Daya, Dayā, Dāya: 14 definitions


Daya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam

Dayā (दया, “mercy”):—One of the names attributed to Devī, as chanted by the Vedas in their hymns, who were at the time incarnated in their personified forms. See the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa chapter 5.51-68, called “the narrative of Hayagrīva”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

Dayā (दया, “compassion”):—One of the twenty-four emanations of Lakṣmī accompanying Nārāyaṇa. This particular manifestation couples with his counterpart form called Vāmana and together they form the eighth celestial couple. Lakṣmī represents a form of the Goddess (Devī) as the wife of Viṣṇu, while Nārāyaṇa represents the personification of his creative energy, according to the Pāñcarātra literature.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dayā (दया).—A daughter of Dakṣa, and a wife of Dharma; mother of Abhaya;1 a śakti.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 49-50.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 89.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Dāya (दाय) occurs in the Rigveda only in the sense of ‘reward’ of exertion (śrama), but later it means ‘inheritance’—that is, a father’s property which is to be divided among his sons either during his lifetime or after his death.

India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Dāya.—(EI 23), a gift. Note: dāya 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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dayā : (f.) sympathy; compassion; kindness.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

1) Dāya, 2 (Sk. dāya, to dadāti, etc.) a gift, donation; share, fee D.I, 87≈(in phrase rājadāya brahmadeyya, a king’s grant, cp. rājadattiya); J.IV, 138; V, 363; VI, 346. Cp. dāyāda & brahmadeyya. (Page 319)

2) Dāya, 1 (Sk. dāva, conflagration of a forest; wood=easily inflammable substance; to dunoti (to burn) caus. dāvayati, cp. Gr. dai/w (to burn) & P. dava1) wood; jungle, forest; a grove Vin.I, 10 (miga°), 15, 350; II, 138; S.II, 152 (tiṇa°); IV, 189 (bahukaṇṭaka d.=jungle); A.V, 337 (tiṇa°); J.III, 274; VI, 278. See also dāva.

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Dayā, (f.) (Ved. dayā, to dayati2) sympathy, compassion, kindness M.I, 78; Sn.117; J.I, 23; VI, 495. Usually as anuddayā; frequent in cpd. dayāpanna showing kindness D.I, 4 (=dayaṃ metta-cittaṃ āpanno DA.I, 70); M.I, 288; A.IV, 249 sq.; Pug.57; VvA.23. (Page 315)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ḍāya (डाय).—m A plant, Hedysarum Gangeticum.

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dayā (दया).—f (S) Tenderness, compassion, pity, mercy. Pr. dayā udhāra khatā rōkhaḍī. dayākara, dayānidhāna, dayānidhi, dayābdhi, dayāsamudra, dayāsāgara Terms applied to a compassionate or merciful person. dayāpūrita, dayāpūrṇa, dayābharita, dayāyukta, dayāviśiṣṭa, dayāsampanna, dayāśālī, dayāśīla, dayālu or ḷū, dayāḍhya Full of pity, tenderness, gentleness &c. 2 Abridged from dēvadayā.

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dāya (दाय).—m S Property to be divided amongst heirs, an inheritance.

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

dayā (दया).—f Tenderness, pity, compassion, mercy. dayānidhi, dayābdhi, dayāsamudra, dayāsāgara. Terms app. to a merciful person. dayāṃ dayāṃ Used with karaṇēṃ, karīta phiraṇēṃ Wander about from door to door crying pity! pity! beg about in exceeding abject- ness or wretchedness. dayāṃ dayāṃ hōṇēṃ. Be in a most pitiable condition.

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dāya (दाय).—m An inheritance.

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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

Dayā (दया).—[day bhidā-bhāve aṅ] Pity, tenderness, compassion, mercy, sympathy; निर्गुणेष्वपि सत्त्वेषु दयां कुर्वन्ति साधवः (nirguṇeṣvapi sattveṣu dayāṃ kurvanti sādhavaḥ) H.1. 6; R.2.11; यत्नादपि परक्लेशं हर्तुं या हृदि जायते । इच्छा भूमि- सुरश्रेष्ठ सा दया परिकीर्तिता (yatnādapi parakleśaṃ hartuṃ yā hṛdi jāyate | icchā bhūmi- suraśreṣṭha sā dayā parikīrtitā) ||.

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Dāya (दाय).—[dā bhāve-ghañ]

1) A gift, present, donation; रहसि रमते प्रीत्या दायं ददात्यनुवर्तते (rahasi ramate prītyā dāyaṃ dadātyanuvartate) Māl.3.2; प्रीतिदायः (prītidāyaḥ) Māl.4; Ms.8.199.

2) A nuptial present (given to the bride or the bridegroom).

3) Share, portion, inheritance, patrimony; अनपत्यस्य पुत्रस्य माता दायमवाप्नुयात् (anapatyasya putrasya mātā dāyamavāpnuyāt) Ms.9.217, 77,164,23.

4) A part or share in general.

5) Delivering, handing over.

6) Dividing, distributing.

7) Loss, destruction.

8) Irony.

9) Site, place.

1) Alms given to a student at his initiation, &c.

11) A relative or a kinsman; तेलङ्गदायसहिता निष्पेतुरहिते तदा (telaṅgadāyasahitā niṣpeturahite tadā) Parṇāl.5. 79.

Derivable forms: dāyaḥ (दायः).

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

Daya (दय).—mfn.

(-yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) Compassionate, tender-hearted. mf.

(-yaḥ-yā) Tenderness, compassion, clemency. E. day to preserve, affix aṅ, fem. affix ṭāp.

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Dāya (दाय).—m.

(-yaḥ) 1. Gift, donation. 2. A special gift, as a nuptial present, alms to a student at his initiation, &c. 3. Portion, inheritance. 4. Loss, destruction. 5. Breaking, dividing. 6. A place, a site. 7. Irony. E. to give, in the passive form, affix ṇa; that which is given; or do to cut, &c. that which is divided. or dāy to give, affix karmaṇi bhāve vā ghañ .

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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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