Nanavarna, Nānāvarṇa, Nana-varna: 9 definitions
Nanavarna means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms
Nānāvarṇa (नानावर्ण):—[nānāvarṇaṃ] Multi colour.
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.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira
Nānāvarṇā (नानावर्णा) refers to “various hues”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “Lunar and solar eclipses terminate in ten ways [...] If, within the said period [i.e., seven days], there should occur any meteoric fall, the ministers will die; if clouds of various hues should appear [i.e., ghana—nānāvarṇā ghanāśca], mankind will suffer from various fears; if clouds should begin to roar, there will be miscarriage of pregnancy; if lightning should appear, rulers and tusked animals will suffer. [...]”.
Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes
Nānāvarṇa (नानावर्ण) refers to “various colors”, according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly: [while explaining the body circle (kāyacakra)]: “[...] There are also other females [who are] headless and running, headless and dancing, and legless and sleeping. [Some] have heads [in the shape] of beaks of a crow and other [birds]. They also dance with joy because of being in a great meditative state. This way, he should make lunar mansions and so on [placed] in the middle of the ground. [They] should be known in [their] respective colors (nānāvarṇa) [nānāvarṇato]. Everyone has a vehicle. [...]”.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Nānāvarṇa (नानावर्ण).—a. of different colours.
Nānāvarṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nānā and varṇa (वर्ण).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-rṇaḥ-rṇā-rṇaṃ) Variegated, many-coloured. E. nānā, and varṇa colour.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Nānāvarṇa (नानावर्ण):—[=nānā-varṇa] [from nānā] m. [plural] various colours, [Rāmāyaṇa]
2) [v.s. ...] mf(ā)n. many-coloured, variegated, [Varāha-mihira; Suśruta; Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nānāvarṇa (नानावर्ण):—[nānā-varṇa] (rṇaḥ-rṇā-rṇaṃ) a. Variegated.
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