Gahvara: 8 definitions

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Gahvara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Gahvara (गह्वर) refers to a “cave” according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains [viz., Gahvara], jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Gahvara (गह्वर) is the name of the northern cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te 12th century 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.

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Gahvara (गह्वर) refers to one of the eight charnel grounds (śmaśāna) of the Guṇacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the guṇacakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. Gahvara is associated with the tree (vṛkṣa) named Aśvattha; with the direction-guardian (dikpāla) named Kubera; with the serpent king (nāgendra) named Takṣaka and with the cloud king (meghendra) named Ghūrṇita.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Gahvara (गह्वर).—nf. (-raṃ-rī) A cave, a cavern, a grotto, a recess in a rock or mountain, &c. n.

(-raṃ) 1. A thicket, a wood. 2. Hypocrisy. 3. Weeping, crying, but not violently. m.

(-raḥ) An arbour, a bower. E. gāha to be agitated, and ṣvarac Unadi affix, the radical vowel made short.

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

Gahvara (गह्वर).—[gah + vara] (cf. gahana), I. adj., f. and , Impenetrable, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 5, 14, 4. Ii. n. 1. A thicket, Mahābhārata 4, 727. 2. An enigma, Mahābhārata 13, 1388.

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

Gahvara (गह्वर).—[feminine] ā & ī deep, impenetrable, confused, perplexed; p. = [preceding] [neuter], also secret, riddle.

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

1) Gahvara (गह्वर):—[from gah] mf(ā, ī)n. ([gana] aśmādi) deep, impervious, impenetrable, [Taittirīya-saṃhitā v; Harivaṃśa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] confused (in mind), [Kathāsaritsāgara; lxi, 39 and 41]

3) [v.s. ...] m. an arbour, bower, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a cave, cavern, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) Gahvarā (गह्वरा):—[from gahvara > gah] f. the plant Embelia Ribes, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) Gahvara (गह्वर):—[from gah] n. ‘an abyss, depth’ (‘water’ [Naighaṇṭuka, commented on by Yāska; Nirukta, by Yāska]) See re-ṣṭha

7) [v.s. ...] a hiding-place, thicket, wood, [Atharva-veda xii, 2, 53; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

8) [v.s. ...] an impenetrable secret, riddle, [Mahābhārata xiii, 1388]

9) [v.s. ...] a deep sigh, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] hypocrisy, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) [v.s. ...] Abrus precatorius (?), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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