Sukhavaha, Sukhāvahā, Sukhāvaha, Sukha-avaha, Sukha-vaha: 17 definitions


Sukhavaha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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.

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह) refers to a variety of prāsāda (‘superstructure’, or, upper storey of any building), according to the Mayamata (5th-century guidebook on Dravidian architecture). It is part of the Catuṣtala (four-storey) group of prāsādas.

The Sukhāvaha variety has the following specifications and decorative motif components:

Number of talas (levels): 4;
Shape of grīva (neck) and śikhara (head): Circular;
Number of śālas: 12;
Number of kūṭas: 12 (octagonal);
Number of pañjaras: 8;
Number of alpanāsis: As many as required;
Number of mahānāsis: 8 (+ 8 kṣudranāsis);

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

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह) refers to “that which brings comfort”, according to the Devyāmata (in the section śalyoddhāra-paṭala or “excavation of extraneous substances”).—Accordingly, “[...] If a cord is cut, there is death or deadly pain. [The officiant] who has knowledge of the ritual should perform the fire rite for quelling of calamities, if he becomes aware of such [omens]. Since a levelled house brings every comfort (sarva-sukhāvaha) and prosperity [to the residents], one should divide the site properly with cords and examine extraneous substances beneath the site. [...]”.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sukhavaha in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Sukhāvahā (सुखावहा) is another name for Rātrī, one of the seven major rivers situated in Krauñcadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 88. Krauñcadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Jyotiṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह) refers to “that which is conducive to happiness”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.4.—Accordingly, Umā (Durgā/Satī) spoke to the Gods:—“O Viṣṇu, O, Brahmā, O Gods and sages who are free from sorrow and pain ye listen to my words. I am delighted undoubtedly. My activities are conducive to happiness [i.e., sukhāvaha] everywhere in the three worlds. The delusion of Dakṣa and other things were carried out by me alone. I shall take a full incarnation on the earth. There is no doubt in this. There are many reasons for the same. I shall mention them with respect. [...]”

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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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Sukhāvahā (सुखावहा) refers to the city of Hara, situated on the north-eastern lower slope of mount Meru, according to Parākhyatantra 5.66. Meru is the name of a golden mountained situated in the middle of nine landmasses (navakhaṇḍa): Bhārata, Hari, Kimpuruṣa, Ramyaka, Ramaṇa, Kuru, Bhadrāśva, Ketumāla and Ilāvṛta. Together these khaṇḍas make up the continent known as Jambūdvīpa.

Sukhāvahā is also known by the name Yaśaskā or Yaśovatī, and is mentioned in various other sources, eg., the Svacchanda-tantra 10.132-136, Kiraṇa-āgama 8.51-54, Mṛgendra-āgama vidyāpāda 13.47-54, Sarvajñānottara-tantra adhvaprakaraṇa 34-36 and Mataṅga-āgama vidyāpāda 23.60-63

The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.

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

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह) refers to “happiness”, 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 19.84-85, while describing the ritual that protect the king and his kingdom]—“The tradition is secret and confers happiness (sukhāvaha) and the best of all fortune. The pleased and pious adepts strive to obtain the favor of [Mṛtyujit]. They are liberated from all suffering. What I say is true, not false”.

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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह) refers to one of the forty-seven tānas (tone) used in Indian music.—The illustration of Sukhāvaha (as a deity) according to 15th-century Indian art is as follows.—The colour of his body is yellow. His face is similar to the face of a horse. A fruit is in his right hand and a viṇā in his left hand.

The illustrations (of, for example Sukhāvaha) are found scattered throughout ancient Jain manuscripts from Gujarat. The descriptions of these illustrations of this citrāvalī are based on the ślokas of Vācanācārya Gaṇi Sudhākalaśa’s Saṅgītopaniṣatsāroddhāra (14th century) and Śārṅgadeva’s Saṅgītaratnākara (13th century).

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shilpa)

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह) or Sukhāvahamūrti refers to one of the twenty-eighth forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Vātulāgama: twenty-eighth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgama. The forms of Śiva (e.g., Sukhāvaha) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sukhavaha in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sukhāvaha : (adj.) bringing happiness; conveying happiness.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Sukhāvaha refers to: bringing happiness, conducive to ease S. I, 2 sq. , 55; Dh. 35; J. II, 42.

Note: sukhāvaha is a Pali compound consisting of the words sukha and āvaha.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह).—a. conducing to happiness, pleasant, comfortable.

Sukhāvaha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sukha and āvaha (आवह).

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Sukhavaha (सुखवह).—a. easily borne or carried.

Sukhavaha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sukha and vaha (वह).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह).—name of two yakṣas: Mahā-Māyūrī 42; 65.

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Sukhāvahā (सुखावहा).—name of a devakumārikā in the southern quarter: Lalitavistara 389.8 (= Suvyākṛtā of Mahāvastu).

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

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह).—mfn.

(-haḥ-hā-haṃ) Conferring pleasure, delighting, pleasing. E. sukha pleasure, āṅ before vah to convey, aff. ac .

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

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह).—[adjective] bringing pleasure, delighting.

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

1) Sukhavaha (सुखवह):—[=sukha-vaha] [from sukha > sukh] mfn. easily borne or carried, [Mahābhārata]

2) Sukhāvaha (सुखावह):—[from sukha > sukh] mfn. bringing or conferring pleasure, delightful, [Rāmāyaṇa]

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

Sukhāvaha (सुखावह):—[sukhā+vaha] (haḥ-hā-haṃ) a. Conferring pleasure, pleasing.

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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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