Digvibhaga, Digvibhāga: 9 definitions


Digvibhaga 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.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Digvibhaga in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Digvibhāga (दिग्विभाग) refers to “direction”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 12), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “[...] I will now speak of the rules of the arghya (offering) to be presented to Agastya as stated by the Ṛṣis. [...] When the darkness of the night should just begin to be broken by streaks of red light from the eastern horizon, princes, previously prepared for the purpose, ought to offer their arghya to Agastya by pouring it on the Earth in the direction of the star Canopus rising in the south-east as will be pointed out by the astronomer [i.e., sāṃvatsara-āvedita-digvibhāga]. The offering to be made by princes in honor of Agastya shall consist of the fragrant flowers of the season, of fruits, of precious stones, of gold cloths, of cows, of bulls, of well-cooked rice, of sweet-meats, of curdled milk, of colored rice, of perfumed smoke and fragrant paste”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Digvibhaga in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Digvibhāga (दिग्विभाग) refers to a “particular direction” (of the compass), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.25 (“The seven celestial sages test Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to the seven Sages: “[...] O Brahmins, if Śiva does not marry me I shall remain for ever a virgin. Truth, I tell you the truth. Even if the sun were to rise in the west [i.e., digvibhāgabhānuḥ paścime digvibhāge], even if the mountain Meru were to move; even if the fire were to be cool and even if the lotus were to bloom on a rock at the top of a mountain, my stubbornness cannot be nullified. I am telling you the truth. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Digvibhaga in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Digvibhāga (दिग्विभाग).—m.

(-gaḥ) A quarter or point of the compass. E. dik, and vibhāga division.

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

Digvibhāga (दिग्विभाग).—m. a quarter of the compass, direction, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 5, 14.

Digvibhāga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms diś and vibhāga (विभाग).

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

Digvibhāga (दिग्विभाग).—[masculine] = digbhāga.

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

Digvibhāga (दिग्विभाग):—[=dig-vibhāga] [from dig > diś] m. q°, point, direction, [Vikramorvaśī i, 0/1; Ratnāvalī iv, 5.]

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

Digvibhāga (दिग्विभाग):—[dig-vibhāga] (gaḥ) 1. m. A quarter or point of the compass.

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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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