Kuvalaya, Kuvalayā: 19 definitions

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Kuvalaya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, biology. 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)

[«previous next»] — Kuvalaya in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kuvalaya (कुवलय).—The name of the horses of Pratardana.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 8. 15.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Kuvalaya (कुवलय) is one of the sons of Srāvasti and grandson of Yuvanāśva, according to the Vaṃśānucarita section of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, [...] From Damaka was born Saryāti (Śaryāti?) whose son was Yuvanāśva. Srāvasti was the son of Yuvanāśva and he established the city of Śravasti. Kuvalaya was born of Srāvasti and afterwards Dhundhumāri was born.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: academia.edu: Yakṣiṇī-sādhana in the Kakṣapuṭa tantra

Kuvalayā (कुवलया) is the name of one of the thirty-two Yakṣiṇīs mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra. In the yakṣiṇī-sādhana, the Yakṣiṇī is regarded as the guardian spirit who provides worldly benefits to the practitioner. The Yakṣiṇī (e.g., Kuvalayā) provides, inter alia, daily food, clothing and money, tells the future, and bestows a long life, but she seldom becomes a partner in sexual practices.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Kuvalaya (कुवलय) refers to a “lotus”, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Oṃ a dark-blue lotus petal (kuvalaya-dala-nīla), an atmosphere with a garland of clouds, A dark-blue sky, a great ground of universal waters and great wind”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Kuvalaya in India is the name of a plant defined with Nymphaea nouchali in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Nymphaea emirnensis Planch. (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Fragm. (Mueller) (1861)
· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Species Plantarum.
· Regni Vegetabilis Systema Naturale (1821)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1993)
· Kew Bulletin (1989)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kuvalaya : (nt.) water-lily.

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

Kuvalaya, the (blue) water-lily, lotus, usually combined with kamala, q. v. Vv 354; DA. I, 50; VvA. 161, 181; PvA. 23, 77. (Page 223)

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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

Kuvalaya (कुवलय).—

1) The blue water-lily; कुवलयदलस्निग्धैरङ्गैर्ददौ नयनोत्सवम् (kuvalayadalasnigdhairaṅgairdadau nayanotsavam) Uttararāmacarita 3.22.

2) A water-lily in general.

3) The earth (-m. also).

Derivable forms: kuvalayam (कुवलयम्).

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Kuvalaya (कुवलय).—the orb; कुवलयकमलकोशाभ्यन्तरकोशः (kuvalayakamalakośābhyantarakośaḥ) Bhāgavata 5.16.5.

Derivable forms: kuvalayam (कुवलयम्).

Kuvalaya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ku and valaya (वलय).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kuvalayā (कुवलया).—name of a daughter of a dancing-teacher: Avadāna-śataka ii.24.8 ff.

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

Kuvalaya (कुवलय).—n.

(-yaṃ) 1. Any water lily. 2. The blue lotus. E. ku the earth, vala to cover, and kayan affix; also kuvala, and kuva.

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

Kuvalaya (कुवलय).—I. n. A water lily, [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 34. Ii. m. and n. The terrestrial globe (i. e. 3. ku-valaya), [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 5, 16, 5; 7.

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Kuvalaya (कुवलय).—see s. v.

Kuvalaya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ku and valaya (वलय).

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

Kuvalaya (कुवलय).—[neuter] the blue water-lily.

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

1) Kuvalaya (कुवलय):—[=ku-valaya] [from ku] a n. the orb, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa v, 16, 5 and 7]

2) 1. kuvalaya n. the water-lily (especially the blue variety, the flower of which opens at night), [Mahābhārata; Suśruta; Meghadūta] etc.

3) Kuvalayā (कुवलया):—[from kuvalaya] (ifc. f. ā) [Kathāsaritsāgara]

4) Kuvalaya (कुवलय):—m. Name of the horse of Kuvalayāśva, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa] (cf. kuvala.)

5) [=ku-valaya] 2. ku-valaya See 2. ku.

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

Kuvalaya (कुवलय):—(yaṃ) 1. n. A water-lily.

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

Kuvalaya (कुवलय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Kuvalaya.

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Kuvalaya 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

Kuvalaya (कुवलय) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Kuvalaya.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kuvalaya (ಕುವಲಯ):—

1) [noun] the water lily Nymphaea alba of Nymphaeaceae family.

2) [noun] its blue flower.

3) [noun] the plant Nelumbo nucifera ( = Nelumbium speciosum) of Nymphaeaceae family; white lotus plant.

4) [noun] its white flower.

5) [noun] the earth.

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Kuvaḷaya (ಕುವಳಯ):—[noun] = ಕುವಲಯ [kuvalaya].

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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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