Dvadashaha, Dvādaśāha, Dvadashan-aha, Dvadashahan, Dvadashan-ahan, Dvādaśāhan: 7 definitions


Dvadashaha 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 terms Dvādaśāha and Dvādaśāhan can be transliterated into English as Dvadasaha or Dvadashaha or Dvadasahan or Dvadashahan, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Dvādaśāha (द्वादशाह) refers to “sacrifices lasting twelve days”, according to the Āpastamba-yajña-paribhāṣā-sūtras.—“The Dvādaśāha is the Prakṛti of the Ahargaṇas”. Commentary: The Dvādaśāha lasts twelve days and is a Soma sacrifice. It is either an Ahīna or a Sattra. An Ahargaṇa is a series of daily and nightly sacrifices. Those which last from two nights to eleven nights are called Ahīna. Those which last from thirteen to one hundred nights or more are called Sattras.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Dvādaśāha (द्वादशाह) refers to the “time period of twelve days”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] [Now], I shall define the nature of that highest, mind-free absorption which arises for those devoted to constant practice. [...] By means of an absorption for a period of twelve days (dvādaśāhan), the state of moving across the earth is achieved. Within half the time [it takes to] blink an eyelid, [the Yogin can] travel [anywhere] around the world. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Dvādaśāha (द्वादशाह).—1. [masculine] a period of 12 days.

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Dvādaśāha (द्वादशाह).—2. [adjective] lasting 12 days.

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

1) Dvādaśāha (द्वादशाह):—[from dvā-daśa > dvā] mfn. lasting 12 days

2) [v.s. ...] a period or ceremony of 12 days, [Atharva-veda; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata]

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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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