Nalva: 11 definitions

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Nalva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nalva (नल्व) refers to a “measure of distance equal to four hundred (or one hundred four) cubits”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.33. Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] Receiving his command, with his head bowed down in reverence, Vīrabhadra set off immediately to the place of sacrifice. [...] The chariots numbered as many as two thousand Nalvas of land could contain. Ten thousand lions pulled the chariots strenuously”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nalva (नल्व).—A measurement in connection with the chariot of Maya;1 the seat of Hiraṇyakaśipu in his sabhā was 10 nalvas in measurement;2 a furlong in distance; 300 dhanus.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 173. 2; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 2. 125; 36. 49.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 161. 71.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 83. 49; 101. 125.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nalva (नल्व).—A measure of distance equal to 4 hastas or cubits.

Derivable forms: nalvaḥ (नल्वः).

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

Nalva (नल्व).—m.

(-lvaḥ) A furlong, a distance measured by four hundred cubits. E. nal to be as a reed in length, and va aff.

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

Nalva (नल्व).—perhaps nata + va, cf. naḍvala, m. A furlong, a distance measured by four hundred (?) cubits, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 82, 71.

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

Nalva (नल्व).—[masculine] a cert. measure of distance.

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

Nalva (नल्व):—m. a furlong, a measure of distance= 400 (or 104?) cubits, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Rāmāyaṇa] ([wrong reading] nala, nalla).

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

Nalva (नल्व):—(lvaḥ) 1. m. A furlong, 400 cubits.

[Sanskrit to German]

Nalva 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nalva (ನಲ್ವ):—[noun] a unit of linear measure equal to 1/8th of a mile or 220 yards (201.2 meters); a furlong.

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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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