Suvaktra, Suvaktrā, Su-vaktra: 6 definitions



Suvaktra 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.

In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Suvaktrā (सुवक्त्रा) is the alternative name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) mentioned by Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Suvaktrā corresponds to Acalā. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Suvaktra (सुवक्त्र).—A warrior of Subrahmaṇya. (Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Verse 73).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Suvaktra (सुवक्त्र) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.55) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Suvaktra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Suvaktra is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.16, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Suvaktra (सुवक्त्र).—

1) a good face or mouth.

2) correct utterance.

-ktraḥ Name of Śiva.

Derivable forms: suvaktram (सुवक्त्रम्).

Suvaktra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and vaktra (वक्त्र).

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

1) Suvaktra (सुवक्त्र):—[=su-vaktra] [from su > su-yaj] n. a good mouth or face, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) [v.s. ...] good utterance or intonation, [Śikṣā]

3) [v.s. ...] mfn. having a handsome mouth or face (said of Śiva), [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] having good organs of pronunciation, [Śikṣā]

5) [v.s. ...] m. a kind of plant (= su-mukha), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of one of Skanda’s attendants, [Mahābhārata]

7) [v.s. ...] of a son of Dantavaktra, [Harivaṃśa]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Suvaktra (सुवक्त्र):—1. n. ein schöner Mund [ŚIKṢĀ] in [Weber’s Indische Studien 4, 268.]

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Suvaktra (सुवक्त्र):—

1) adj. einen schönen Mund habend: Śiva [Mahābhārata 14, 195.] — —

2) m. a) eine best. Pflanze, = sumukha [DHANV. 4, 29.] — b) Nomen proprium α) eines Wesens im Gefolge Skanda's [Mahābhārata 9, 2575.] — β) eines Sohnes des Dantavaktra [Harivaṃśa 6581.]

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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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