Dhvani, Dhvanī: 15 definitions



Dhvani means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Dhvani (ध्वनि) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Siddheśvara, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (e.g., Dhvani) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dhvani (ध्वनि).—The son of Āpa who is one of the eight Vasus. Āpa had four sons called Vaitaṇḍa, Śrama, Śānta and Dhvani. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Āṃśa 1, Chapter 15).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Dhvani (ध्वनि).—A Sudhāmāna god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 27.

2) Dhvanī (ध्वनी).—A goddess enshrined at Śankhoddhāra.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 48.
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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

1) Dhvani (ध्वनि).—Sound; cf. ध्वनिं कुर्वन्नेवमुच्यते-शब्दं कुरु शब्दं मा कार्षीः (dhvaniṃ kurvannevamucyate-śabdaṃ kuru śabdaṃ mā kārṣīḥ) M. Bh. I. 1. Ahnika 1; cf. also Vak. Pad. I. 77; cf. also स्फोटः शब्दः, ध्वनिः शब्दगुणः (sphoṭaḥ śabdaḥ, dhvaniḥ śabdaguṇaḥ), M.Bh. on I. 1.70 Vart. 5. ध्वनि (dhvani) or sound is said to be the indicator (सूचक्र (sūcakra) or व्यञ्जक (vyañjaka)) of स्फोट (sphoṭa) the eternal sound.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Google Books: Croaking Frogs: A Guide to Sanskrit Metrics and Figures of Speech

Dhvani (ध्वनि, “suggested meaning”):—The Dhvanyāloka of Ānandavardhana went beyond Bharata’s rasa-theory and introduced the new idea that rasa can only be communcated by the power of implied or suggested meaning (dhvani).

To clarify the new idea he defines dhvani as “that type of poetry where the expression and the literal meaning keep themselves subordinate and reveal the suggested meaning which is the most imporant”. Dhvani is a poetic factor that goes beyond simple denotation or metaphor. The role of dhvani was hotly debated among poets, but eventually gained widespread support.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dhvani (ध्वनि).—m f (S) Sound. 2 An obscure rumor. 3 S A meaning implied; a matter involved and tacitly inculcated; an inference deducible. 3 Poetical style.

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

dhvani (ध्वनि).—m f Sound. An obscure rumour. An inference deducible.

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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

Dhvani (ध्वनि).—[dhvan-in]

1) Sound, echo, noise in general; मृदङ्गधीरध्वनिमन्वगच्छत् (mṛdaṅgadhīradhvanimanvagacchat) R.16.13;2.72;4.72; U.6.17. शब्दो ध्वनिश्च वर्णश्च मृदङ्गादिभवो ध्वनिः (śabdo dhvaniśca varṇaśca mṛdaṅgādibhavo dhvaniḥ) Bhāṣa. P.; स्फोटस्य ग्रहणे हेतुः प्राकृतो ध्वनिरिष्यते (sphoṭasya grahaṇe hetuḥ prākṛto dhvaniriṣyate) Vāk. P.

2) Tune, note, tone; Śi.6.48.

3) The sound of a musical instrument; R.9.71.

4) The roar or thunder of a cloud.

5) A mere empty sound.

6) A word.

7) Hint, implied meaning.

8) (In Rhet.) The first and best of the three main divisions of काव्य (kāvya) or poetry, in which the implied or suggested sense of a passage is more striking than the expressed sense; or where the expressed sense is made subordinate to the suggested sense; इदमुत्तममतिशयिनि व्यङ्ग्ये वाच्याद् ध्वनिर्बुधैः कथितः (idamuttamamatiśayini vyaṅgye vācyād dhvanirbudhaiḥ kathitaḥ) K. P.1. (R. G. gives 5 kinds of dhvani; see under dhvani).

Derivable forms: dhvaniḥ (ध्वनिः).

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

Dhvani (ध्वनि).—m.

(-niḥ) 1. Sound. 2. Figurative or poetical style. 3. The sound of a drum. E. dhvan to sound, in aff.

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

Dhvani (ध्वनि).—[dhvan + i], m. 1. Sound, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 123. 2. Figurative style, Sāh. D. 5, 9.

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

Dhvani (ध्वनि).—[masculine] sound, noise, roar, thunder; hint, figure of speech.

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

1) Dhvani (ध्वनि):—[from dhvan] m. sound, echo, noise, voice, tone, tune, thunder, [Atharva-veda] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] the sound of a drum, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] empty sound without reality, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

4) [v.s. ...] a word, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] allusion, hint, implied meaning, poetical style, [Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of [work]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of one of the Viśve Devās, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

8) [v.s. ...] of a son of the Vasu Āpa, [ib.]

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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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