Dvar, Dvār: 10 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

2) Dvār (द्वार्) refers to the “entrance” of a Śiva temple, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.18.—Accordingly:—“[...] with this hope he sat at the threshold (dvār) of the temple of Śiva watching the great worship (mahāpūjā) by the devotee. When the worship was over, the songs and dances of prayer were duly concluded, the devotees lay down and began to sleep. Immediately the young man entered the sanctum sanctorum of Śiva in order to steal the eatables left there”.

2) Dvār (द्वार्) refers to the “gate” (viz., of a mansion) and is used to describe Satī, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.28. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“Satī reached the place where the colourful sacrifice accompanied by the enthusiasm of Devas, Asuras, great sages etc. was in progress. She saw her father’s mansion abounding inwondrous things lustrous and beautiful as well as the groups of Devas and sages. The Goddess stopped at the gate (dvār) and descended from Nandin, the bull. She went all alone inside the place of sacrifice”.

Purana book cover
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Universität Wien: Sudarśana's Worship at the Royal Court According to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā

Dvār (द्वार्) refers to the “main gate”, according to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, belonging to the Pāñcarātra tradition which deals with theology, rituals, iconography, narrative mythology and others.—Accordingly, “An abnormal modification caused by a aggressive ritual against Kings, occurring at the improper time, dreadful and all-reaching, is characterized by the these signs: [...] the earth produces less grains and multitudes of cows fall dead; his kingdom suffers again and again from droughts; the Earth-Master’s Queens are seized by serious illness; snakes and ants appear in the palace, at the main gate (dvārprāsāde dvāri maṇḍape) and in the pavilion; [...] from such and other signs he should understand that the enemy is performing a aggressive ritual”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dvār (द्वार्).—f.

1) A door, gate; विदश्य निम्बपत्राणि नियता द्वारि वेश्मनः (vidaśya nimbapatrāṇi niyatā dvāri veśmanaḥ) Y.3.12; Manusmṛti 3.88.

2) Access, way.

3) A means, an expedient. (dvārā 'by means of', 'through').

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

Dvār (द्वार्).—f.

(-dvāḥ) 1. A door, a gate. 2. A means, an expedient, a medium or way by which any thing takes place or is effected. E. dvṛ to cover or hold, in the causal form, affix vic .

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

Dvār (द्वार्).— (vb. dvṛ), f. 1. A door, a gate, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 88. 2. Opportunity, [Mṛcchakaṭikā, (ed. Stenzler.)] 138, 1. 3. A means; instr, dvārā, as latter part of comp. words, By, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 218, 11.

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

Dvār (द्वार्).—[feminine] gate, door, opening; entrance or issue; way, means; dvārā (—°) by means of.

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

1) Dvār (द्वार्):—[from dvāḥ] ([from] √dvṛ?), gate, door, entrance or issue, [figuratively] expedient, means, opportunity ([instrumental case] ifc. by means of, by), [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] cf. 1. dur, 1. dura and dvāra; [Greek] θύρα; [Latin] fores; [Slavonic or Slavonian] dvĭrĭ; Lit., dúrys; Got. daur; Old [Saxon] dor etc.

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

Dvār (द्वार्):—(dvāḥ) 5. f. A door; a medium.

[Sanskrit to German]

Dvar 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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