Raghava, Rāghava: 12 definitions


Raghava means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Rāghava (राघव).—Lord Rāmacandra, who appeared in the Raghu dynasty, the dynasty of the sun.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Rāghava (राघव).—See Rāma (s.v.);1 killed Tāḍakā;2 his consort was Sītā;3 an avatār of Viṣṇu to kill Rāvaṇa.4

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 36.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 73.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 9. 144.
  • 4) Ib. IV. 14. 49.
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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Rāghava (रघुनाथ) is another name for Raghunātha Paṇḍita Manohara (1697 C.E.), son of Bhikkam Bhaṭṭa and grandson of Śrīkṛṣṇa Bhaṭṭa of Manohara family.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu

Rāghava (राघव) 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 Rāghava] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

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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

rāghava (राघव).—m S The name of an enormous and fabulous fish. rāghava & timiṅgila (another legendary marine monster) pursue each other round the globe. When they shall meet, face to face, the earth will be turned upside down and overwhelmed.

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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

Rāghava (राघव).—[raghorgrotrāpatyam aṇ]

1) A descendant of Raghu, especially Rāma.

2) A kind of large fish; क्रोडे क्रीडतु कस्य केलिकलहत्यक्तार्णवो राघवः (kroḍe krīḍatu kasya kelikalahatyaktārṇavo rāghavaḥ) Bv.1.55.

3) Sea, ocean.

Derivable forms: rāghavaḥ (राघवः).

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

Rāghava (राघव).—name of a nāga king: Mahāvyutpatti 3269; Mahā-Māyūrī 246.32.

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

Rāghava (राघव).—m. (vaḥ) 1. A name of Ramachandra. 2. A sort of fish. E. raghu the ancestor of the demi-god, and aṇ aff. of descent.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Rāghava (राघव) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—son of Gaṇeśa, father of Vatsarāja (Vārāṇasīdarpaṇakāśikā 1641). L. 765.

2) Rāghava (राघव):—Gaṇeśastuti.

3) Rāghava (राघव):—Virahiṇīmanovinodaṭīkā.

4) Rāghava (राघव):—Vaidyavilāsa.

5) Rāghava (राघव):—father of Caṇḍīdāsa (Karaṇakutūhalaṭīkā).

6) Rāghava (राघव):—q. v.: Vaidyavilāsa.

Rāghava has the following synonyms: Raghunātha.

7) Rāghava (राघव):—Triṃśacchlokīṭīkā.

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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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