Shvetashva, Śvetāśva, Shveta-ashva: 6 definitions


Shvetashva means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 term Śvetāśva can be transliterated into English as Svetasva or Shvetashva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shvetashva in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Śvetāśva (श्वेताश्व).—One of the four learned Brahman disciples of Śveta.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 117.
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Shvetashva in Mahayana glossary
Source: Bulletin of the French School of the Far East (volume 5)

Śvetāśva (श्वेताश्व) [?] (in Chinese: Pe-ma) is the name of an ancient kingdom associated with Aśvinī or Aśvinīnakṣatra, as mentioned in chapter 18 of the Candragarbha: the 55th section of the Mahāsaṃnipāta-sūtra, a large compilation of Sūtras (texts) in Mahāyāna Buddhism partly available in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese.—Chapter 18 deals with geographical astrology and, in conversation with Brahmarāja and others, Buddha explains how he entrusts the Nakṣatras [e.g., Aśvinī] with a group of kingdoms [e.g., Śvetāśva] for the sake of protection and prosperity.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Śvetāśva (श्वेताश्व).—Name of Arjuna.

Derivable forms: śvetāśvaḥ (श्वेताश्वः).

Śvetāśva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śveta and aśva (अश्व).

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

Śvetāśva (श्वेताश्व).—1. [masculine] white horse.

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Śvetāśva (श्वेताश्व).—2. [adjective] drawn by white horses (chariot); [masculine] [Epithet] of Arjuna (guider of white horses).

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

1) Śvetāśva (श्वेताश्व):—[from śveta > śvit] m. a wh° horse, [Śāṅkhāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. yoked with wh° steeds (as a car), [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] m. ‘drawn by wh° st°’, Name of Arjuna, [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] of a pupil of Śiva, [Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 122 n. 3]

5) [v.s. ...] of pupil of Śveta, [Horace H. Wilson] ([varia lectio] śvetāsya)

6) Śvetāśvā (श्वेताश्वा):—[from śvetāśva > śveta > śvit] f. Name of a goddess, [Catalogue(s)]

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Shvetashva 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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