Pahlava, aka: Pahlavā; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Pahlava (पह्लव).—A place of human habitation of ancient India. This is situated in the western zone. (Śloka 68, Chapter 9, Bhīṣma Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Pahlavā (पह्लवा).—Defeated by Paraśurāma;1 attacked by Bāhu and defeated by Sagara;2 punished with wearing moustaches;3 kingdom of4

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 31. 83; III. 41. 39.
  • 2) Ib. III. 63. 120, 134.
  • 3) Ib. III. 73. 108.
  • 4) Matsya-purāṇa 121. 45; 144. 57; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 118; 58. 82.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Pahlava (पह्लव) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.29.15, II.48.14, VI.10.46, III.48.20, VI.20.13) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Pahlava) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Pahlava (पह्लव) is the name of a tribe, usually to be represented by a reddish-yellow (gaura) color when painting the limbs (aṅgaracanā), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. The painting is a component of nepathya (costumes and make-up) and is to be done in accordance with the science of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pahlavā (पह्लवा).—m. (pl.) Name of a people; (the Persians ?); Ms.1.44.

Derivable forms: pahlavāḥ (पह्लवाः).

See also (synonyms): pahnavā, pahlikā.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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