Samvita, Saṃvīta: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Saṃvīta (संवीत) is a general name for “clothing” once commonly made by craftsmen in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Craftsmen and their tools are referred to in the Nīlamata which enjoins upon the inhabitants of Kaśmīra the worship of Viśvakarmā—the originator of all crafts.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Saṃvīta (संवीत) refers to “covering” (i.e., clothes), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.27 (“Description of the fraudulent words of the Brahmacārin”).—Accordingly, as Śiva (in guise of a Brahmacārin) said to Pārvatī: “If you are stopping me with devotion, truly desirous of hearing then I shall explain everything whereby you may gain some wisdom. I know Śiva through and through with all His weighty attributes. I shall tell you the truth. Listen with attention. The great lord is bull-bannered. His body is smeared with ashes. His hair is matted. He is clad in the hide of a tiger. He has covered [i.e., saṃvīta] His body with the hide of an elephant. [...]”.

Purana book cover
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Saṃvīta (संवीत) refers to “being clad (in gold clothes)”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 11.1-24ab, while describing the appearance and worship of Tumburu]—“[...] The Devīs are white, red, yellow, and black, four-faced, four armed, three eyed, and in [their] hands bear golden hatchets, sticks and rosaries. [...] Seated on horseback, the Great Devī [Aparājitā] is adorned with many ornaments and resembles a broken sapphire [i.e., black]. [She is] adorned with four faces, four arms, three eyes, and holds a grass noose, a jewel, a bowl, and a mace. [She] stands firmly on a divine seat, clothed in gold clothes (sauvarṇa-ambara-saṃvītā) and gold ornaments. [...] [When one] worships and meditates on [the Devīs, as they] stand in the cardinal directions, [the Devīs grant the practitioner] the fruits of siddhi. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saṃvīta (संवीत).—p. p.

1) Clothed, dressed; पाण्डरांशुकसंवीतां शयानां प्रमदामिव (pāṇḍarāṃśukasaṃvītāṃ śayānāṃ pramadāmiva) Bu. Ch.4.49.

2) Covered over, coated, overlaid; येनैवाम्बरखण्डेन संवीतो निशि चन्द्रमाः (yenaivāmbarakhaṇḍena saṃvīto niśi candramāḥ) Bhartṛhari 3.15.

3) Adorned.

4) Invested, surrounded, shut in, hemmed; स्वर्णप्राकारसंवीता (svarṇaprākārasaṃvītā) (laṅkā) Rām.7.5.25.

5) Overwhelmed.

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

Saṃvīta (संवीत).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Surrounded, enclosed, encompassed. 2. Covered, clothed. 3. Well-adorned. 4. Overwhelmed. 5. Shut in. E. sam completely, vyeñ to surround, aff. kta .

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

Saṃvīta (संवीत).—[adjective] covered, wrapped, enveloped, veiled, clothed, armed; [neuter] clothing.

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

1) Saṃvīta (संवीत):—[=saṃ-vīta] a tin See saṃ-√vye.

2) [=saṃ-vīta] [from saṃ-vye] b mfn. covered over, clothed, mailed, armoured, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] covered or surrounded or furnished with, concealed or obscured by ([instrumental case] or [compound]), [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] hidden, invisible, disappeared, [Harivaṃśa]

5) [v.s. ...] wrapped round, [Bālarāmāyaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] unseen id est. connived at, permitted by ([compound]), [Vāmana’s Kāvyālaṃkāravṛtti ii, 1, 19]

7) [v.s. ...] n. clothing, [Śāntiśataka]

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

Saṃvīta (संवीत):—[saṃ-vīta] (taḥ-tā-taṃ) a. Surrounded.

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

Saṃvīta (संवीत) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Saṃvīa.

[Sanskrit to German]

Samvita in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Saṃvita (ಸಂವಿತ):—[noun] a learned man; a man having good judgement, sagacity.

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Saṃvīta (ಸಂವೀತ):—

1) [adjective] covered with or wearing clothes; put on (clothes).

2) [adjective] covered with; concealed or obscured by; hidden; wrapped round.

3) [adjective] decorated with; adorned.

4) [adjective] encircled on all or nearly all sides; surrounded.

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Saṃvīta (ಸಂವೀತ):—

1) [noun] something that is covered, wrapped.

2) [noun] a thing surronded on all or nearly all sides.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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