Gunavat, Guṇavat: 8 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Tieteelliset verkkolehdet: A note on Sanskrit Gandha

That virtuous man (guṇavat), a descendant of the noble family of Guṇarāja and the ocean of virtues, is sitting under the bodhi-tree, by reason of whose virtues, gods, Asura, Yakṣas and Mahoragas ever appear to have the scent of virtues. (Lalitavistara 293.5–8)

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Guṇavat (गुणवत्) refers to “(one who is) talented”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “In the venerable seat of Oṃkāra, the talented Vijayā (guṇavatguṇavativijayā), who is (the energy) Śānti, pulses radiantly within. During the Kṛta Age (the Siddha) is the tranquil Ananta directly apparent. The one called Khagendra (is the Siddha) in the Tretā Age and (within him) in the sacred seat of Jāla is the Vidyā which is part of the maṇḍala and is impelled by the (most) excellent Void. I bow to Piṅgala who shines with the radiance of the Moon and Sun and is the incarnation (called) Kūrma”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Guṇavat (गुणवत्) refers to “being good in conduct”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.35 (“The story of Padmā and Pippalāda”).—Accordingly, as Dharma said to Padmā (wife of sage Pippalāda): “O chaste lady, you are blessed, you are devotedly attached to your husband. Hail to you. Take this boon. Your husband is the cause of your great protection. Let him be a young man with sexual vigour and righteousness. He shall be comely in appearance, good in conduct (guṇavat), eloquent in speech and perpetually stable in youth. Let him enjoy more longevity than Mārkaṇḍeya. Let him be richer than Kubera. Let him enjoy more prosperity and power than Indra. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Guṇavat (गुणवत्).—a.

1) Endowed with good qualities, virtuous, meritorious, good, excellent; गुणवति मृत्ये (guṇavati mṛtye) (nivedya duḥkhaṃ sukhī bhavati) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.11.

2) Endowed with qualities.

3) Delicious; भोजयेत्तान्गुणवता सदन्नेन शुचिस्मिते (bhojayettānguṇavatā sadannena śucismite) Bhāgavata 8.16.54.

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

Guṇavat (गुणवत्).—mfn. (-vān-vatī-vat) 1. Possessing attributes. 2. Endowed with good qualities. 3. Tied, bound, &c. E. guṇa quality, and matup poss. aff.

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

1) Guṇavat (गुणवत्):—[=guṇa-vat] [from guṇa] mfn. ‘furnished with a thread or string’ and ‘endowed with good qualities’ [Pañcatantra; Śārṅgadhara-paddhati; Subhāṣitāvali]

2) [v.s. ...] endowed with the five qualities or attributes of elements, [Sāṃkhyakārikā 60]

3) [v.s. ...] endowed with good qualities or virtues or merits or excellences, excellent, perfect, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a son of Guṇavatī, [Harivaṃśa 8840]

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

Guṇavat (गुणवत्):—[guṇa-vat] (vān-vatī-vat) a. Possessing good qualities.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Guṇavat (गुणवत्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Guṇilla.

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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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