Ekavidha, aka: Eka-vidha; 5 Definition(s)


Ekavidha means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Ekavidha (एकविध, “one type”).—What is the meaning of one type (ekavidha)?  Knowledge of a small part or one in number of an object is called eka. One type of object is called ekavidha.

The opposite (setara) of ekavidha is bahuvidha (many types).—Many types of objects /entities are called knowledge of many types (bahuvidha).

according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 1.16, “The subdivisions of each of these (kinds of mati, or ‘mind-based knowledge’) are: more, many kinds (bahuvidha), quick, hidden, unexpressed, lasting, and their opposites”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 1
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Pali-English dictionary

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ekavidha : (adj.) of one kind; similar.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Ekavidha, (adj.) (eka + vidha) of one kind, single, simple Vism.514; adv. ekavidhā singly, simply Vism.528. (Page 160)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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ēkavidhā (एकविधा).—ad In one way or manner.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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-English dictionary

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Ekavidha (एकविध).—a. of one kind; simple.

Ekavidha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and vidha (विध).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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. 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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