Nava, aka: Nāvā, Nāva, Navā; 13 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Nava (नव) is another name for Punarnavā, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Boerhavia diffusa (spreading hogweed) from the Nyctaginaceae family. It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 4.117-119), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Nava (नव) refers to a “young leaf” of a tree or plant, as mentioned in a list of four synonyms, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Nava] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1a) Nava (नव).—A son of Svārociṣa Maru.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 19.

1b) A son of Navā and Uśīnara; chief of Navarāṣṭra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 19 and 21; Matsya-purāṇa 48. 18 and 21; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 20, 22. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 18. 9.

2) Navā (नवा).—One of the five queens of Uśīnara and mother of Nava.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 18-19; Matsya-purāṇa 48. 16. 18; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 19-20.
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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Nāva (नाव) is a Sanskrit word referring to a “boat”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

India history and geogprahy

Nāvā (नावा) is the name of a river mentioned in two similair inscriptions sponsored by Uṣavadāta, the son-in-law of Nahapāna. According to the inscription, Uṣavadāta established free crossings at rivers such as Nāvā. He also established public watering-stations on both banks of these rivers. The first inscription is found at Karle (ancient Valūraka) and the other on the wall of a rock-cut cave at Nasik.

The Kṣaharātas called themselves kṣatrapas (originally referring to military governors of the Achaemenid empire) and established a small kingdom in modern Gujarat. In the middle of the first century, a ruler named Kṣaharāta Kṣatrapa Nahapāna obtained several Sātavāhana establishments which were later recaptured by Gautamīputra Śrī Sātakarṇi.

Source: Wisdom Library: India History

Nava, mentioned in a 2nd century inscription at Kiralagala, is the name of a tank or pond that existed in the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—Kiralagala ruins lies about 10 miles north of the 28th mile on the Puttalam-Anurādhapura road.

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Pali-English dictionary

nava : (adj.) 1. new; 2. nine. || nāvā (f.), ship; boat.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Nava, 2 (adj.) (Ved. nava, Idg. *neǔ n̊ (cp. nava1)=Lat. novus, Gr. nέos (*nέvos), Lith. navas; Goth. niujis etc. =E. new; also Sk. navya=Gr. neίos, Lat. Novius. May be related to na3) 1. new, fresh; unsoiled, clean; of late, lately acquired or practised (opp. pubba & purāṇa). Often syn. with taruṇa. Sn. 28, 235 (opp. purāṇaṃ), 944 (id.), 913 (opp. pubba); Pv. I, 92 (of clothes=costly); J. IV, 201 (opp. purāṇa); Miln. 132 (salila fresh water).—2. young, unexperienced, newly initiated; a novice Vin. I, 47 (navā bhikkhū the younger bhs. , opp. therā); S. I, 9 (+acira-pabbajita); II, 218; Sn. p. 93 (Gotamo navo pabbajjāya “a novice in the Wanderer’s life”); DhA. I, 92 (bhikkhu).

—kamma building new, making repairs, “doing up, ” mending Vin. II, 119, 159; III, 81; J. I, 92; IV, 378; Nd2 385; —kammika an expert in making repairs or in building, a builder (cp. vaḍḍhaki) Vin. II, 15; IV, 211; —ghata fresh ghee J. II, 433 (v. l. °sappi). (Page 348)

2) Nava, 1 (num.) (Ved. navan, Idg. *neǔ n̊, cp. Lat. novem (*noven), Gr. e)nnέa, Goth. niun, Oir. nōin, E. nine. Connection with nava2 likely because in counting by tetrads (octo=8 is a dual!) a new series begins with No. 9) number nine. Gen. -Dat. navannaṃ (Sn. p. 87); Instr. -Abl. navahi (VvA. 76), Loc. navasu.

Meaning and Application: The primitive-Aryan importance of the “mystic” nine is not found in Buddhism and can only be traced in Pali in folkloristic undercurrents (as fairy tales) & stereotype traditions in which 9 appears as a number implying a higher trinity=32. 1. navabhūmaka pāsāda (a palace 9 stories high more freq. satta°, 7) J. I, 58; nava-hiraññakoṭīhi (w. 9 koṭis of gold) VvA. 188; nava yojana DhA. II, 65.—2. navaṅgabuddhasāsana “the 9 fold teaching of Buddha, ” i.e. the 9 divisions of the Buddh. Scriptures according to their form or style, viz. suttaṃ geyyaṃ veyyākaraṇaṃ gāthā udānaṃ itivuttakaṃ jātakaṃ abbhutadhammaṃ vedallaṃ M. I, 133; A. II, 103, 178; III, 86 sq. , 177 sq.; Pug. 43; Miln. 344; Dpvs. IV, 15; PvA. 2. Cp. chaḷaṅga. -nava sattāvāsā “9 abodes of beings” Kh IV. (in exemplifying No. 9), viz. (see D. III, 263=KhA 86, 87 cp. also A. IV, 39 sq.) (1) manussā, devā, vinipātikā; (2) Brahmakāyikā devā; (3) Ābhassarā; (4) Subhakiṇhā; (5) Asaññasattā; (6) Ākāsanañcâyatana-upagā; (7) Viññāṇanañcâyatana°; (8) Ākiñcaññāyatana°; (9) Nevasaññâsaññâyatana°.—nava sotā (Sn. 197) or nava dvārā (VvA. 76; v. l. mukhā) 9 openings of the body, viz. (SnA 248) 2 eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, anus & urethra (cp. S. B. E. 39, 180; 40, 259 sq.).—nava vitakkā 9 thoughts Nd2 269 (q. v.).—3. a trace of the week of 9 days is to be found in the expression “navuti-vassasatasahass-āyukā” giving the age of a divinity as 9 million years (=a divine week) VvA. 345.—Cp. navuti. (Page 348)

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Nāvā, (f.) (Ved. nāuḥ & nāvā, Gr. nau_s, Lat. navis) a boat, ship Vin. III, 49 (q. v. for definition & description); S. I, 106 (eka-rukkhikā); III, 155=V. 51=A. IV, 127 (sāmuddikā “a liner”); A. II, 200; III, 368; Sn. 321, 770, 771; Dh. 369 (metaphor of the human body); J. I, 239; II, 112; III, 126; 188; IV, 2, 21, 138; V, 75 (with “500” passengers), 433; VI, 160 (=nāvyā canal? or read nālaṃ?); Vv 61 (=pota VvA. 42, with pop. etym. “satte netī ti nāvā ti vuccati”); Pv III, 35 (=doṇi PvA. 189); Miln. 261 (100 cubits long); Dāvs. IV, 42; PvA. 47, 53; Sdhp. 321. In simile Vism. 690.

—tittha a ferry J. III, 230; —sañcaraṇa (a place for) the traffic of boats, a port Miln. 359. (Page 350)

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

nava (नव).—a (S) New. 2 Nine. Pr. navavyā divasīṃ navī vidyā (Used of the sure forgetting, by a reader of the Vedas, of all that he reads, unless he read continuously for nine days.) Hence Forgetfulness generally through intermission or disuse.

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navā (नवा).—a (nava) New, throughout the applications given in Johnson's Dictionary. navā junā karaṇēṃ To exchange old for new (bonds, notes, accounts, contracts, officials &c.) and navēṃ junēṃ Exchanges of old for new. navā janā hōṇēṃ To lose one's newness or rawness; to become familiarized with. Pr. navyācē nava divasa A wonder lasts but nine days.

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nāva (नाव).—f A sitting cloth made of very coarse cotton stuff.

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nāva (नाव).—f (nau S) A boat. ēkē nāvēnta asaṇēṃ To be in the same condition and under the same liabilities with; to be in the same boat with.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nava (नव).—a New. Nine. Pr. navavyā divaśīṃ navī vidyā Used of the sure forgetting, by a reader of the Vedas, of all that he reads, unless he read continuously nine days.

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navā (नवा).—a New. navājunā karaṇēṃ To exchange old for new (bonds, notes, accounts, contracts, officials &c.) and navēṃ junēṃ Exchanges of old for new. navā junā hōṇēṃ To lose one's newness or rawness; to become familiarized with. Ex. navyācē nava divasa A wonder lasts but nine days.

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nāva (नाव).—f A boat. ēkē nāvēnta asaṇēṃ To be in the same condition and under the same liabilities with; to be in the same boat with.

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

Nava (नव).—a.

1) New, fresh, young, recent; चित्तयोनिरभवत्पुनर्नवः (cittayonirabhavatpunarnavaḥ) R.19.46; एते वयं पुनर्नवीकृताः स्मः (ete vayaṃ punarnavīkṛtāḥ smaḥ) Ś.5; क्लेशः फलेन हि पुनर्नवतां विधत्ते (kleśaḥ phalena hi punarnavatāṃ vidhatte) Ku.5.86; U.1.19; R.1.83;2.47;3.53; 4.3,11; Śi.1.4; नववयसि (navavayasi) Mu.3.3.; Śi.3.31; Ki.9.43.

2) Modern.

-vaḥ 1 A crow.

2) Praise.

3) A young monk, novice; Buddha.

-vam ind. Recently, newly, lately, not long ago.

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Nāva (नाव).—See नौ (nau).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nava (नव).—oftener navaka, m. (= Pali, both), newcomer to the Buddhist order, junior, recently ordained monk; see also nav(ak)ānta: nava, Māy 219.29; navakaḥ Mvy 8742; navakair ādikarmikair acirapravrajitair RP 5.1 (prose); °kair acirapravrajitair (text °varjitair) Gv 47.8 (prose); daharo jātyā °kas tu pravrajyayā 129.3 (prose); sthavira- madhya-navakeṣu bhikṣuṣu Śikṣ 199.16 (prose).

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