Havyakavya, Havya-kavya: 7 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Havyakavya in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Havyakavya (हव्यकव्य) refers to “oblations both to the Gods and the spirits of the deceased ancestors”, and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.29. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] slighted thus and hence very furious at everyone she [Satī] directed her burning fiery look at Dakṣa and every one present there. Satī said:—‘[...] the articles of offerings, the mantra, the Havya and Kavya [viz., havyakavya], everything is identical with Śiva. How is it that the sacrifice is being performed without Him?”.

2) Havyakavya (हव्यकव्य) or Havyakavyānna refers to “Havya and Kavya offerings”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] obeisance to Thee the blue-necked, the creator, the supreme soul, the universe, the seed of the universe and the cause of the bliss of the universe. You are Oṃkāra, Vaṣaṭkāra, the initiator of enterprises, Hantakāra, Svadhākāra and the partaker of Havya and Kavya offerings (i.e., havyakavya-anna-bhuj) always”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Havyakavya in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

havyakavya (हव्यकव्य).—n (havya & kavya) A comprehensive or general term for offerings to the deities and to the manes of deceased ancestors.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

havyakavya (हव्यकव्य).—n A comp. term for offerings to the deities and to the manes of de- ceased ancestors.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Havyakavya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Havyakavya (हव्यकव्य).—oblations to the gods and to the Manes, or spirits of deceased ancestors; हव्यकव्याभिवाह्याय सर्वस्यास्य च गुप्तये (havyakavyābhivāhyāya sarvasyāsya ca guptaye) Ms.1.94;3.97,128; et seq.

Derivable forms: havyakavyam (हव्यकव्यम्).

Havyakavya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms havya and kavya (कव्य).

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

Havyakavya (हव्यकव्य).—n.

(-vyaṃ) The oblations to the gods and to the spirits of deceased ancestors.

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

Havyakavya (हव्यकव्य).—[neuter] sgl. or [dual] an oblation to the gods and the Manes.

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

Havyakavya (हव्यकव्य):—[=havya-kavya] [from havya > hava] n. oblations both to the gods and to the spirits of deceased ancestors, [Manu-smṛti iii, 190]

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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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