Meghavarna, Meghavarṇa, Meghavarṇā, Megha-varna: 8 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण).—One of the eight rākṣasas facing the eight vasus in the battle of the gods (devas) between the demons (asuras), according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 94. This battle was initiated by Mahiṣāsura in order to win over the hand of Vaiṣṇavī, the form of Trikalā having a red body representing the energy of Viṣṇu. Trikalā is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण).—A character in a story of Pañcatantra. (See under Pañcatantra).

2) Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण).—A son of Ghaṭotkaca. Meghavarṇa was also present with Arjuna when he went to protect the sacrificial horse of the Aśvamedha conducted by the Pāṇḍavas.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण).—A Yakṣa: a son of Puṇyajanī and Maṇibhadra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 124.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण) is the name of a crow-king (kāka-rāja), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 62. Accordingly, “... there was in a certain place a great and shady banyan-tree, which seemed, with the voices of its birds, to summon travellers to repose. There a king of the crows, named Meghavarṇa, had established his home, and he had an enemy named Avamarda, king of the owls”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Meghavarṇa, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Meghavarṇā (मेघवर्णा).—the Indigo plant.

Meghavarṇā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms megha and varṇā (वर्णा).

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

Meghavarṇā (मेघवर्णा).—f.

(-rṇā) The indigo-plant. E. megha a cloud, and varṇā colour.

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

Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण).—adj. cloud-coloured, [Indralokāgamana] 5, 15.

Meghavarṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms megha and varṇa (वर्ण).

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

1) Meghavarṇa (मेघवर्ण):—[=megha-varṇa] [from megha] mfn. having the hue of a cl°, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a man, [Catalogue(s)]

3) [v.s. ...] of a crow, [Pañcatantra; Hitopadeśa; Kathāsaritsāgara]

4) Meghavarṇā (मेघवर्णा):—[=megha-varṇā] [from megha-varṇa > megha] f. the indigo plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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