Deha; 10 Definition(s)


Deha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Deha (देह) refers to “the anabolic character of the lving body”. The term is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhitā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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1a) Deha (देह).—Human body; as a temple; philosophical interpretation of.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 43. 53-54 ff.

1b) One of the twenty Amitābha gaṇas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 17.
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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Deha (देह) refers to one of the forty-seven tānas (tone) used in Indian music.—The illustration of Deha (as a deity) according to 15th-century Indian art is as follows.—The colour of bis body is yellow. His face is similar to the face of a horse. A viṇā is in his both bands.

The illustrations (of, for example Deha) are found scattered throughout ancient Jain manuscripts from Gujarat. The descriptions of these illustrations of this citrāvalī are based on the ślokas of Vācanācārya Gaṇi Sudhākalaśa’s Saṅgītopaniṣatsāroddhāra (14th century) and Śārṅgadeva’s Saṅgītaratnākara (13th century).

Source: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Deha (देह) refers to a class of piśāca deities according to both the Digambara and Śvetāmbara traditions of Jainism. The piśācas refer to a category of vyantaras gods which represents one of the four classes of celestial beings (devas).

The deities such as Dehas are defined in ancient Jain cosmological texts such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapaṇṇati by Yativṛṣabha (5th century) in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Deha (देह) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Deha] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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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

Pali-English dictionary

deha : (m. nt.) the body.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Deha, (Sk. deha to *dheigh to form, knead, heap up (cp. kāya=heap), see diddha. So also in uddehaka. Cp. Kern, Toev. p. 75 s. v. sarīradeha. Cp. Gr. teίxos (wall)=Sk. dehī; Lat. fingo & figura; Goth. deigan (knead)=Ohg. teig=E. dough) body A.II, 18; PvA.10, 122. Usually in foll. phrases: hitvā mānusaṃ dehaṃ S.I, 60; Pv.II, 956; pahāya m. d. S.I, 27, 30; jahati d. M.II, 73; °ṃ nikkhipati Pv.II, 615; (muni or khīṇāsavo) antima-deha-dhārin (°dhāro) S.I, 14, 53; II, 278; Sn.471; Th.II, 7, 10; It.32, 40, 50, 53. °nikkhepana laying down the body Vism.236. (Page 331)

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

dēha (देह).—m (S) The body. dēha ugāḷaṇēṃ To wear down one's body (as in service &c.) dēha kāraṇīṃ lāvaṇēṃ g. of o. To spend one's self in the cause of. dēha ṭākaṇēṃ-ṭhēvaṇēṃ-mōḍaṇēṃ To cast off the tabernacle of clay. dēhaṃ vā pātayēt arthaṃ vā sādhayēt Lose one's life or gain one's object. dēhānta ujēḍa paḍaṇēṃ To get light (respecting one's crime or sin) by suffering its penalty. dēhānta asūna vidēhī One, although in the body, living as freed from it; one of subdued affections and desires. dēhāvara asaṇēṃ To be in one's senses or right mind. dēhāvara gāṇēṃ-gīta-abhaṅga-pada-lāvaṇī kavana &c. Used of a kind of Double entendre consisting of allusions to the privities and pudenda of the human body, but bearing spiritual or mystic signification. dēhāvara asaṇēṃ To be wandering or absent in mind. dēhāvara yēṇēṃ To come to one's senses, lit. fig.; to leave off wild tricks or loose practices. dēhīṃ dēvapaṇa dākhaviṇēṃ-āṇaṇēṃ-yēṇēṃ &c. To evince &c. knowledge of Divine or spiritual truth whilst in the body.

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dēha (देह).—m ( P) A village. And dēhahāya, dēhē- hāya, dēhāya m pl ( P) Villages. In notes and official papers.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dēha (देह).—m The body. dēha kāraṇīṃ lāvaṇēṃ Spend one's self in the cause of. dēhāvara asaṇēṃ Be in one's senses or right mind. dēhāvara nasaṇēṃ Be absent in mind; be wild. dēhāvara yēṇēṃ Come to one's senses; leave off mad pranks.

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

Deha (देह).—[dih-ghañ]

1) The body; देहं दहन्ति दहना इव गन्धवाहाः (dehaṃ dahanti dahanā iva gandhavāhāḥ) Bv.1.14.

2) A form, shape, bulk, mass,

3) A person, an individual.

4) An appearance, a manifestation. -हः (haḥ) Anointing, smearing.

-hī A rampart, wall, mound.

Derivable forms: dehaḥ (देहः), deham (देहम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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