Naravahana, aka: Naravāhana, Nara-vahana; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Naravāhana (नरवाहन).—A Kṣatriya King who had obtained remission of the sin of Brahmahatyā (slaughter of Brahmin) by taking the fast of Vaiśākhavrata.

This man who was a Kṣatriya of Pāñcāla once happened to kill a Brahmin with an arrow. To get remission of this sin, he discarded his Sacred thread, mark on the forehead and forelock and had been wandering here and there when he met a Brahmin named Muniśarmā. Naravāhana told him his story. This Brāhmaṇa who was a lover of God advised him regarding the importance of the Vaiśākha fast. By taking this fast the King obtained remission of sin. (Padma Purāṇa, Chapter 88).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Naravāhana (नरवाहन).—An attribute of Kubera.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 174. 18.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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One of the palaces occupied by Padumuttara Buddha in his last lay life. Bu.xi.20.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Naravāhana (नरवाहन) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.

Naravāhana is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda
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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)

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Naravahana dynasty according to Harivamsa Purana and Tiloyapannati.—Starting from the epoch of Mahavira nirvana (1189 BCE), Palaka ruled for 60 years, Vishaya kings for 150 years, Murundas for 40 years, Pushpamitra for 30 years, Vasumitra & Agnimitra for 60 years, Gandhavvaya or Rasabha kings for 100 years, Naravahana for 40 years, Bhattubanas for 242 years and Guptas for 231 years.

Source: The epoch of the Mahavira-nirvana
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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

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naravāhana (नरवाहन).—n (S) Any vehicle carried by men, a palanquin &c.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

naravāhana (नरवाहन).—n Any vehicle carried by men, a palanquin &c.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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-English dictionary

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Naravāhana (नरवाहन).—a vehicle drawn by men, a palanquin; नरयानादवातीर्य (narayānādavātīrya) Par- ṇāl.4.17; Bhāg.1.59.37.

Derivable forms: naravāhanam (नरवाहनम्).

Naravāhana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nara and vāhana (वाहन). See also (synonyms): narayāna, nararatha.

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Naravāhana (नरवाहन).—an epithet of Kubera; विजयदुन्दुभितां ययुरर्णवा घनरवा नर- वाहनसंपदः (vijayadundubhitāṃ yayurarṇavā ghanaravā nara- vāhanasaṃpadaḥ) R.9.11.

Derivable forms: naravāhanaḥ (नरवाहनः).

Naravāhana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nara and vāhana (वाहन).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Naravāhana (नरवाहन).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) Borne or carried by men. m.

(-naḥ) A name of Kuvera. E. nara a man, and vāhana a vehicle.

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