Manavaka, Māṇavaka, Mānavaka: 10 definitions

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Manavaka 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

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

1) Māṇavaka (माणवक) refers to one of the 135 metres (chandas) mentioned by Nañjuṇḍa (1794-1868 C.E.) in his Vṛttaratnāvalī. Nañjuṇḍa was a poet of both Kannada and Sanskrit literature flourished in the court of the famous Kṛṣṇarāja Woḍeyar of Mysore. He introduces the names of these metres (eg., Māṇavaka) in 20 verses.

2) Mānavaka (मानवक) refers to one of the 130 varṇavṛttas (syllabo-quantitative verse) dealt with in the second chapter of the Vṛttamuktāvalī, ascribed to Durgādatta (19th century), author of eight Sanskrit work and patronised by Hindupati: an ancient king of the Bundela tribe (presently Bundelkhand of Uttar Pradesh). A Varṇavṛtta (eg., mānavaka) refers to a type of classical Sanskrit metre depending on syllable count where the light-heavy patterns are fixed.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Māṇavaka (माणवक) refers to 1) “a boy”, 2) “a kind of pearlstring”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 7.66.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

māṇavaka : (m.) a young man.

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

Māṇavaka, (fr. māṇava) a young man, youth a Brahmin Miln. 101; in general: young, e.g. nāga° a young serpent J. III, 276; f. °ikā a Brahmin girl J. I, 290; Miln. 101; nāga° a young female serpent J. III, 275; DhA. III, 232. (Page 527)

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Māṇavaka (माणवक).—

1) A youth, boy, lad, youngster (oft. used contemptuously).

2) A little man, dwarf; manikin; मायामाणवकं हरिम् (māyāmāṇavakaṃ harim) Bhāg.8.18.24.

3) A silly fellow.

4) A scholar, religious student.

5) A pearl-necklace of sixteen (or twenty or fortyeight) strings; ग्रीवाद्भुतैवावदुशोभितापि प्रसाधिता माणवकेन सेयम् (grīvādbhutaivāvaduśobhitāpi prasādhitā māṇavakena seyam) N.7.66.

-kam A kind of metre.

Derivable forms: māṇavakaḥ (माणवकः).

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

Mānavaka (मानवक).—(sometimes written for Sanskrit māṇavaka, as LV 101.9 and 108.5, all mss.; f. mānavikānāṃ, perh. rather to Sanskrit mānava, mānavī, human being, Mv ii.432.4, used of king's wives), m. or nt., in Av i.265.7 is, or corruptly represents, a word meaning peg, post, or the like, for hanging clothes: yena…sā yamalī (q.v.) krītā, tena mānavake sthāpitā Av i.265.7; Tibetan cited by Speyer as gdaṅ, which (or gdaṅ bu, Mvy 9037) = carpaṭaka, q.v. The context proves that this is approximately right in meaning But Speyer's suggestion that we em. tenārambhaṇake (should be °mbaṇake, see ārambaṇaka) is improbable; that word seems to mean a different kind of peg, tho also rendered by Tibetan gdaṅ (bu). Could our word be related to AMg. māṇavaya, n. of a divine ‘caitya-stambha’ (see Ratnach. s.v.)?

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

Māṇavaka (माणवक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A child, a boy not exceeding sixteen years of age, a manikin. 2. A pupil, a scholar, a religious student. 3. A man, an ignorant or ridiculous man, a childish man. 4. A necklace of sixteen or twenty strings. 5. A species of the Anushtubh metre. E. kan added to the last.

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

Māṇavaka (माणवक).—[māṇava + ka], m. A proper name, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 44, 12.

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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. 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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