Prabhava, Prabhāva, Prābhava: 32 definitions


Prabhava means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Prabhav.

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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Prabhāva (प्रभाव) is a Sanskrit technical term, translating to the “specific action” of a plant. It is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhitā.

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Prabhāva (प्रभाव):—1. Characteristic therapeutic effect of a substance; 2. A basis for nomenclature of plants

Source: National Mission for Manuscripts: Traditional Medicine System in India

Prabhāva (प्रभाव) refers to “different drug action observed through the rasādibhāva” and represents one of the six divisions of dravya (drugs).—The drug/dravya, if is properly used it is equivalent to amṛta (nectar) and if improperly used it is like viṣa (poison). According to Āyurveda, dravya or drug is comprised of rasa (taste), guṇa (properties and qualities), vīrya (potency), vipāka (post-digestive-taste), prabhāva (serendipity—specific effect of a drug) and karma (targeted action of a drug).

Prabhāva can be mentioned as: (a) Serendipity, i.e. a propensity for making fortunate discovers while looking for something else; (b). Empirical, derived from or guided by experience or experiment (c). Or it can be mentioned as an effect of a drug which is magical or unexpected (d). Through the rasādibhāva a different drug action is observed and that is prabhāva.

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Prabhava (प्रभव) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Puṣpaka, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 49. The Puṣpaka group contains ten out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under five prime vimānas (aerial car/palace), which were created by Brahmā for as many gods (including himself). This group represents temples (e.g. Prabhava) that are to be square and rectangular or oblong in shape. The prāsādas, or ‘temples’, represent the dwelling place of God and are to be built in towns. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

Prabhava is also listed in the Agnipurāṇa which features a list of 45 temple types. It is listed under the group named Puṣpaka, featuring rectangular-shaped temples. This list represents a classification of temples in Nort-India.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Prabhava in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Prabhāva (प्रभाव) refers to the “great power” (of Śiva), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.30 (“The Celebration of Pārvatī’s Return”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] In the meantime the lord of mountains returned from the Gaṅgā. He saw the mendicant in the human form in his court-yard. [...] O dear, then the mendicant who was clever at diverse sports showed his endless great power (sva-prabhāva) to the mountain. The mountain saw him immediately transmuted in to the form of Viṣṇu the four-armed, with crown earrings and yellow garment. Flowers etc. which had been offered to the mace-bearing lord, Viṣṇu, at the time of worship, he saw on the body and over the head of the mendicant. [...]”.

2) Prabhava (प्रभव) refers to the “source (of everything)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.44 (“Menā regains consciousness”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to her mother Menā: “O mother, your noble intellect has become perverted. Why do you foresake virtue, you who ought to depend on virtue alone? This Śiva has no one else greater than him. He is Śiva. the source of everything (sarva-prabhava). He is beautiful, pleasing and eulogised in all the Vedas. Śiva is the benefactor. He is the lord of gods. He is self-ruler. O mother, He is of many forms and names. He is served by Viṣṇu, Brahmā and others. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Prabhava (प्रभव).—A son of Bhṛgu and a deva.*

  • * ^1 Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 90. ^2 Matsya-purāṇa 195. 13.

1b) A Sādhya.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 171. 43; Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 16.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Prabhava (प्रभव) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.26, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Prabhava) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Prabhava (प्रभव) refers to the first year of the cycle of 60 years of Jupiter, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 8), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “When Jupiter (bṛhaspati) reappears at the beginning of the constellation of Dhaniṣṭhā in the month of Māgha, the first year of the cycle of 60 years of Jupiter known as Prabhava commences. In it all creatures will be happy. In the same year there will be drought in certain places and suffering from storm and fire; the crops will be injured; phlegmatic maladies will afflict mankind; nevertheless mankind will be happy. [...]”.

Source: The effect of Samvatsaras: Satvargas

Prabhava (प्रभव) refers to the first saṃvatsara (“jovian year)” in Vedic astrology.—The native born in the ‘prabhava-samvatsara’ is intent on or is in readiness for the collection of all kinds of things, is blessed with many sons, has excellent intellect, enjoys all kinds of comforts and has a long span of life.

According with Jataka Parijata, the person born in the year prabhava (1987-1988 AD) will be daring, truthful, possessed of every virtue, proficient in astrology and pious.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Prabhava (प्रभव) is the first of sixty years (saṃvatsara) in the Vedic lunar calendar according to the Arcana-dīpikā by Vāmana Mahārāja (cf. Appendix).—Accordingl, There are sixty different names for each year in the Vedic lunar calendar, which begins on the new moon day (Amāvasyā) after the appearance day of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu (Gaura-pūrṇimā), in February or March. The Vedic year [viz., Prabhava], therefore, does not correspond exactly with the Christian solar calendar year.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Prabhava in Kavya glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (kavya)

Prabhava (प्रभव) refers to the “power (arisen from the sprinkling performed with mantras)”, according to Kālidāsa’s Raghuvaṃśa verse 5.27.—Accordingly: “Due to the power (prabhava) arisen from the sprinkling performed with mantras by Vasiṣṭha the course of his chariot was not blocked on the ocean, in the sky and in the mountains, like that of a cloud helped by the wind”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Prabhāva (प्रभाव) refers to the “(celebrated) powers (of mantras)”, according to the King Vatsarāja’s Pūjāstuti called the Kāmasiddhistuti (also Vāmakeśvarīstuti), guiding one through the worship of the Goddess Nityā.—Accordingly, “[...] The Vedas, independent scholars of different capabilities, the Tantras, the collection of mantras with celebrated powers (mahita-prabhāva), and thoughts and feelings concerning syntax and grammar and poetic compositions, all these, O mother, evolve to excellence from a millionth part of you”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Prabhāva (प्रभाव) refers to the “power (of mantras)”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 21.1]—“O Deva, what are mantras composed of? What are their characteristics? What do they look like? What power [do they] possess (prabhāvamantrāḥ ... kiṃprabhāvāḥ)? What makes them powerful? How are they able [to be effective] and who impels them [to be productive]?”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Prabhava in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Prabhāva (प्रभाव) refers to “splendour”, according to the according to the Amaraughaprabodha (6): a short 13th century treatise on Yoga attributed to Gorakṣanātha which teaches the fourfold system of yoga (Mantra, Laya, Haṭha and Rāja).—Accordingly, “That which causes the gains of the six acts [of magic] does not manifest through Mantra; the mind does not become immersed in the [space between] the eyebrows, [the tip of] the nose and so on, by some method †[like an insect]†; and the Yogins’ breath does not go into the base [of the spine] because of various practices, without the respected Rājayoga, which is an abode of splendour (prabhāva) full of eternal bliss”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Prabhāva (प्रभाव) refers to the “power (of one’s knowledge)”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 39).—Accordingly, “[The knowledge of the retribution of actions (karmavipāka-jñānabala)].—[...] Those are the various retributions of sinful and meritorious actions as well as their functioning (pravṛtti). The Śrāvakas know only that bad action is punished and good action rewarded, but they are unable to analyze the problem with such clarity. The Buddha himself understands fully and completely both action and the retribution of action. The power of his knowledge (jñāna-prabhāva) is without obstacle (avyāhata), is indestructible (akṣaya) and invincible (ajeya): this is why it is described as the second ‘power’”.

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Prabhāva (प्रभाव) refers to the “power (of the Tathāgata)”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [after hostile Nāgas released winds, thunderbolts, etc.] “[...] Beings experience great and severe suffering. Listen, O Nāgas, there is the evident empowerment of the Tathāgata’s miracles. Behold the deep knowledge of the Buddha, the power of the Tathāgata (tathāgata-prabhāva), the empowerment of special merit”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Prabhava (प्रभव) refers to the “arising (of conditions—dharmas)”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “What conditions arise from a cause (hetu-prabhavaye dharmā hetu-prabhavā), their causes, the Tathāgata, Taught them and their cessation, thus spoke the great renouncer”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Prabhava (प्रभव) was a friend of prince Sumitra from Śatadvāra, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.2 [Rāvaṇa’s expedition of conquest] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, as Madhu (son of king Harivāhana) said to Rāvaṇa: “This was given to me by the Indra Camara, my friend in a former birth. Camara said: ‘In the continent Dhātakīkhaṇḍa in Airāvatakṣetra in the large city Śatadvāra there were a prince, Sumitra, and a boy of good family, Prabhava. They were friends like Vasanta and Madana. In childhood they learned the arts under one teacher and they played together as inseparable as the two Aśvins. When they had grown up, Sumitra became king in that city and he made Prabhava very magnificent like himself. [...]’”.

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

1) Prabhava (प्रभव) refers to “arising (from eternity)”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “This [self], which is master of the three worlds, omniscient [and] possessed of infinite power, does not recognise itself and has deviated from its own true nature. Tarnished by awful stains arising from eternity (anādi-prabhava), it grasps objects according to its own desire which are very different from itself”.

2) Prabhava (प्रभव) refers to “arising from” (the ocean of life), according to the Jñānārṇava.—Accordingly, “All the connections arising from the ocean of life (bhavābdhi-prabhava) are the abode of bad luck for human beings [and] thus, in the end, [the connections] are exceedingly tasteless”.

Synonyms: Jāta.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prabhava (प्रभव).—m S Might, majesty, greatness, gloriousness, superlative or exceeding dignity or grandeur. 2 The originating cause of being,--the operative cause. 3 The basis or root of being,--the generative cause. 4 The local source of being,--the place; as bhāgīrathīcā pra0 himālaya. 5 Drawing or coming into being, birth.

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prabhāva (प्रभाव).—m S Majesty, dignity, glory, grandeur, mightiness. 2 Power, puissance, prowess.

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

prabhava (प्रभव).—m Might, majesty. The originat- ing cause of being. Birth.

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prabhāva (प्रभाव).—m Majesty, dignity. Power.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prabhava (प्रभव).—a.

1) Excellent, distinguished.

2) Superior, powerful.

-vaḥ 1 Source, origin; अनन्तरत्नप्रभवस्य यस्य (anantaratnaprabhavasya yasya) Ku. 1.3; अकिंचनः सन् प्रभवः स संपदाम् (akiṃcanaḥ san prabhavaḥ sa saṃpadām) 5.77; R.9.75.

2) Birth, production.

3) The source of a river; तस्या एवं प्रभवमचलं प्राप्य गौरं तुषारैः (tasyā evaṃ prabhavamacalaṃ prāpya gauraṃ tuṣāraiḥ) Meghadūta 54.

4) The operative cause, origin of being (as father, mother &c.); तमस्याः प्रभवमवगच्छ (tamasyāḥ prabhavamavagaccha) Ś.1.

5) The author, creator; अतश्चराचरं विश्वं प्रभवस्तस्य गीयसे (ataścarācaraṃ viśvaṃ prabhavastasya gīyase) Kumārasambhava 2.5.

6) Birthplace.

7) Power, strength, valour, majestic dignity (= prabhāva q. v.).

8) An epithet of Viṣṇu.

9) Prosperity, happiness; प्रभवार्थाय भूतानां धर्म- प्रवचनं कृतम् (prabhavārthāya bhūtānāṃ dharma- pravacanaṃ kṛtam) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.19.1.

1) (At the end of comp.) Arising or originating from, derived from; सूर्यप्रभवो वंशः (sūryaprabhavo vaṃśaḥ) R.1.2; Kumārasambhava 3.15; यथा नदीनां प्रभवः (yathā nadīnāṃ prabhavaḥ) (meeting place) समुद्रः, यथाहुतीनां प्रभवो (samudraḥ, yathāhutīnāṃ prabhavo) (growth) हुताशः । यथेन्द्रियाणां प्रभवं (hutāśaḥ | yathendriyāṇāṃ prabhavaṃ) (one having mastery over) मनोऽपि तथा प्रभुर्नो भगवानुपेन्द्रः (mano'pi tathā prabhurno bhagavānupendraḥ) Madhyama-vyāyoga 1.51.

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Prabhāva (प्रभाव).—

1) Lustre, splendour, brilliance.

2) Dignity, glory, majesty, grandeur, majestic lustre; प्रभाववानिव लक्ष्यते (prabhāvavāniva lakṣyate) Ś1; अहो प्रभावो महात्मनाम् (aho prabhāvo mahātmanām) K.

3) Strength, valour, power, efficacy; पूज्यते यदपूज्योपि यदगम्योपि गम्यते । वन्द्यते यदवन्द्योपि स प्रभावो धनस्य च (pūjyate yadapūjyopi yadagamyopi gamyate | vandyate yadavandyopi sa prabhāvo dhanasya ca) || Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.7; जानपदः प्रतिपत्तिमानुत्साह- प्रभावयुक्तः (jānapadaḥ pratipattimānutsāha- prabhāvayuktaḥ) Kau. A.1.9.

4) Regal power (one of the three Śaktis, q. v.).

5) A superhuman power of faculty, miraculous power; अनुभावांश्च जानासि ब्राह्मणानां न संशयः । प्रभावांश्चैव वेत्थ त्वं सर्वेषामेव पार्थिव (anubhāvāṃśca jānāsi brāhmaṇānāṃ na saṃśayaḥ | prabhāvāṃścaiva vettha tvaṃ sarveṣāmeva pārthiva) || Mahābhārata (Bombay) 3.24.8 ('anubhāvo niścaye syāt prabhāvaḥ śaktitejasoḥ' Viśva.); प्रत्याहतास्त्रो गिरिश- प्रभावात् (pratyāhatāstro giriśa- prabhāvāt) R.2.41,62;3.4.

6) Magnanimity.

7) Extension, circumference.

Derivable forms: prabhāvaḥ (प्रभावः).

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Prābhava (प्राभव).—Superiority, supremacy, predominance; अकलितमहिमप्राभवौ युद्धभूमौ (akalitamahimaprābhavau yuddhabhūmau) Mv.6.38.

Derivable forms: prābhavam (प्राभवम्).

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

Prabhava (प्रभव).—mfn.

(-vaḥ-vā-vaṃ) 1. Born, produced. 2. Superior, powerful. m.

(-vaḥ) 1. Generative cause, the basis or root of being or existence. 2. The operative cause, or immediate origin of being, as the father or mother, &c. 3. The place of receiving existence, or where an object is first perceived, as himavān gaṅgāprabhavaḥ the Himavana mountain, (is) the place where Ganga is first seen. 4. Birth, production. 5. The basis or origin of water. i. e. “Light.” 6. The name of a Muni. 7. Strength, superiority, power. 8. The Creator. E. pra superiority or manifestation, and bhava being.

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Prabhāva (प्रभाव).—m.

(-vaḥ) 1. Majesty, dignity, magnanimity, glory, high-spirit. 2. Power, strength. 3. Spirit. 4. Tranquillizing, conciliation. 5. Splendour, brilliance. 6. Miraculous or superhuman power. E. pra pre-eminence, bhāva quality.

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Prābhava (प्राभव).—n.

(-vaṃ) Superiority, pre-eminence. E. prabhu a master, aff. ṇ .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Prabhava (प्रभव).—i. e. pra-bhū + a, m. 1. Generative cause, the root of existence, origin, [Draupadīpramātha] 2, 5; [Bhagavadgītā, (ed. Schlegel.)] 7, 6. 2. The father. 3. The mother. 4. The place of receiving existence, birth-place. 5. Birth. 6. Strength, superiority.

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Prabhāva (प्रभाव).—i. e. pra-bhū + a. m. 1. Power, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 73, 4; Pañc, 29, 20. 2. Celestial power, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 30. 3. Dignity. 4. Majesty. 5. Magnanimity, high spirit, [Pañcatantra] 29, 15, (gata-, adj. humbled).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Prabhava (प्रभव).—[adjective] excelling; [masculine] origin, source, home, [adjective] —° sprung or descended from, being in or on.

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Prabhāva (प्रभाव).—[masculine] might, majesty, superhuman strength, power over ([locative]); splendour, brilliancy. — Instr. & [ablative] by means or in consequence of.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Prabhava (प्रभव):—[=pra-bhava] a etc. See under pra-√bhū.

2) Prabhāva (प्रभाव):—[=pra-bhāva] a etc. See pra-√bhū.

3) Prabhava (प्रभव):—[=pra-bhava] [from pra-bhū] b mfn. prominent, excelling, distinguished, [Ṛg-veda]

4) [v.s. ...] m. production, source, origin, cause of existence (as father or mother, also ‘the Creator’), birthplace (often ifc., with f(ā). , springing or rising or derived from, belonging to), [Upaniṣad; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

5) [v.s. ...] m. might, power (= pra-bhāva), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of a Sādhya, [Harivaṃśa]

7) [v.s. ...] of Viṣṇu, [Apte’s The Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

8) [v.s. ...] of sub voce men, [Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan]

9) [v.s. ...] Name of the first or 35th year in a 60 years' cycle of Jupiter, [Varāha-mihira]

10) Prabhāva (प्रभाव):—[=pra-bhāva] [from pra-bhava > pra-bhū] b m. (ifc. f(ā). ) might, power, majesty, dignity, strength, efficacy, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc. (veṇa ind., vāt ind. and vatas ind. by means or in consequence of, through, by)

11) [v.s. ...] supernatural power, [Kālidāsa]

12) [v.s. ...] splendour, beauty, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

13) [v.s. ...] tranquillizing, conciliation (?), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) [v.s. ...] Name of the chapters of the Rasikapriyā, [Catalogue(s)]

15) [v.s. ...] Name of a son of Manu Sva-rocis, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

16) Prābhava (प्राभव):—[=prā-bhava] [from prā] a n. ([from] -bhu) superiority, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

17) b etc. See under 3. prā, [ib.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Prabhava (प्रभव):—[pra-bhava] (vaḥ) 1. m. Generative cause; birth; place; light; strength. a. Born; powerful.

2) Prabhāva (प्रभाव):—[pra-bhāva] (vaḥ) 1. m. Majesty, power, dignity; spirit; tranquillizing.

3) Prābhava (प्राभव):—(vaṃ) 1. n. Superiority.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Prabhava (प्रभव) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Pabhava, Pabhavā, Pahava, Pahāva.

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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Prabhava (प्रभव) [Also spelled prabhav]:—(nm) birth, creation; origin, source.

2) Prabhāva (प्रभाव) [Also spelled prabhav]:—(nm) influence; effect; impact; impression; ~[kara/~kārī] influential; impressive; effective (act, deed, etc.); ~[kāra] effectsman; ~[vaśya] susceptible; ~[vaśyatā] susceptibility; ~[śālitā] effectiveness, impressiveness; ~[śālī] influential; impressive; effective (person); ~[hīna] unimpressive, devoid of any influence, creating no impact; void; ~[hīnatā] unimpressiveness; voidness; the fact or state of having no influence, creating no impression; neutralisation; -[ḍālanā] to impress; to influence; -[se ūpara uṭhanā] to rise above somebody’s influence.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Prabhava (ಪ್ರಭವ):—

1) [adjective] exceptional; extraordinary; special.

2) [adjective] brought or come into life or being; born.

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Prabhava (ಪ್ರಭವ):—

1) [noun] that from which something comes into existence, develops or derived; a source.

2) [noun] the act or fact of coming into life or of being born; nativity; birth.

3) [noun] the prime cause from which something has happened.

4) [noun] power; strength.

5) [noun] the first year in the cycle of sixty years.

6) [noun] the source-point of a river.

7) [noun] Viṣṇu, one of the Hindu Trinity.

8) [noun] a successful, flourishing or thriving condition; prosperity.

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Prabhāva (ಪ್ರಭಾವ):—

1) [noun] might; power; strength.

2) [noun] the quality of being worthy of esteem or honour; worthiness; dignity.

3) [noun] the power of persons or things to affect others, seen only in its effects; influence.

4) [noun] power to produce effects or intended results; effectiveness; efficacy (as of medicines).

5) [noun] the ability to control others; authority; sway; influence; special authority assigned to or exercised by a person or group holding office; power.

6) [noun] any power that exceeds normal human bounds; supernatural power.

7) [noun] skill or abiility in doing, effecting or getting done something slyly or using crafty methods.

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Prābhava (ಪ್ರಾಭವ):—[noun] the quality or condition of being superior; superiority.

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