Shikhavat, Śikhāvat, Śikhāvān, Shikhavan: 8 definitions


Shikhavat 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.

The Sanskrit terms Śikhāvat and Śikhāvān can be transliterated into English as Sikhavat or Shikhavat or Sikhavan or Shikhavan, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shikhavat in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śikhāvān (शिखावान्).—A maharṣi, who lived in the court of Yudhiṣṭhira. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 4, Verse 14).

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (vaishnavism)

Śikhāvat (शिखावत्) refers to “Agni”, according to the Vedānta Deśika’s Yatirājasaptati.—When we come to the poem’s understanding of the divinity of Rāmānuja we find a wide spectrum of meanings. [...] Verse 27 lauds Rāmānuja as the aggregation of the threefold splendour (saṃvalita-tridhāman) of Agni (śikhāvān [śikhāvat]), the moon (auṣadhīśa) and the sun (tāpana). In verse 32 Rāmānuja is seen as having the same capacity to offer protection to the world as Viṣvaksena, with the latter’s cane staff transformed into his ascetic’s rod.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Śikhāvat (शिखावत्).—a.

1) Crested.

2) Flaming.

3) Pointed; cf. Kull. on Manusmṛti 1.38. -m.

1) A lamp.

2) Fire.

3) The descending node.

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

Śikhāvat (शिखावत्).—m. (-vān) 1. A name of Agni or fire. 2. The personified descending node. 3. A lamp. f. (-vatī) A plant, (Sansevier a zeylanica.) E. śikhā a crest, and matup poss. aff.

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

Śikhāvat (शिखावत्).—[śikhā + vat], adv. Like a crest, [Pañcatantra] 121, 3.

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

1) Śikhāvat (शिखावत्):—[=śikhā-vat] [from śikhā] 1. śikhā-vat ind. like a crest, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) [v.s. ...] 2. śikhā-vat mfn. flaming, burning, [Śiśupāla-vadha]

3) [v.s. ...] pointed, [Manvarthamuktāvalī, kullūka bhaṭṭa’s Commentary on manu-smṛti on Manu-smṛti i, 38]

4) [v.s. ...] m. fire, [Kirātārjunīya]

5) [v.s. ...] a lamp, [Horace H. Wilson]

6) [v.s. ...] a comet or the descending node, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] a [particular] plant or tree (= citraka), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

8) [v.s. ...] Name of a man, [Mahābhārata]

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

Śikhāvat (शिखावत्):—(vān) 5. m. Agni or fire; a lamp; personified descending node. f. (ī) A plant, Sanseviera Zeylanica.

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

Śikhāvat (शिखावत्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Sihāla.

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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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