Dinavatsala, Dīnavatsala, Dina-vatsala: 6 definitions


Dinavatsala 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Dīnavatsala (दीनवत्सल) refers to “one who is favourably disposed to the miserable”, and represents an epithet of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.10. Accordingly as Viṣṇu said to Brahmā:—“[...] He is the lord of the worlds and the destroyer of arrogance. He is favourably disposed to the miserable (dīnavatsala). Such is the lord, our master whom you consider your son!”.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

[«previous next»] — Dinavatsala in Vaishnavism glossary
Source: VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam

Dīnavatsala (दीनवत्सल) refers to the “protector of the poor”, used by the fish as an epithet for king Satyavrata, according to the Bhāgavatapurāṇa 8.24.13-14. Accordingly as Viṣṇu said to Brahmā:—“Satyavrata, the King of Draviḍadeśa, threw the fish into the water of the river along with the water in his palm, O King Parīkṣit, descendant of Bharata. With an appealing voice, the poor small fish said to King Satyavrata, who was very merciful: ‘My dear King, protector of the poor (dīnavatsala), why are you throwing Me in the water of the river, where there are other aquatics who can kill Me? I am very much afraid of them’.”.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dinavatsala in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dīnavatsala (दीनवत्सल).—a (S) dīnānukampī a (S) dīnābhimānī a (S) Gracious or propitious to, or espouser of the cause of, the poor and lowly.

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

dīnavatsala (दीनवत्सल).—a Gracious to the poor and lowly.

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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

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

Dīnavatsala (दीनवत्सल).—a. kind to the poor.

Dīnavatsala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dīna and vatsala (वत्सल). See also (synonyms): dīnadayālu.

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

Dīnavatsala (दीनवत्सल):—[=dīna-vatsala] [from dīna > dī] mfn. kind to the poor, [Monier-Williams’ 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 (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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