Prabhava, Prabhāva, Prābhava: 13 definitions


Prabhava means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

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.

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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 (eg. 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 (P) next»] — Prabhava in Purana glossary
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: 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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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-English 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) Me.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) Ku.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) Mb.12.19.1.

1) (At the end of comp.) Arising or originating from, derived from; सूर्यप्रभवो वंशः (sūryaprabhavo vaṃśaḥ) R.1.2; Ku.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) || Pt.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) || Mb.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).

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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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