Haimavata; 6 Definition(s)

Introduction

Haimavata means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Dharmashastra (religious law)

[Haimavata in Dharmashastra glossaries]

Haimavata (हैमवत) is the name of a deity to be invoked in a certain ritual, according to the Mānavagṛhyasūtra 2.14. Accordingly, the deity is prescribed when one suffers from possession by the Vināyakas, Śālakaṭaṅkaṭa, Kūṣmāṇḍarājaputra, Usmita and Devayajana. The Baijavāpagṛhyasūtra replaces the names of last two vināyakas with Mita and Sammita. According to R. C. Hazra in his Gaṇapati-worship, “this rite is both expiatory and propitiatory in nature and in which various things including meat and fish (both raw and cooked) and wine and cakes are to be offered”..

The gṛhya-sūtras are a branch of dharma-sūtras and refer to a category of Vedic literature dealing with domstic rites and rituals. The Mānava-gṛhya-sūtra belongs to the Kṛṣṇa-yajurveda. The Baijavāpa-gṛhya-sūtra is known only through references to it in other works (eg., Vīramitrodaya-Saṃskāra).

(Source): archive.org: The religion and philosophy of the Veda and the Upanishads (dharmashastra)
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Haimavata in Itihasa glossaries]

Haimavata (हैमवत) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Haimavata) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Purana

[Haimavata in Purana glossaries]

Haimavata (हैमवत).—A region north of the Himālayas made famous in the Purāṇas. Śukabrahmarṣi on his way from Mahāmeru to Mithilāpurī crossed this region. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 325, Verse 14).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[Haimavata in Buddhism glossaries]
One of the Hinayana School, a subdivision of Sthaviradin. It was a school of the snow mountains, a schismatic philosophical school.(Source): Buddhist Door: Glossary

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Haimavata in Jainism glossaries]

Haimavata (हैमवत) or Haimavatavarṣa refers to a region of Jambūdvīpa: the first continent of the Madhya-loka (middle-word), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.10. It is named after supreme lord (cakravarti) Bharata. Proximity to Himavāna region is the reason for assigning the name Haimavatavarsha to 2nd region. The mountain chain Himavana separates the Bharata and Haimavata regions. The mountain chain Mahāhimavān separates the Haimavata and Harivarsha. Rohita and Rohitāsyā rivers divide Haimavata-kṣetra.

The life span of inhabitants of Haimavat, Harivarṣa and Devakuru beings is one, two and three palyopama. The five Haimavat regions of two and a half continents (dhāi-dvīpa), in which inhabitants live, have the happy-misery period (3rd time period) always. There the inhabitants have a life span of one palya, the height of their body is 2000 bows, they take food once on alternate days, and they have bodies are of blue colour (like blue lotus).

Jambūdvīpa (containing the Haimavata region) is in the centre of all continents and oceans; all continents and oceans are concentric circles with Jambūdvīpa in the centre. Like the navel is in the centre of the body, Jambūdvīpa is in the centre of all continents and oceans. Sumeru Mount is in the centre of Jambūdvīpa. It is also called Mount Sudarśana.

(Source): Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Haimavata in Sanskrit glossaries]

Haimavata (हैमवत).—a. (- f.) [हिमवतो अदूरभवो देशः तस्येदं वा अण् (himavato adūrabhavo deśaḥ tasyedaṃ vā aṇ)]

1) Snowy.

2) Flowing from the snowy, i. e. Himālaya mountain; आनन्दशीतामिव बाष्पवृष्टिं हिमस्रुतिं हैमवतीं ससर्ज (ānandaśītāmiva bāṣpavṛṣṭiṃ himasrutiṃ haimavatīṃ sasarja) R.16.44.

3) Bred in, belonging to, or situated on, the Himālaya mountain; यद्यच्चक्रे महाबाहुस्तस्मिन् हैमवते गिरौ (yadyaccakre mahābāhustasmin haimavate girau) Mb.3.16.4; स्थाण्वाश्रमं हैमवतं जगाम (sthāṇvāśramaṃ haimavataṃ jagāma) Ku.3.23;2.67.

-taḥ A kind of poison.

-tam Bhāratavarṣa or India.

(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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