Paravara, aka: Para-avara, Paravāra, Parāvara, Paravarā; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Paravarā (परवरा) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.22). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Paravarā) 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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India history and geogprahy

Paravara (or, Paravāra) refers to one of the 84 castes (gaccha) in the Jain community according to various sources. The associated place of origin is known as Para-nagara (or, Pārā-nagara). The Jain caste and sub-caste system was a comparatively later development within their community, and it may have arisen from the ancient classification of Brāhmaṇa, Kṣatriya, Vaiśya and Śūdra. Before distinction of these classes (such as Paravara), the society was not divided into distinct separate sections, but all were considered as different ways of life and utmost importance was attached to individual chartacter and mode of behaviour.

According to Dr. Vilas Adinath Sangava, “Jainism does not recognise castes (viz., Paravara) as such and at the same time the Jaina books do not specifically obstruct the observance of caste rules by the members of the Jaina community. The attitude of Jainism towards caste is that it is one of the social practices, unconnected with religion, observed by people; and it was none of its business to regulate the working of the caste system” (source).

The legendary account of the origin of these 84 Jain castes (eg., Paravara) relate that once a rich Jain invited members of the Jain community in order to establish a vaiśya-mahāsabhā (i.e. Central Association of Traders). In response, 84 representatives came from different places (eg., Para-nagara), and they were later seen as the progenitors of these castes. Various sources however mention differences in the list.

Source: Wisdom Library: India History
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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paravara (परवर).—m The floor or ground of a house. 2 fig. Floor-corn,--corn remaining upon the thrashing floor after the removal of the rāsa or heap. This is a perquisite of the Mahar. The terrace (of stone or earth) made or the level tract around a well or tank. Hence (kāṃhīṃ ēka gōṣṭa) paravarāsa āṇaṇēṃ or yēṇēṃ To bring, or to come, into notoriety. 4 The superficies or face of a stratum under ground,--the commencement of a new layer.

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paravara (परवर).—f ( H) Snake-gourd; and n The fruitborne on it; Trichosanthes Diœca or Anguina.

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pārāvāra (पारावार).—m (S pāra & avāra) sometimes pārā- vārā m The near and farther banks of a stream. 2 fig. Bounds or limits; the bottom, reach, or utmost extent. v lāga, and esp. neg. con. Ex. hyā bhāṣēnta śabdāñcā pārāvāra lāgaṇāra nāhīṃ. 3 Used as ad On the hither and farther sides.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

paravara (परवर).—m The floor of a house. Floor-corn -corn remaining upon the thrash- ing floor after the removal of the rāsa or heap. This is a perquisite of the Maha'r kāṃhī ēka gōṣṭa paravarāsa āṇaṇēṃ or yēṇēṃ To bring, or to come into notoriety.

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paravara (परवर).—n A kind of vegetable.

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pārāvāra (पारावार) [-rā, -रा].—m Bounds or limits; the bot- tom or reach.

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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Pārāvāra (पारावार).—The sea, ocean; रत्नोद्भवोऽपि वाणिज्यनिपुणतया पारावारतरणमकरोत् (ratnodbhavo'pi vāṇijyanipuṇatayā pārāvārataraṇamakarot) Dk.1.1; Bv.4.11.

-ram The two banks.

Derivable forms: pārāvāraḥ (पारावारः).

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Parāvara (परावर).—a.

1) far and near; परावराणां स्रष्टारं पुराणं परमव्ययम् (parāvarāṇāṃ sraṣṭāraṃ purāṇaṃ paramavyayam) Mb.1.1.23.

2) earlier and later.

3) prior and posterior or subsequent.

4) higher and lower.

5) traditional; पुनाति पङ्क्तिं वंश्यांश्च सप्त सप्त परावरान् (punāti paṅktiṃ vaṃśyāṃśca sapta sapta parāvarān) Ms.1. 15.

6) all-including; परावरज्ञोऽसि परावरस्त्वम् (parāvarajño'si parāvarastvam) Mb.3.232. 18.

- descendants. (-ram) 1 cause and effect.

Parāvara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms para and avara (अवर).

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Pārāvāra (पारावार).—both banks, the nearer and further bank.

-raḥ the sea, ocean; शोकपारावारमुत्तर्तुमशक्नुवती (śokapārāvāramuttartumaśaknuvatī) Dk.4; Bv.4.11.

Derivable forms: pārāvāram (पारावारम्).

Pārāvāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pāra and avāra (अवार). See also (synonyms): pārāpāra.

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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