Gauravarna, Gauravarṇa, Gaura-varna: 3 definitions


Gauravarna 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Gauravarna in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Gauravarṇa (गौरवर्ण) refers to “fair-complexioned”, and is used to describe the appearance of Lakṣmaṇa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.24. Accordingly as Śiva said to Satī:—“[...] O Goddess [Satī], they are two brothers Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. They are heroic, intelligent sons of Daśaratha, born of the solar dynasty. The fair-complexioned one [viz., gauravarṇa] is the younger brother Lakṣmaṇa. He is the partial incarnation of Śeṣa. The elder one is the complete incarnation of Viṣṇu. He is called Rāma. He is incapable of being harassed. The lord has incarnated on the Earth for our welfare and the protection of the good”.

2) Gauravarṇa (गौरवर्ण) refers to “one white in complexion” and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.30 (“The Celebration of Pārvatī’s Return”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Pārvatī became unconscious. She saw Śiva’s handsome form, bearing trident and other symbols before her vision. [...] Exquisitely white in complexion (gauravarṇa), the handsome lord Śiva, the friend of the distressed, the ocean of mercy was repeating the words ‘Choose the boon (or the bridegroom)’. ”.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Gauravarna in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Gauravarṇa (गौरवर्ण):—White

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gauravarna in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Gauravarṇa (ಗೌರವರ್ಣ):—[noun] = ಗೌರ [gaura]2 - 1, 2, & 3.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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