Pavani, Pāvanī, Pāvani: 9 definitions
Pavani means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.
Alternative spellings of this word include Pavni.
Ayurveda (science of life)
Pāvanī (पावनी) is another name for Tulasī, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Ocimum tenuiflorum (holy basil), from the Lamiaceae 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 10.148-149), which is a 13th century medicinal thesaurus.
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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Pāvanī (पावनी) refers to “that which is sanctified”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.54 (“Description of the duties of the chaste wife”).—Accordingly, as a Brahmin lady said to Pārvatī: “[...] Wherever the chaste lady sets her foot, the sin is dispelled therefrom and the place is sanctified (su-pāvanī). Even the sun, moon and wind touch the chaste woman to sanctify themselves and not otherwise. Waters desire the touch of the chaste lady thinking—‘Now our sluggishness is gone. Now we are able to purify others’. [...]”.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Pāvanī (पावनी).—Nandā, one of the three branches of the Gangā going to the east;1 wife of Havyavāhana.2
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 16; 18. 40, 56-7; Matsya-purāṇa 121. 40; 122. 31; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 38 and 53.
- 2) Ib. 29. 14.
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.
General definition (in Jainism)
Pāvani (पावनि) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Pāvani] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
pāvaṇī (पावणी).—f C An auction. 2 W (pāvaṇa) An escort of peons or a protecting pass taken on a journey.
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.
1) The holy basil.
2) A cow.
3) The river Ganges.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Pavanī (पवनी):—[from pavana > pava] f. a broom, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
2) [v.s. ...] the wild citron-tree, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] ([varia lectio] pacanī)
3) [v.s. ...] Name of a river, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]
4) Pāvanī (पावनी):—[from pāvana > pāva] f. Terminalia Chebula, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
5) [v.s. ...] holy basil, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
6) [v.s. ...] a cow, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
7) [v.s. ...] Name of a river, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]
8) [v.s. ...] the Ganges or the goddess Gaṅgā, [Horace H. Wilson]
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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.
Pāvanī (पावनी) [Also spelled pavni]:—(a) that which purifies/sanctifies (as [patitapāvanī]).
1) [noun] a son of the Wind-God (Hanumanta or Bhīmasēna).
2) [noun] (mus.) the forty first of the seventy two main modes in Karnāṭaka system.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Pavanige, Pavanisu, Pavaniya.
Ends with: Apavani, Bhuvanapavani, Chapavani, Dhupavani, Lepavani, Opavani, Padapavani, Supavani, Vishvapavani.
Full-text (+7): Pavini, Vishvapavani, Bhuvanapavani, Pavamani, Adivasu, Shaimimandalakoshtha, Supatha, Indradvipasamudra, Vetrashankhupatha, Pavni, Madhyamagrama, Patit, Indradyumnasara, Patita, Kharapatha, Pavin, Kraturaja, Kuthapravarna, Pacani, Prabandha.
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Garga Samhita (English) (by Danavir Goswami)
Verse 4.19.11 < [Chapter 19 - A Thousand Names of Srī Yamunā]
Verse 2.3.25 < [Chapter 3 - Description of the Yamunā’s Arrival]
Verse 2.3.22 < [Chapter 3 - Description of the Yamunā’s Arrival]
Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 1.2.203 < [Part 2 - Devotional Service in Practice (sādhana-bhakti)]
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
Rivers in Ancient India (study) (by Archana Sarma)
7. The river Sindhu in the Purāṇas < [Chapter 5 - Rivers in the Purāṇic Literature]
3c. The sacred aspect of the river Sarasvatī < [Chapter 5 - Rivers in the Purāṇic Literature]
5e. Bhāgīratha brought down Gaṅgā on earth < [Chapter 5 - Rivers in the Purāṇic Literature]
The Brahmanda Purana (by G.V. Tagare)
Chapter 12 - The race of Agni < [Section 2 - Anuṣaṅga-pāda]
Chapter 18 - Description of the Jambūdvīpa < [Section 2 - Anuṣaṅga-pāda]
Chapter 61 - A dissertation on Music < [Section 3 - Upodghāta-pāda]
The Agni Purana (by N. Gangadharan)