Havyavahana, aka: Havyavāhana, Havya-vahana; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


[Havyavahana in Purana glossaries]

1a) Havyavāhana (हव्यवाहन).—Is Agni (Hohīya) sent by Indra to disturb the love of Umā and Śankara;1 cursed by Umā to bear the burdens of maternity;2 he in his turn requested Gangā to share it.

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 28. III. 10. 24; 11. 37.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 72. 21-8.

1b) (Ātreya) a sage of the Rohita epoch.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 63.

1c) A son of Dhara, a Vasava.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 5. 23.

1d) The name of the ninth kalpa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 21. 31; 24. 162.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[Havyavahana in Shaktism glossaries]

Havyavāhana (हव्यवाहन) refers to one of the eight forms of fire (agni) to be assigned to the body parts of the worshipper during preliminary rites before Dīkṣā: an important ritual of Śāktism described in the Śāradātilaka-tantra, chapters III-V. The various tongues (jihvās) of fire are assigned to the various limbs of the body of the worshipper. The eight forms of fire (viz. Havyavāhana) are assigned to the body of the worshipper.

(Source): JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Havyavahana in Sanskrit glossaries]

Havyavāhana (हव्यवाहन).—m. 'the bearer of oblations', fire; तथा हि तोयौघविभिन्नसंहतिः स हव्यवाहः प्रययौ पराभवम् (tathā hi toyaughavibhinnasaṃhatiḥ sa havyavāhaḥ prayayau parābhavam) Ki.16.61; अथ संचिन्तयामास भगवान् हव्यवाहनः (atha saṃcintayāmāsa bhagavān havyavāhanaḥ) Mb.3.217.1.

Havyavāhana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms havya and vāhana (वाहन). See also (synonyms): havyalehin, havyavāh, havyavāha.

(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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