Lavanya, Lāvaṇya, Lāvaṇyā: 17 definitions


Lavanya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Lavany.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Lāvaṇyā (लावण्या) (Cf. Sulāvaṇyā) refers to “beauty”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.18 (“Description of the perturbation caused by Kāma”).—Accordingly, as Śiva described Pārvatī: “[...] Whatever is graceful and sweet in the creation has been incorporated here. Indeed, all her limbs are exquisite in every respect. How blessed is this Pārvatī of mysteriously wonderful features. There is no other woman equal to her in beauty in the three worlds. She is a storehouse of the finest beauty [i.e., su-lāvaṇyā-nidhi]. She has wondrous beautiful limbs. She is an enchantress of even sages. She increases great happiness”.

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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: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य) refers to “beautiful”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 13.1-9, while describing the appearance and worship of Viṣṇu, in the form of Nārāyaṇa]—“[...] Or, he should meditate [on Nārāyaṇa] atop Garuḍa, Śrī at his side. [He should visualize Viṣṇu] very white and beautiful [with] three faces [that] resemble the moon, six arms, decorated like Varāha Hari, [his hands] endowed with [the shapes of] wish-granting and protection. Śrī is of the same color and holds the same weapons, suitably beautiful and charming (lāvaṇya-kānti-sadṛśī) before the eyes of Devadeva. [...]”.

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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

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य) refers to “beauty”, 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, “By the form of a skull cup, and by the letter Māṃ, Vāruṇī, Eighteen arms, one face, red color, and three eyes, A sword, arrow and hook, on the right, a skull cup, ax and banner, Thus a mace, thus a bell, and in the ninth, granting wishes, A two-headed drum, a bow and noose, a staff and a water pot, A trident, hammer and lute, and thus a number, in the upper hand, A young adolescent beauty (nava-yauvana-lāvaṇyā), a great beauty, a beautiful goddess”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य) refers to “charm”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “A line of waves in a river that has gone somewhere also returns but not for men the handsome form, strength, charm [and] gracefulness (lāvaṇyana rūpabalalāvaṇyaṃ saundaryaṃ) that has gone”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

lāvaṇya (लावण्य).—n S Beauty, loveliness, prettiness: also handsomeness or comeliness or gracefulness of figure. 2 Saltness, the taste or the property of salt.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

lāvaṇya (लावण्य).—n Beauty, loveliness, prettiness. Saltness.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य).—[lavaṇasya bhāvaḥ ṣyañ]

1) Saltness.

2) Beauty, loveliness, charm; तथापि तस्या लावण्यं रेखया किंचिदन्वितम् (tathāpi tasyā lāvaṇyaṃ rekhayā kiṃcidanvitam) Ś. 6.13;7.18; (lāvaṇya is thus defined in Śabdak.:-muktāphaleṣu chāyāyāstaralatvamivāntarā | pratibhāti yadaṅgeṣu tallāvaṇyamihocyate ||). Shri Kshitishachandra points out in his Mañjūṣā that the word does not seem to have any connection with लवण (lavaṇa) (salt). The word रामण्यक (rāmaṇyaka) (= beauty) occurs in the Rāmāyaṇa (vanarāmaṇyakaṃ yatra jalarāmaṇyakaṃ tathā Araṇyakāṇḍa 25.5). 'रलयोरभेद इति न्यायेन सन्निहितयोरनुनासिकयो रेकस्य विषमीकरणप्रक्रियया चाननुनासिकीकरणेन लावण्यमिति निष्पन्न- मिति प्रतिभाति (ralayorabheda iti nyāyena sannihitayoranunāsikayo rekasya viṣamīkaraṇaprakriyayā cānanunāsikīkaraṇena lāvaṇyamiti niṣpanna- miti pratibhāti)' ()|' Amaruśataka gives a verse containing a pun on the word लावण्य (lāvaṇya) (saltness, loveliness):-पीता यतः- प्रभृति कामपिपासितेन तस्या मयाधररसः प्रचुरः प्रियायाः । तृष्णा तदा प्रभृति मे द्विगुणत्वमेति लावण्यमस्ति बहु तत्र किमत्र चित्रम् (pītā yataḥ- prabhṛti kāmapipāsitena tasyā mayādhararasaḥ pracuraḥ priyāyāḥ | tṛṣṇā tadā prabhṛti me dviguṇatvameti lāvaṇyamasti bahu tatra kimatra citram) ||

Derivable forms: lāvaṇyam (लावण्यम्).

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

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य).—n.

(-ṇyaṃ) 1. Saltness, the taste or property of salt. 2. Beauty, loveliness. E. lavaṇa salt, and ṣyañ aff.

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

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य).—i. e. lavaṇa + ya, n. 1. Saltness. 2. Loveliness, charm, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 136, M.M.; beauty, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 2. ed. 19, 3.

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

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य).—[neuter] saltness; charm, beauty.

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

1) Lavanya (लवन्य):—[from lava] m. Name of a [particular] tribe of men, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

2) Lāvaṇya (लावण्य):—[from lāvaṇa] n. (ifc. f(ā). ) saltness, the taste cr property of salt, [Amaru-śataka]

3) [v.s. ...] beauty, loveliness, charm, [Inscriptions; Kāvya literature; Kathāsaritsāgara etc.]

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

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य):—(ṇyaṃ) 1. n. Saltness; loveliness.

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

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Lāyaṇṇa, Loṇṇa.

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Lavanya 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Lāvaṇya (लावण्य) [Also spelled lavany]:—(nm) charm, beauty, loveliness, comeliness.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Lāvaṇya (ಲಾವಣ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] the fact of containing or seasoned with common salt (sodium carbonate).

2) [noun] beauty; attractiveness.

3) [noun] amorous toying; flirtation; dalliance.

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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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