Daivajna, Daivajña, Daiva-jna: 10 definitions

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Daivajna means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Daivajña (दैवज्ञ).—Astrologers, residences of.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 254. 26.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Daivajña (दैवज्ञ) is a title given to certain attendants or assistants employed in Śiva temples. Daivajñas are skilled Ādiśaiva astronomers and astrologers. They were responsible for keeping the calendar of the temple, marking with accuracy, the months, stars, tithis, eclipses and so on. In the days before printing, one can imagine that keeping track of the complex solar/ lunar calendars across the country must have been a painstaking process involving considerable expertise. The Daivajña also had to fix the auspicious muhūrta for various special rituals. The people of the village also consulted the Daivajña for fixing muhūrta for special events.

There is also a ritual role played by the Daivajña in some instances. The Puṣyābhiṣekavidhi of Kāmikāgama specifies at one point during the ceremony that the Ācārya should ask the Daivajña to offer a bali before the ritual is commenced.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Daivajña.—(IE 8-3; EI 7), an astrologer; sometimes men- tioned as a Pātra. Note: daivajña 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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

daivajña (दैवज्ञ).—a (S) Knowing the destinies; an astrologer, soothsayer, diviner.

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

daivajña (दैवज्ञ).—a Knowing the destinies; an astrologer

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Daivajña (दैवज्ञ).—an astrologer, a fortune-teller, पुरोहित प्रकुर्वीत दैवज्ञमुदितोदितम् (purohita prakurvīta daivajñamuditoditam) Y.1.313; Kām.9,25.

Derivable forms: daivajñaḥ (दैवज्ञः).

Daivajña is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms daiva and jña (ज्ञ). See also (synonyms): daivakovid, daivacintaka.

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Daivajña (दैवज्ञ).—a. knowing fate or men's destinies.

Daivajña is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms daiva and jña (ज्ञ).

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

Daivajña (दैवज्ञ).—mfn.

(-jñaḥ-jñā-jñaṃ) Prophetic, fore-telling, acquainted with fate. m.

(-jñaḥ) An astrologer. f.

(-jñā) A female fortune-teller. E. daiva, and jña who knows.

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

Daivajña (दैवज्ञ).—[daiva-jña], m. An astrologer, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 3, 18 Gorr.

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

Daivajña (दैवज्ञ).—[adjective] knowing fate; [masculine] astrologer.

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

1) Daivajña (दैवज्ञ):—[=daiva-jña] [from daiva] mfn. knowing fate or men’s destinies

2) [v.s. ...] m. = -cintaka Name of Śiva, [Yājñavalkya; Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

3) Daivajñā (दैवज्ञा):—[=daiva-jñā] [from daiva-jña > daiva] f. female fortune-teller, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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