Dhavaka, Ḍhavaka, Dhāvaka: 14 definitions


Dhavaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Dhavak.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Dhāvaka (धावक) refers to “running”, according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly: [while explaining the body circle (kāyacakra)]: “[...] There are also other females [who are] headless and running (dhāvaka), headless and dancing, and legless and sleeping. [Some] have heads [in the shape] of beaks of a crow and other [birds] They also dance with joy because of being in a great meditative state. This way, he should make lunar mansions and so on [placed] in the middle of the ground. [They] should be known in [their] respective colors. Everyone has a vehicle. [...]”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Dhāvaka.—(EI 18), the fore-runner. Note: dhāvaka 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 mythology, zoology, 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

ḍhavaka (ढवक).—n C A half, a moiety.

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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

Dhāvaka (धावक).—a. [dhāv-ṇvul]

1) Running, flowing.

2) Quick, swift.

3) Washing.

-kaḥ 1 A washerman.

2) Name of a poet (said to have composed the Ratnāvalī for King Srīharṣa); श्रीहर्षादेर्धावकादीनामिव यशः (śrīharṣāderdhāvakādīnāmiva yaśaḥ) K. P.1. (v. l.); प्रथितयशसां धावकसौमिल्लकविपुत्रादीनां प्रबन्धानतिक्रम्य (prathitayaśasāṃ dhāvakasaumillakaviputrādīnāṃ prabandhānatikramya) M.1 (v. l.).

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

Dhāvaka (धावक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) 1. Running, going, swift, expeditious. 2. Cleaning, what cleans or cleanses. E. dhāva to go. ṇvul aff.

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

Dhāvaka (धावक).—[dhāv + aka], adj. 1. Running, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 32, 22 Gorr. 2. Washing, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 38, 13, v. r.

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

Dhāvaka (धावक).—1. [adjective] running.

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Dhāvaka (धावक).—2. [adjective] washing; [masculine] washer.

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Dhāvaka (धावक).—3. [masculine] [Name] of a poet.

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

1) Dhāvaka (धावक):—[from dhāv] a mfn. running

2) [v.s. ...] m. purato dh forerunner, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [from dhāva > dhāv] b mfn. idem

4) [v.s. ...] m. a washerman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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

Dhāvaka (धावक):—[(kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) a.] Running; cleaning.

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

Dhāvaka (धावक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Dhoaga.

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Dhavaka 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Dhāvaka (धावक) [Also spelled dhavak]:—(nm) a runner.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dhāvaka (ಧಾವಕ):—

1) [adjective] cleaning; cleansing; detergent.

2) [adjective] moving, passing or advancing rapidly; running.

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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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