Gahvara; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

(Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

[Gahvara in Tibetan Buddhism glossaries]

Gahvara (गह्वर) is the name of the northern cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. As a part of this sādhana, the practicioner is to visualize a suitable dwelling place for the goddess inside the circle of protection which takes the form of eight cremation grounds.

Gahvara is mentioned in the Saṃvarodaya-tantra as having various associative characteristics

tree (vṛkṣa) = Bodhi,
protector (dikpati) = Kubera,
serpent (nāga) = Takṣaka,
cloud (megha) = Ghūrṇita,
funeral monuments (caitya) = Saṃskāravajra,
mountain (giri) = Mandara.

The Guhyasamayasādhanamālā by Umāptideva is a 12th century ritualistic manual including forty-six Buddhist tantric sādhanas. The term sādhana refers to “rites” for the contemplation of a divinity.

(Source): Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini
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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Gahvara in Sanskrit glossaries]

Gahvara (गह्वर).—a. (- or - f.).

1) Deep, impervious; Bhāg.1.6.13.

2) Confused (in mind); बभूव गह्वरो ग्रामवासी कोऽपि जडः पुमान् (babhūva gahvaro grāmavāsī ko'pi jaḍaḥ pumān) Ks.61.39,41.

-ram 1 An abyss, a depth.

2) A thicket, forest; गुल्मतृणवीरुद्भिर्गह्वरमिव भव- त्येवमेव गृहाश्रमः (gulmatṛṇavīrudbhirgahvaramiva bhava- tyevameva gṛhāśramaḥ) Bhāg.5.14.4.

3) A cave, cavern; गौरीगुरोर्गह्वरमाविवेश (gaurīgurorgahvaramāviveśa) R.2.26.46; Ṛs.1.21.

4) An inaccessible place.

5) A hiding-place.

6) A riddle.

7) Hypocrisy.

8) Weeping, crying.

9) Water.

1) A deep sigh.

-raḥ An arbour, bower.

-rī 1 A cave, cavern, recess in a rock or mountain.

2) The earth.

(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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