Dhvasta: 11 definitions


Dhvasta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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 Dhwast.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Dhvasta (ध्वस्त, “destroyed”) refers to one of the sixty defects of mantras, according to the 11th century Kulārṇava-tantra: an important scripture of the Kaula school of Śāktism traditionally stated to have consisted of 125.000 Sanskrit verses.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Śrī Devī: “For those who do japa without knowing these defects [e.g., dhvasta—destroyed], there is no realization even with millions and billions of japa. [...] Oh My Beloved! there are ten processes for eradicating defects in Mantras as described. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Dhvasta (ध्वस्त) refers to “destroying (darkness)”, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “In the Mandala, an obscured Himalaya, abiding seated in lotus posture, [..] a universal vajra, half moon and sun on the head, destroying (dhvasta) darkness, bright, destroying great fear, lord of the seat of the flaming vajra and bell, the semen of two divinities granted, secret non-dual knowledge, clasping a woman in a natural state of emptiness, [...] a helper for crossing over together, the dreadful wilderness of saṃsāra, routing Māra, Śrī Vajrasattva, homage”.

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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: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume 27 (1947-1948)

Dhvasta (ध्वस्त) refers to “removing” (one’s distress), according to the Velūrpālaiyam plates of Nandivarman (II : S. I. I., Vol. II, p. 507. l.8).—Accordingly, “Thence came into existence the race of the Pallavas, who by the Law of Protection (they had adopted) removed (dhvasta) even the slightest distress (of their subjects,) [...]”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dhvasta (ध्वस्त).—p. p.

1) Fallen.

2) Destroyed, removed.

3) Lost, perished; वरं कृतध्वस्तगुणादत्यन्तमगुणः पुमान् (varaṃ kṛtadhvastaguṇādatyantamaguṇaḥ pumān) Kirātārjunīya 15.15. Amaruśataka 15.

4) Covered (with dust or anything); काञ्चनं रजसा ध्वस्तम् (kāñcanaṃ rajasā dhvastam) Rām.7.14.25.

5) Eclipsed.

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Dhvasta (ध्वस्त).—&c. See under ध्वंस् (dhvaṃs).

See also (synonyms): dhvasti.

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

Dhvasta (ध्वस्त).—mfn.

(-staḥ-stā-staṃ) 1. Fallen, 2. Destroyed, perished, lost. E. dhvaṃsa to fall, affix karttari kta.

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

Dhvasta (ध्वस्त).—[adjective] fallen, decayed, perished, destroyed, vanished; bestrewn, covered with ([instrumental] or —°).

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

1) Dhvasta (ध्वस्त):—[from dhvas] mfn. fallen, destroyed, perished, lost, [Brāhmaṇa] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] eclipsed, obscured, [Varāha-mihira]

3) [v.s. ...] scattered or covered with ([instrumental case] or [compound]), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature etc.]

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

Dhvasta (ध्वस्त):—[(staḥ-stā-staṃ) a.] Fallen; lost.

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

Dhvasta (ध्वस्त) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Dhatya.

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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

Dhvasta (ध्वस्त) [Also spelled dhwast]:—(a) ruined; destroyed, devastated; hence ~[] (nf).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dhvasta (ಧ್ವಸ್ತ):—

1) [adjective] fallen down.

2) [adjective] spoiled; destroyed.

3) [adjective] not to be found; lost.

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Dhvasta (ಧ್ವಸ್ತ):—

1) [noun] that which has fallen down.

2) [noun] that which is spoiled, destroyed.

3) [noun] abusive language.

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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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