

Caturvidya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms catur and vidya (विद्य).

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Caturvidyā (चतुर्विद्या).—the four Vedas.

Caturvidyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms catur and vidyā (विद्या).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Caturvidya (चतुर्विद्य).—m.

(-dyaḥ) A priest who has studied the four Vedas. E. catur four, vidyā knowledge: also caturveda, and with aṇ added cāturvedya and cāturveda.

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