Sadvidya, Sadvidyā, Sad-vidya: 1 definition


Sadvidya 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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sadvidyā (सद्विद्या) refers to “good learning”, and is considered a great asset (dhana) for Brahmins, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.17. Accordingly, as Guṇanidhi, who was addicted to gambling (dyūta), was told by his mother as follows:—“[...] dear child [viz., Guṇanidhi], a good learning (sadvidyā) and association with men of saintly character (sādhusaṅgama) constitute a great asset (dhana) for Brahmins. How is it that you do not gladly take interest in such things? Your ancestors and grandfathers (pitāmaha) had all earned the reputation (rūḍhi) of being good Vedic scholars (Sacchrotriya), well learned in Śāstras (Anūcāna), and performers of sacrifices (Dīkṣita), especially Somayāgas”.

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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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