Karuvi: 2 definitions


Karuvi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Tamil. 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

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Karuvi (implement) is another word for Āyudha: the “attributes” or “accessories” of a detiy, as defined in the texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The attributes (āyudha) also relate to the various attitudes in which the hands of images are shown and the postures which the bodies of the images are made to assume. The attributes include the costume, ornaments and head gear in which they are represented. The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Karuvi (கருவி) noun probably from கரு³. [karu³.] [Malayalam: karuvi.]

1. Instrument, tool, implement; ஆயுதம். கருவி கொண்டு . . . பொருள்கையுறின் [ayutham. karuvi kondu . . . porulkaiyurin] (சிலப்பதிகாரம் அரும்பதவுரை [silappathigaram arumbathavurai] 16, 186).

2. Means, materials, as for a sacrifice; சாதனம். அறிவற்றங் காக்குங் கருவி [sathanam. arivarrang kakkung karuvi] (திருக்குறள் [thirukkural], 421).

3. Armour, coat of mail; கவசம். (திவா.) [kavasam. (thiva.)]

4. Shield; கேடகம். கருவித்தேன் [kedagam. karuvithen] (சீவகசிந்தாமணி [sivagasindamani] 1606).

5. Saddle; குதிரைக் கலணை. (திவா.) [kuthiraig kalanai. (thiva.)]

6. Horse-whip; குதிரைச்சம் மட்டி. (சூடாமணிநிகண்டு) [kuthiraicham matti. (sudamaninigandu)]

7. Assembly, collection, flock, group; தொகுதி. [thoguthi.] (தொல். சொல். [thol. sol.] 354, உரை. [urai.])

8. Connection, concatenation; தொடர்பு. (திவா.) [thodarpu. (thiva.)]

9. Garment; வஸ்திரம். (சூடாமணிநிகண்டு) [vasthiram. (sudamaninigandu)]

10. Painting; சித்திரம். கருவியுயிர்பெற வெழுதி (ஈடு-முப்பத்தாறுயிரப்படி). [sithiram. karuviyuyirpera vezhuthi (idu-muppatharuyirappadi).]

11. Secondary or instrumental cause; துணைக்காரணம். வினைமுதல் கருவி [thunaikkaranam. vinaimuthal karuvi] (தொல். சொல். [thol. sol.] 73).

12. Lute; யாழ். (திவா.) [yazh. (thiva.)]

13. One of the musical instruments, of which there are four kinds, viz., தோற் கருவி, துளைக்கருவி, நரம்புக்கருவி, கஞ்சக்கருவி [thor karuvi, thulaikkaruvi, narambukkaruvi, kanchakkaruvi] to which கண்டக்கருவி [kandakkaruvi] (the larynx) is sometimes added as the fifth; இசையுண்டாதற்கு உரிய யாழ் முதலிய கருவிகள். [isaiyundatharku uriya yazh muthaliya karuvigal.]

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Karuvi (கருவி) noun (அகராதி நிகண்டு [agarathi nigandu])

1. Cloud; முகில். [mugil.]

2. Jewel; ஆபரணம். [aparanam.]

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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