Pravaha: 18 definitions

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Pravaha (प्रवह).—A vāyu (wind). This wind of life in the body always moves upwards. (Śloka 21, Chapter 301, Śānti Parva).

2) Pravāha (प्रवाह).—A soldier of Subrahmaṇya. (Śloka 64, Chapter 45, Śalya Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Pravaha (प्रवह).—One of the seven Maruts;1 the kind of wind that helps Brahmaja clouds to rain: the chief of the second vātaskandha;2 the clouds controlling Jīmūta clouds.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 22. 39; Matsya-purāṇa 163. 32.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 98; III. 5. 83; Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 115.
  • 3) Ib. 51. 36.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Pravāha (प्रवाह) refers to “evacuation by stool” and is one of the various diseases mentioned in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning pravāha] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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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Nyaya (school of philosophy)

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Source: academia.edu: Religious Inclusivism in the Writings of an Early Modern Sanskrit Intellectual (nyaya)

Pravāha (प्रवाह) or Abhyupāya (Cf. Jayantabhaṭṭa) refers to the “streams” (of the Ganges that flow into the ocean), according to Jayanta Bhaṭṭa (ninth–tenth century), the great Naiyāyika from Kashmir, who was a close reader of Kumārila’s work.—In the [Nyāyamañjarī], Jayanta presents another, more inclusivist position according to which all religious scriptures are equally valid (sarvāgamaprāmāṇya). The imagined proponent of this view compares, in a way akin to neo-Hindus, the many means (abhyupāya) taught by the various distinct āgamas to the streams (pravāha) of the Ganges that flow into the same ocean. Although they differ in terms of their object of knowledge (jñānaviṣaya), all āgamas converge upon the same summum bonum (upeya) taught in all śāstras―final liberation (apavarga)―and also agree that knowledge is the only means (upāya) to achieve this goal.

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Nyaya (न्याय, nyaya) refers to a school of Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. The Nyaya philosophy is known for its theories on logic, methodology and epistemology, however, it is closely related with Vaisheshika in terms of metaphysics.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Pravāha (प्रवाह) refers to the “currents” (of nectar—that stream from it into the body), according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(The third sacred seat) is located in the throat and it illumines as do the rays of the full moon. Moonlight by nature, its purpose is to delight by the currents of nectar (that stream from it into the body) [i.e., amṛta-pravāha-āhlādana-artha] and to (bring about) many forms of emanation. The emperor (who governs from this seat) is the venerable Ṣaṣṭhīśanātha who resides in the middle of the wheel surrounded by sixteen energies. He is mounted on the energy of action and is surrounded by many troupes of Yoginīs. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pravāha (प्रवाह).—m (S) Stream, flow, flux, continuous passage. Ex. of comp. jalapravāha, udakapra0, raktapra0, rudhirapra0, pūyapra0, madhupra0, dugdhapra0. 2 fig. Course or current (of affairs, fashions &c.): flow (as of eloquence): action, occupation, active life. 3 Tendency; direction or course towards (as of the affections, genius &c.); predilection, partiality, propension, bearing. pravāhānta paḍaṇēṃ To drift with the stream; to comply with prevailing fashions.

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

pravāha (प्रवाह).—m Stream. Course. Tendency. prayā hānta paḍaṇēṃ To drift with the current.

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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

Pravaha (प्रवह).—

1) Flowing or streaming forth.

2) Wind.

3) Name of one of the seven courses of wind (said to cause the motion of the planets); प्राणापानौ समानं च व्यानोदानौ च तत्त्वतः । अंधश्चैवानिलं ज्ञात्वा प्रवहं चानिलं पुनः ॥ सप्त वातांस्तथा ज्ञात्वा (prāṇāpānau samānaṃ ca vyānodānau ca tattvataḥ | aṃdhaścaivānilaṃ jñātvā pravahaṃ cānilaṃ punaḥ || sapta vātāṃstathā jñātvā) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.31.27-28; एकः पिपासुः प्रवहानिलस्य (ekaḥ pipāsuḥ pravahānilasya) N.22.77.

4) A reservoir into which water is carried off.

5) Going forth, going from a town.

Derivable forms: pravahaḥ (प्रवहः).

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Pravāha (प्रवाह).—

1) Flowing or streaming forth.

2) A stream, course, current; प्रवाहस्ते वारां श्रियमयमपारां दिशतु नः (pravāhaste vārāṃ śriyamayamapārāṃ diśatu naḥ) G. L.2; R.5.46;13.1,48; Kumārasambhava 1.54; Meghadūta 48.

3) Flow, running water.

4) Continuous flow, unbroken succession, continuity.

5) Course of events (rolling onward like a stream).

6) Activity, active occupation.

7) A pond, lake.

8) Course or direction towards.

9) An excellent horse. (pravāhemūtritam means (lit.) making water in a stream; (fig.) doing a useless action).

Derivable forms: pravāhaḥ (प्रवाहः).

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

Pravaha (प्रवह).—m.

(-haḥ) 1. Going forth, or from a town. 2. Streaming forth. 3. One of the seven Vayus, or courses of the wind which is said to cause the motion of the planets. 4. Wind, air. E. pra before, vah to bear, aff. ac .

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Pravāha (प्रवाह).—m.

(-haḥ) 1. Stream, flow, continuous passage. 2. Uninterrupted series, continuity. 3. Moving onwards like a stream, course of events. 4. Action, occupation, active life. 5. A pond. 6. A swift horse. f. (-hī) Sand. E. pra continually, vah to bear, aff. ghañ .

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

Pravaha (प्रवह).—[pra-vah + a], m. Wind.

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Pravāha (प्रवाह).—i. e. pra-vah + a, m. 1. Stream, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 49. 2. A torrent, [Pañcatantra] 38, 20. 3. A pond. 4. A swift horse. 5. Occupation, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 216, 24.

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

Pravaha (प्रवह).—[adjective] carrying (—°); [masculine] a cert. wind.

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Pravāha (प्रवाह).—[masculine] stream, current, course, continuance, series.

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

1) Pravaha (प्रवह):—[=pra-vaha] [from pra-vah] mf(ā)n. bearing along, carrying (ifc.), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of one of the 7 winds said to cause the motion of the planets, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc. (cf. [Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 179])

3) [v.s. ...] wind, air, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of one of the 7 tongues of fire, [Colebrooke]

5) [v.s. ...] a reservoir into which water is carried, [Yājñavalkya]

6) [v.s. ...] flowing or streaming forth, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. -vāka)

7) [v.s. ...] going forth, g° from a town, [Horace H. Wilson]

8) Pravāha (प्रवाह):—[=pra-vāha] [from pra-vah] a mf. (ifc. f(ā). ) a stream, river, current, running water (he-mūtrita n. ‘making water in a river’, doing a useless action, [Pāṇini 2-1, 47 [Scholiast or Commentator]])

9) [v.s. ...] met. = continuous flow or passage, unbroken series or succession, continuity, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] etc. etc.

10) [v.s. ...] continuous use or employment, [Śaṃkarācārya]

11) [v.s. ...] c° train of thought, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

12) [v.s. ...] Name of [chapter] in Sad-ukti-karṇāmṛta

13) [v.s. ...] flowing or streaming forth, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. -vaha)

14) [v.s. ...] course of action, activity, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

15) [v.s. ...] course or direction towards, [Horace H. Wilson]

16) [v.s. ...] a pond, lake, [ib.]

17) [v.s. ...] a beautiful horse, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

18) [v.s. ...] Name of one of the attendants of Skanda, [Mahābhārata]

19) [v.s. ...] ([plural]) Name of a people, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

20) [=pra-vāha] b etc. See pra-√vah.

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

1) Pravaha (प्रवह):—[pra-vaha] (haḥ) 1. m. Going forth; wind.

2) Pravāha (प्रवाह):—[pra-vāha] (haḥ) 1. m. Stream; action; pond; swift horse. f. () Sand.

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

Pravaha (प्रवह) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Pavaha, Pavāha, Pavvāha.

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Pravaha in German

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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Pravāha (प्रवाह) [Also spelled pravah]:—(nm) flow; fluency; an unbroken sequence; ~[hamaya] fluent, having a flow; ~[hita] flowed, consigned to a flow of water, etc.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pravaha (ಪ್ರವಹ):—[adjective] flowing forward (as a liquid); moving, gliding or elapsing (as time).

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Pravaha (ಪ್ರವಹ):—

1) [noun] a going out.

2) [noun] air in a perceptible motion; wind.

3) [noun] Vāyu, the Hindu Wind-God.

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Pravāha (ಪ್ರವಾಹ):—

1) [noun] the act, fact or manner of flowing; a flow.

2) [noun] an overflowing of water (in a stream, river, etc.); flood.

3) [noun] the fact of flowing uninterruptedly flow; continuity.

4) [noun] (myth.) name of a hell.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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