Kovida: 15 definitions


Kovida means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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

Kovida (कोविद) refers to “experts”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.38 (“Description of the dais or maṇḍapa”).—Accordingly, as Himavat prepared the wedding of Menā and Śiva: “[...] The watery places presented there excelled the solid grounds. Even experts (kovida) could not distinguish what was water and what was solid ground. There were artificial lions. There were rows of storks. There were artificial peacocks, but very beautiful in appearance. Artificial women were represented as dancing with artificial men casting wistful glances at them and enchanting them. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kovida (कोविद).—A class of people in Kuśadvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 16.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Kovida (कोविद) refers to “one who is learned”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 2), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “That prince meets with ruin who does not support a Jyotiṣaka well-versed in all the Divisions and Subdivisions of Saṃhitā and in Horoscopy and Astronomy. Even men who, having conquered their passions and cut asunder all ties of family, live in woods, desire to question a learned Jyotiṣaka [i.e., kovida] regarding their future”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kovida : (adj.) clever; well-versed; expert.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Kovida, (adj.) (ku+vid) one who is in the possession of right wisdom, with ref. either to dhamma, magga, or ariyasaccāni, closely related to medhāvin and paṇḍita. S. I, 146, 194, 196 (ceto-pariyāya°); A. II, 46; M. I, 1, 7, 135, 300, 310, 433; Dh. 403=Sn. 627; Sn. 484 (jātimaraṇa°), 653 (kammavipāka°); Pv. I, 1112; Vv 159 (=VvA. 73), 6330 (=VvA. 269); Miln. 344; Sdhp. 350.—akovida ignorant of true wisdom (dhammassa) S. I, 162; Sn. 763; S. IV, 287=Nd2 on attānudiṭṭhi. (Page 230)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kovida (कोविद).—a. Experienced, learned, skilled, wise, proficient (with gen. or loc. but usually in comp.); व्युत्पत्तिरावर्जितकोविदापि (vyutpattirāvarjitakovidāpi) Vikr.1.16; गुणदोषकोविदः (guṇadoṣakovidaḥ) Śiśupālavadha 14. 54,69; प्राप्यावन्तीनुदयनकथाकोविदग्रामवृद्धान् (prāpyāvantīnudayanakathākovidagrāmavṛddhān) Meghadūta 3; Manusmṛti 7.26; स्फुटचतुरकथा° (sphuṭacaturakathā°) Mu.3.1.

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

Kovida (कोविद).—mfn.

(-daḥ-dā-daṃ) Wise, learned. E. ko who sounds or teaches (the Shastras,) vida divine knowledge from vid to know, affix ka.

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

Kovida (कोविद).—[ko-vid + a], cf. koyaṣṭi, adj., f. , Knowing, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 26; Mahābhārata 3, 1287 (with gen.); skilful, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 80, 5 (with loc.).

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

Kovida (कोविद).—[adjective] knowing, clever, skilful in ([locative], [genetive], or —°). Abstr. tva [neuter]

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

1) Kovida (कोविद):—[=ko-vida] mf(ā)n. (√vid) experienced, skilled, learned in ([locative case] [genitive case], or ifc. e.g. aśveṣu, or aśvānām or aśva-kovida, ‘skilled in horses’), [Manu-smṛti vii, 26; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. [plural] Name of the Kṣatriyas in Kuśa-dvīpa, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa v, 20, 16.]

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

Kovida (कोविद):—[ko-vida] (daḥ-dā-daṃ) a. Wise.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Kovida (कोविद) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Kovia.

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Kovida in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kōvida (ಕೋವಿದ):—[noun] (masc.) a scholar a) a learned person; b) a specialist in a particular branch of learning.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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