Svasainya, Sva-sainya: 2 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Svasainya in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Svasainya (स्वसैन्य) refers to “one’s own army”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.40 (“The Marriage Procession of Śiva”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Going along, seated on the elephant Airāvata in the midst of his armies (svasainya), Indra, the lord of god, shone well fully decorated in various ways. Many other sages enthusiastic about the marriage of Śiva shone well on their way. Śākinīs, Yātudhānas Vetālas, Brahmarākṣasas, Bhūtas, Pretas and Pramathas, Tumburu, Nārada, Hāhā, Hūhū, Gandharvas and Kinnaras went ahead playing on their musical instruments with great delight. [...]”.

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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

[«previous next»] — Svasainya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Svasainya (स्वसैन्य):—[=sva-sainya] [from sva] n. one’s own army, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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