Lepya: 15 definitions


Lepya 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Lepya (लेप्य) refers to “clay” or “sandalwood paste”. It is one of the eight materials of which sacred images may be made, according to the Bhāgavatapurāṇa 11.27.12.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Lepyā (लेप्या) refers to a “paste” used as an ointment in the treatment of snake-bites such as those caused by the Kuṭila-snakes, according to the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Viṣavidyā or Sarpavidyā).—Accordingly, the treatment is mentioned as follows: “A paste made out of Red chalk or Ochre, (famed for its cooling properties) one measure of the powder of the bark of Śleṣmātaka and Śiriṣa must be used as lepa or ointment (lepyā). An effusion of the roots of (Suparṇa or Sugandha) and Vega combined with ghee and milk must be given as a drink”.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Lepya (लेप्य) refers to “having smeared (an image of a Nāga)” (as part of an offering ritual), according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as the Bhagavān teaches the offering of the root spell], “[...] Having taken brownish cow dung that has not touched the ground and taking ghee, milk and cow urine, one should mix it with seven seeds and flour. Having enchanted it ninety times with that mantra, a five-headed Nāga should be made. It should be hooded with jewels, seated cross-legged, coiled, and having smeared (lepya) it with white sandal and saffron, it should be placed on a pure seat. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Aspects of Jaina Art and Architecture

Lepya (लेप्य) (Sanskrit; in Prakrit: Leppa) refers to “images made of plaster”.—Images of Tīrthaṃkaras were made of stones, metals, wood, clay, precious gems, jewels or semi-precious stones. Speaking about sthāpāna or installation of a symbol for a Guru during his absence, the Jaina canonical text Anuyogadvāra-sūtra says that it may be made of wood, stucco-work, painting, plaster (lepya-karman / leppa-kamma), flower-work or knitting, or prepared by wrapped cloth or stuffed cast, repousse or beaten metal work.

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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

lēpya (लेप्य).—a S (Possible, purposed, necessary &c.) to be spread as unguent or plaster.

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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

Lepya (लेप्य).—a.

1) To be plastered, smeared &c.

2) Moulded, modelled; शैली दारुमयी लौही लेप्या लेख्या च सैकती (śailī dārumayī lauhī lepyā lekhyā ca saikatī) (pratimāṣṭa- vidhā) Bhāgavata 11.27.12.

-pyam 1 Plastering, smearing.

2) Moulding, modeling, making models.

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

Lepya (लेप्य).—mfn.

(-pyaḥ-pyā-pyaṃ) To be spread, as unguent or plaster, to be anointed or plastered. n.

(-pyaṃ) 1. Plastering, spreading or smearing ointment, mortar, &c. 2. Making models, moulding. E. lip to plaster, ṇyat aff.

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

Lepya (लेप्य).—[adjective] to be smeared or soiled.

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

1) Lepya (लेप्य):—[from lip] mfn. to be smeared or anointed or stained or defiled, [Maitrī-upaniṣad]

2) [v.s. ...] moulded, modelled, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] n. plastering, moulding, modeling, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Lepya (लेप्य):—[(pyaḥ-pyā-pyaṃ) a.] That should be plastered. n. Plastering.

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

Lepya (लेप्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Leppa, Leppā.

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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

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Lepya (लेप्य):—(a) [lepanīya].

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Lēpya (ಲೇಪ್ಯ):—[adjective] anointed; smeared; daubed.

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Lēpya (ಲೇಪ್ಯ):—[noun] amy greasy object, oil, ointment, paint, lime, etc. used to smear or paint or wash with.

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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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