Hitva, Hitvā: 4 definitions


Hitva 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)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Hitvā (हित्वा) refers to “discarding”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.22 (“Description of Pārvatī’s penance”).—Accordingly, after Menā spoke to Pārvatī: “[...] O excellent sage, on getting permission from her mother, Pārvatī remembered Śiva and felt happy. Bowing to her parents with joy, Pārvatī remembered Śiva and set out for performing penance along with her maids. Discarding [i.e., hitvā] all the fine clothes of her taste, she wore tree-barks and the fine girdle of Muñja grass. [...]”.

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

Hitvā (हित्वा).—Ind. Having left or abandoned. E. to leave, ktvā aff.

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

Hitvā (हित्वा).—[gerund] leaving alone, neglecting; without, except.

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

1) Hitvā (हित्वा):—[from ] ind. having left or abandoned etc.

2) [v.s. ...] letting alone, slighting, disregarding, [Rāmāyaṇa; Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) [v.s. ...] excepting, with the exception of ([accusative]), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

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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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