Shvetavarna, Śvetavarṇa: 5 definitions


Shvetavarna 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 term Śvetavarṇa can be transliterated into English as Svetavarna or Shvetavarna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Śvetavarṇa (श्वेतवर्ण).—A Kulaparvata of the Bhadrāśva.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 43. 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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Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Shvetavarna in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Śvetavarṇa (श्वेतवर्ण):—White colour

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shvetavarna in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Śvetavarṇa (श्वेतवर्ण) refers to “that which is white like snow”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, while describing Trikhaṇḍā: “[...] She has three sections, three faces, a divine form and large belly. She has three eyes on each face and is blissful with wine. (The face) in front is white like snow [i.e., śvetavarṇa-ābha], a jasmine flower or the moon. Content and tranquil, its gaze is immersed in subtle contemplation and, radiant with divine jewels, is adorned with jewel earrings. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shvetavarna in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Śvetavarṇā (श्वेतवर्णा).—(most mss. sveta°), Divyāvadāna 263.9, according to Index an astrologer's instrument, according to [Boehtlingk] 7.379 chalk; what is clear is that it is something used in astrological calculation; see the passage, s.v. gaṇitra.

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

1) Śvetavarṇa (श्वेतवर्ण):—[=śveta-varṇa] [from śveta > śvit] mfn. white-coloured, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) Śvetavarṇā (श्वेतवर्णा):—[=śveta-varṇā] [from śveta-varṇa > śveta > śvit] f. chalk, [Divyāvadāna]

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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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