Cyavana, Cyavāna, Cyāvana: 24 definitions


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Cyavana (च्यवन) is the name of a sage who was in the company of Bharata when he recited the Nāṭyaveda them, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35. Accordingly, they asked the following questions, “O the best Brahmin (lit. the bull of the twice-born), tell us about the character of the god who appears in the Preliminaries (pūrvaraṅga). Why is the sound [of musical instruments] applied there? What purpose does it serve when applied? What god is pleased with this, and what does he do on being pleased? Why does the Director being himself clean, perform ablution again on the stage? How, O sir, the drama has come (lit. dropped) down to the earth from heaven? Why have your descendants come to be known as Śūdras?”.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Cyavana (च्यवन):—One of the four sons of Mitrāyu (son of Divodāsa, the male counterpart of the twin children of Mudgala). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.1)

2) Cyavana (च्यवन):—Son of Suhotra (son of Sudhanu). He had a son named Kṛtī. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.4-5)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Cyavana (च्यवन).—A celebrated sage of the Bhārgava dynasty. Genealogy. Descending in order from Brahmā—Bhṛgu—Cyavana. (See full article at Story of Cyavana from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Cyavana (च्यवन) is the name of an ancient Sage (Muni), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.39 (“The gods arrive at Kailāsa”).—Accordingly: “[...] Lord Śiva thus requested by Viṣṇu, and being himself eager to follow worldly conventions performed the same duly. Authorised by Him, I performed all the rites conducive to prosperity, assisted by the sages. The sages [e.g., Cyavana, ...], and other sages came to Śiva. Urged by me they performed the sacred rites duly. All of them who had mastered the Vedas and Vedāṅgas performed the safety rites for Śiva and tied the auspicious thread round his wrist. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Cyavana (च्यवन).—A sage1 who was invited for Yudhiṣṭhira's Rājasūya.2 Came to see Kṛṣṇa at Syamantapañcaka.3 Went with him to Mithilā.4 Came to see Parīkṣit practising prāyopaveśa.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 15. 14.
  • 2) Ib. X. 74. 7.
  • 3) Ib. 84. 3.
  • 4) Ib. 86. 18.
  • 5) Ib. I. 19. 9.

1b) A son of Śukra and Paulomi;1 when he was engaged in tapas he was covered by an anthill. His eyes were seen through two holes therein. Once Sukanyā who came there with her father saw two luminous objects in the anthill and pierced them with a thorn. This resulted in blood flowing from the eyes. The king asked the sage's pardon and offered his daughter in marriage to him. Having married a princess, the sage requested Aśvins who were on a visit to him, to make him a youth. They advised him to bathe in a siddha lake nearby. He thus found himself thoroughly changed. With him Sukanyā enjoyed life. Her father came there some time after and was not aware of the change in the sage's form. He took him to be a paramour and scolded his daughter. When he came to know the fact he was much pleased. In the yajña performed Cyavana offered soma to Aśvins who were so far denied a share, being physicians. Indra resented this and wanted to kill Cyavana. But the latter's act was accepted by all as a precedent.2 Father of Āpravānam and Dadhica.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 92; Vāyu-purāṇa 86. 2, 23.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 3. 2-26; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 98; III. 8. 31; 21-36; 61. 2.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 93.

1c) The son of Mitreyu and father of Sudāsa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 1. Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 207. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 70-71.

1d) The son of Suhotra the righteous and father of Kṛtin (Kṛtaka, Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 5; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 217; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 79.

1e) A Rākṣasa residing in the third tala (Vitalam, Vāyu-purāṇa).*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 20. 28; Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 27.

1f) A Ṛṣi and mantrakṛt, cursed that the hundred sons of Kṛtavīrya would meet with death.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 68. 9; 145. 92 and 99.

1g) A son of Bhṛgu; a gotrakara, and a Pravara.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 15 and 28, 29.

1h) A son of Sudhanvan.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 50. 24.

1i) A son of Gokarṇa, an avatār of the 16th dvāpara.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 173.

1j) The father of Sumedhas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 26.

1k) A son of Devāpi.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 237.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Cyavana (च्यवन) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.60.40) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Cyavana) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Cyavana (च्यवन):—[cyavanaṃ] Falling or dislocation

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

A great sage and also son of Bhrigu.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Chyavana was a great sage, the son of sage Bhrigu (The story of his birth is told in here.) He was also known as Aurva. He performed a penance for many centuries. So long did that penance last, that an anthill had grown around him. Sukanya, the daughter of the local King, was playing in this forest. She was curious to see two lighted embers in an anthill and poked both of them with a stick. Those "lighted embers" turned out to be the sage's eyes. He became blind. When the King came to know of this crime, he had to make reparations. Sukanya had to marry the old sage, and keep him company.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Chyavana (च्‍यवन): A great rishi, husband of beautiful wife Sukanyā whom Ashvins beheld at her bath

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Cyavana (च्यवन) refers to the “fall (from heaven)”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “[com.—Next he speaks about their fall from heaven (cyavanam)]—They fall from that place [and] immediately they enter the Rasātala hell. They roam about the whole world like the wind [and] they fall down into the Naraka hell. They fall from that place [and] immediately they enter the Rasātala hell. They roam about the whole world like the wind [and] they fall down into the Naraka hell”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

cyavana (च्यवन).—n S Slipping from; falling or parting from. 2 Trickling or oozing.

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

cyavana (च्यवन).—n Slipping from. Oozing.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Cyavana (च्यवन).—Name of a Ṛiṣi (son of Bhṛgu, author of Ṛgveda 1.19.).

Derivable forms: cyavanaḥ (च्यवनः).

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Cyavana (च्यवन).—

1) Moving motion.

2) Being deprived of, loss; deprivation.

3) Dying, perishing.

4) Sinking, falling.

5) Departure, deviation.

6) Flowing, trickling.

Derivable forms: cyavanam (च्यवनम्).

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Cyavāna (च्यवान).—a. Moving, active; च्यवाना सुमतिं भुरण्यू (cyavānā sumatiṃ bhuraṇyū) Ṛgveda 6.62.7. -m. Name of a Ṛiṣi restored to youth by the Aśvins; युवं च्यवानमश्विना जरन्तं पुनर्युवानं चक्रथुः शचीभिः (yuvaṃ cyavānamaśvinā jarantaṃ punaryuvānaṃ cakrathuḥ śacībhiḥ) Ṛv.1.117.13.

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Cyāvana (च्यावन).—a. Causing to fall; अच्युतच्यावनोऽरीणां संस्कृतो विकृतिर्वृषः (acyutacyāvano'rīṇāṃ saṃskṛto vikṛtirvṛṣaḥ) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.43.9.

-nam Expulsion, driving away.

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

Cyavana (च्यवन).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Oozing, tricking, flowing. 2. Going, moving. m.

(-naḥ) The name of a Rishi. E. cyu to go, lyaṭ aff.

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

Cyavana (च्यवन).—i. e. cyu + ana, I. m. The name of a Ṛṣi, Mahābhārata 1, 870. Ii. n. 1. Motion, [Suśruta] 1, 48, 12. 2. Loss, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 8, 20, 5.

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Cyāvana (च्यावन).—i. e. cyu, [Causal.], + ana, I. adj. Felling, Mahābhārata 8, 1506. Ii. n. Expelling, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 1512.

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

Cyavana (च्यवन).—[adjective] shaking or shaken. [masculine] a man’s name; [neuter] motion, shock, loss of (—°).

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Cyavāna (च्यवान).—[adjective] stirring, active; [masculine] [Name] of a Ṛṣi.

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Cyāvana (च्यावन).—[adjective] causing to fall; [neuter] expulsion, deprivation.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Cyavana (च्यवन) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—author of Jīvadānavidhi med. Mentioned in Brahmavaivartapurāṇa Oxf. 22^b.

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

1) Cyavana (च्यवन):—[from cyava] a etc. See, [ib.]

2) Cyavāna (च्यवान):—[from cyava] a etc. See, [ib.]

3) Cyavana (च्यवन):—[from cyu] b mfn. moving, moved, [ii, 12, 4]

4) [v.s. ...] causing to move, shaking[, 21, 3; vi, viii, x; Atharva-veda vii, 116, 1]

5) [v.s. ...] promoting delivery (a mantra), [Suśruta iv, 15, 2]

6) [v.s. ...] m. one who causes to move, shaker, [Ṛg-veda viii, 96, 4]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of a demon causing diseases, [Pāraskara-gṛhya-sūtra i, 16, 23]

8) [v.s. ...] (later form for cyavāna) Name of a Ṛṣi (son of Bhṛgu, author of [Ṛg-veda x, 19]), [Aitareya-brāhmaṇa viii, 21; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa iv, 1, 5, 1; Nirukta, by Yāska; Mahābhārata] (father of Ṛcīka, xiii, 207) etc.

9) [v.s. ...] of an astronomer, [Nārada-saṃhitā i, 3; Nirṇayasindhu i, 563]

10) [v.s. ...] of a physician, [Brahma-purāṇa i, 16, 17]

11) [v.s. ...] of the author of a law-book (See -smṛti), [Pāraskara-gṛhya-sūtra [Scholiast or Commentator] [Introduction]]

12) [v.s. ...] of a Saptarṣi in the 2nd Manv-antara, [Harivaṃśa] ([varia lectio] for niś-cy)

13) [v.s. ...] of a son (of Su-hotra, 1803 [Bhāgavata-purāṇa ix, 22, 5]; of Mitrāyu, 1)

14) [v.s. ...] n. motion, [Suśruta i, 15, 1]

15) [v.s. ...] the being deprived of (in [compound]), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa viii, 20, 5] falling from any divine existence for being re-born as a man, [Jaina literature]

16) [v.s. ...] dying, [Buddhist literature]

17) [v.s. ...] trickling, flowing, [Horace H. Wilson]

18) [v.s. ...] cf. duś-cyavana.

19) Cyavāna (च्यवान):—[from cyu] b mfn. ([present participle] √cyu), ‘moving’, active, [Ṛg-veda vi, 62, 7; x, 59, i]

20) [v.s. ...] (61, 2); 115, 6 (with tṛṣu)

21) [v.s. ...] m

22) [v.s. ...] (= cyavana) Name of a Ṛṣi (restored to youth by the Aśvins), [Ṛg-veda i, v, vii, x; Brahma-purāṇa ii, 18, 8]

23) [v.s. ...] m. [dual number] ‘active’, the arms, [Naighaṇṭuka, commented on by Yāska ii, 4.]

24) Cyāvana (च्यावन):—[from cyu] 1. cyāvana mfn. (√cyu, [Causal]) causing to fall (ifc.), [Mahābhārata viii, 1506]

25) [v.s. ...] n. expulsion, [Harivaṃśa 1512].

26) [v.s. ...] 2. cyāvana mfn. relating to cyavana (with prāśa = cyavana-pr, [Caraka vi, i and 31])

27) [v.s. ...] m: [patronymic] [from] Cyavana, [Tāṇḍya-brāhmaṇa xiii, xix; Pravara texts i; Śāṅkhāyana-brāhmaṇa iii, 2 [Scholiast or Commentator]]

28) [v.s. ...] n. Name of several Sāmans, [Ārṣeya-brāhmaṇa]

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

Cyavana (च्यवन):—(naṃ) 1. n. Oozing. m. A Rishi.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Cyavana (च्यवन) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Cayaṇa, Cavaṇa.

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Cyavana 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Cyavana (ಚ್ಯವನ):—[noun] causing to move or go.

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Cyavana (ಚ್ಯವನ):—

1) [noun] the act of going, moving; movement.

2) [noun] an act of slipping, sliding or falling down; a slip.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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