Raktavasas, Raktavāsas, Rakta-vasas: 6 definitions


Raktavasas means something in 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 Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Raktavāsas (रक्तवासस्) refers to “red clothing”, brought for the purpose of a marriage, as mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s Viddhaśālabhañjikā (Act 4), ed. Jīvānanda, p. 134.—Cf. Puṣpasindūrikā as mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 22.10.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Raktavāsas (रक्तवासस्) refers to “one wearing a red cloth” and is used to describe Śiva (as Sunartakanaṭa), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.30 (“The Celebration of Pārvatī’s Return”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] In the meantime, Śiva, favourably disposed to His disciples and prone to divine sports, assumed the guise of a dancer and approached Menakā. He held the blowing horn in his left and the drum in his right hand. He wore a red cloth (raktavāsas) and had the wallet suspended behind his back. In the guise of a dancer with the skill of dancing and singing, he danced well and sang many songs in sweet voice. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Raktavasas in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Raktavāsas (रक्तवासस्).—a. clothed in red; Manusmṛti 8.256. (-m.) a Brāhmaṇa in the fourth order of life.

Raktavāsas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rakta and vāsas (वासस्). See also (synonyms): raktavasana.

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

Raktavāsas (रक्तवासस्).—[adjective] clad in red.

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

Raktavāsas (रक्तवासस्):—[=rakta-vāsas] [from rakta > raj] mfn. wearing red garments, [Manu-smṛti viii, 256.]

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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 (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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