Raghava, aka: Rāghava; 7 Definition(s)


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

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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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.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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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.

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

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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.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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