Dhvanksha, Dhvāṅkṣa, Dhvamksha: 13 definitions


Dhvanksha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Dhvāṅkṣa can be transliterated into English as Dhvanksa or Dhvanksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष).—One of the twelve rākṣasas facing the twelve ādityas in the battle of the gods (devas) between the demons (asuras), according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 94. This battle was initiated by Mahiṣāsura in order to win over the hand of Vaiṣṇavī, the form of Trikalā having a red body representing the energy of Viṣṇu. Trikalā is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Veterinary Medicine (The study and treatment of Animals)

Source: Shodhganga: Portrayal of Animal Kingdom (Tiryaks) in Epics An Analytical study

1) Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष) (lit. “one who who utters the cry of birds or to caw”) is a synonym (another name) for the Crow (Kāka), according to scientific texts such as the Mṛgapakṣiśāstra (Mriga-pakshi-shastra) or “the ancient Indian science of animals and birds” by Hamsadeva, containing the varieties and descriptions of the animals and birds seen in the Sanskrit Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

2) Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष) also refers to the Carrion crow (Corvus Corone).

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष) refers to a “crow”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 3), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The dark spots, also known as ketus, the sons of Rāhu are Tāmasa, Kīlaka and the like, and are 33 in number. How they affect the earth depends upon their color, position and shape. If these spots should appear on the solar disc, mankind will suffer miseries; if on the lunar disc mankind will be happy; but if they take the shape of a crow [i.e., dhvāṅkṣa], a headless human body, or a weapon, mankind will suffer even though the spots should appear on the moon”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष, ‘crow’) is mentioned twice in the Atharvaveda, and in the Sūtras. Possibly the same bird is meant by the words Dhuṅkṣā and Dhūṅkṣṇā.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dhvanksha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष).—

1) A crow; (sometimes used at the end of comp. to show contempt; e. g. tīrthadhvāṅkṣaḥ q. v.).

2) A beggar.

3) An impudent fellow.

4) A gull, crane; यस्य दस्युगणा राष्ट्रे ध्वाङ्क्षा मत्स्यान् जलादिव । विहरन्ति परस्वानि स वै क्षत्रियपांसनः (yasya dasyugaṇā rāṣṭre dhvāṅkṣā matsyān jalādiva | viharanti parasvāni sa vai kṣatriyapāṃsanaḥ) || Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.142.29.

5) A carpenter.

Derivable forms: dhvāṅkṣaḥ (ध्वाङ्क्षः).

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

Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष).—m.

(-ṅkṣaḥ) 1. Any aquatic bird, as a crane, a gull, &c. feeding upon fish. 2. crow. 3. One of the Nagas. 4. A beggar. f. (-ṅkṣī) 1. A drug: see kākolī. 2. A female imp or fiend. E. dhvāṅkṣa to cry. affix ac; it and its derivatives, may also be read dhmākṣa, &c.

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

Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष).—m. A crow, [Brāhmaṇavilāpa] 2, 17.

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

Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष).—[masculine] a crow.

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

1) Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष):—[from dhvāṅkṣ] m. a crow, [Atharva-veda] etc. etc. (cf. tīrtha-)

2) [v.s. ...] Ardea Nivea, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

4) [v.s. ...] a house

5) [v.s. ...] (in [astrology]) Name of a Yoga

6) [v.s. ...] Name of a Nāga, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) Dhvāṅkṣā (ध्वाङ्क्षा):—[from dhvāṅkṣa > dhvāṅkṣ] f. a kind of plant and its fruit [gana] harītaky-ādi, Kal.

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

Dhvāṅkṣa (ध्वाङ्क्ष):—(ṅkṣaḥ) 1. m. Any aquatic bird; a crow; a beggar; a Nāga. f. A drug; a female imp.

[Sanskrit to German]

Dhvanksha 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dhvanksha in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dhvāṃkṣa (ಧ್ವಾಂಕ್ಷ):—[noun] any of a genus (Corvus, family Corvidae) of large, non-migratory passerine birds with glossy black plumage and a typical harsh call, including the raven, rook, and jackdaw; a crow.

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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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