Dhavala, aka: Dhavalā; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Dhavala (धवल) refers to one of the 130 varṇavṛttas (syllabo-quantitative verse) dealt with in the second chapter of the Vṛttamuktāvalī, ascribed to Durgādatta (19th century), author of eight Sanskrit work and patronised by Hindupati: an ancient king of the Bundela tribe (presently Bundelkhand of Uttar Pradesh). A Varṇavṛtta (eg., dhavala) refers to a type of classical Sanskrit metre depending on syllable count where the light-heavy patterns are fixed.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Dhavala (धवल) is the name of a great warrior (mahāratha) who fought on Śrutaśarman’s side but was slain by Prabhāsa, who participated in the war against Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 48. Accordingly: “... then four more great warriors, armed with bows, sent by Śrutaśarman, surrounded Prabhāsa:... the fourth was named Dhavala, the ruler of Bhūmituṇḍika”.

2) Dhavala (धवल) or Dhavalapura is the name of an ancient city according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 56. Accordingly, as Candrasvāmin said to his son Mahīpāla: “... in the city of Dhavala there was a merchant’s son named Cakra. He went on a trading voyage to Svarṇadvīpa against the will of his parents”.

3) Dhavala (धवल) is the name of a washerman (rajaka) from from Brahmasthala, as mentioned in the sixth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 80. Accordingly, “... and once there came there to bathe, on that day, a young washerman of the name of Dhavala, from a village called Brahmasthala. He saw there the virgin daughter of a man named Śuddhapaṭa, a girl called Madanasundarī, who had come to bathe in the sacred water [of Gaurītīrtha]...”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Dhavala, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

A channel flowing eastward from the Aciravati, a canal of the Mahavalukanadi. Cv.lxxix.53.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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India history and geogprahy

Dhavalā (धवला) is the name of a village mentioned as lying on the western boundary of Muñjavalī, according to the “Ṭhāṇā plates of Nāgārjuna”. The boundary villages Doṇā, Dhavalā and Kuḍisavarā can be identified in the vicinity of Vāṃgaṇī. Muñjavalī has now disappeared, but it seems to have been situated near Vāṃgaṇī, a station on the Central Railway, which is evidently Vāiṅgaṇī mentioned in the present grant.

These copper plates (mentioning Dhavalā) were discovered in a tank in the locality called Pancha Pākhādī outside the town of Ṭhāṇā in 1965. The object of the present plates is to record the grant, by Mahāmaṇḍaleśvara Nāgārjuna, of a plot of land in the village Muñjavalī to Mādhava Paṇḍita, son of Gokarṇa Paṇḍita, of the Pārāśara gotra and Yajurveda-śakhā. The grant is dated in śaka 961, on the fifteenth tithi of the dark fortnight of Śrāvaṇa, Wednesday, the cyclic year being Pramāthin, with a solar eclipse.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras
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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

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dhavala : (adj.) white; clean. (n.), white colour.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Dhavala, (adj.) (Sk. dhavala, to dhavati, see dhāvati & dhovati) white, dazzling white VvA.252; Dāvs II.123; V, 26. (Page 340)

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

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ḍhavaḷa (ढवळ).—m An annual plant, Lobella Nicotianifolia. Grah. Pipes or horns are made out of the stalks.

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ḍhavaḷā (ढवळा).—m (ḍhavaḷaṇēṃ) Confusion, disorder, ruin; smashed, squashed, blasted state (of a business, a counsel &c.); smish-smash. 2 unc Muddledness or disturbedness literally.

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ḍhavaḷā (ढवळा).—a (dhavala S) White.

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ḍhavāḷa (ढवाळ).—. See under ṭavāḷa.

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dhavala (धवल).—a S pop. dhavaḷa a & dhavā a White.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ḍhavaḷā (ढवळा).—m Confusion, disorder. a White.

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ḍhavāḷa (ढवाळ).—See ṭavāḷa &c.

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dhavala (धवल).—a dhavaḷa a & dhavā a White.

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

Dhavala (धवल).—a. [dhavaṃ kampaṃ lāti lā-ka; Tv.]

1) White; धवलातपत्र, धवलगृहम्, धवलवस्त्रम् (dhavalātapatra, dhavalagṛham, dhavalavastram) &c. नीता येन निशा शशाङ्कधवला (nītā yena niśā śaśāṅkadhavalā) Ujjvalamaṇi.

2) Handsome.

3) Clear, pure.

-laḥ 1 The white colour.

2) An excellent bull.

3) China camphor (cīnakarpūra).

4) Name of a tree. (dhava).

-lam White-pepper.

-lā A woman with a white complexion.

-lī A white cow; (dhavalā also).

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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