Suvanna, Suvaṇṇa: 5 definitions


Suvanna means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha

Suvaṇṇa (सुवण्ण) (Prakrit) (in Sanskrit: Suvarṇa) refers to “gold (of highest purity)”, according to the 8th-century Kuvalayamālā written by Uddyotanasūri, a Prakrit Campū (similar to Kāvya poetry) narrating the love-story between Prince Candrāpīḍa and the Apsaras Kādambarī.—There is a reference to gold of highest purity (jacca-suvaṇṇa=jātya-suvarṇa). Whatever impurity or dross was contained in the gold brought to the goldsmith was removed by the latter by subjecting it to different processes of testing it on the touch-stone, cutting, heating under regulated fire, beating out into flat sheets, filing the sheets and the same process of beating it into a different shape, giving it a shape of round bar and dividing into several parts for final testing.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha (history)

Suvaṇṇa (सुवण्ण) refers to one of the various shops or “market places” (Sanskrit: Haṭṭa, Prakrit: Cauhaṭṭa) for a medieval town in ancient India, which were vividly depicted in Kathās (narrative poems), for example, by Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā.—The Kuvalayamala (779 A.D.) is full of cultural material which gains in value because of the firm date of its composition. [...] In the Kuvalayamālā, some names of shops according to articles displayed in them is given, [i.e., suvaṇṇa] [...] Thus Uddyotana has in his view a complete form of a medieval market place with the number of lines full of different commodities.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

suvaṇṇa : (nt.) gold. (adj.), of good colour; beautiful.

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

Suvaṇṇa, (Sk. suvarṇa) of good colour, good, favoured, beautiful D. I, 82; Dhs. 223; It. 99; A. IV, 255; Pug. 60; J. I, 226; suvaṇṇa (nt.) gold S. IV, 325 sq.; Sn. 48, 686; Nd2 687 (=jātarūpa); KhA 240; VvA. 104; often together with hirañña Vin. III, 16, 48; D. II, 179; °-āni pl. precious things J. I, 206.—Cp. soṇṇa.

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Suvaṇṇa (सुवण्ण) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Suparṇa.

2) Suvaṇṇa (सुवण्ण) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Suvarṇa.

3) Suvanna (सुवन्न) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Suvarṇa.

4) Suvanna (सुवन्न) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Sauvarṇa.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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