Puvva: 3 definitions


Puvva means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Jainworld: Jain History

Puvva (पुव्व) (Sanskrit—Pūrva) refers to the fourteen Puvvas of the Diṭṭhivāya: the twelfth Aṅga (or Aṅgapaiṭṭha) of canonical texts in Digambara Jainism.—The Digambaras believe that the texts of both the groups are not extant now except some portion of Dīṭṭhivāya, the twelfth Aṅga.

The Diṭṭhivāya comprises fourteen Puvvas, namely:—

  1. Uppada-puvva,
  2. Aggeṇiyapuvva,
  3. Vīruyā-ṇuvāda-puvva,
  4. Atthiṇatthipavāde-puvva,
  5. Nāṇapavāda-puvva,
  6. Saccapavāda-puvva,
  7. Ādapavāda-puvva,
  8. Kammapavāde-puvva,
  9. Paccakkhāṇanāmadheya-puvva,
  10. Vijjāṇuvāda-puvva,
  11. Kallāṇanāmadheya-puvva,
  12. Pāṇāvāya-puvva,
  13. Kiriyāvisāla-puvva,
  14. Lokabiṅdusāra-puvva.
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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Puvva (पुव्व).—(?) , see pubba.

context information

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.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Puvva (पुव्व) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Plu.

Puvva has the following synonyms: Puva.

2) Puvva (पुव्व) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Pūrva.

3) Puvvā (पुव्वा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Pūrvā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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