Trayivit, Trayi-vit, Trayīvit, Trayividh: 2 definitions


Trayivit 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Trayīvit (त्रयीवित्) refers to the “Vedic rituals”, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.27. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] once a great sacrifice was started by Dakṣa, [...] In that sacrifice that was being performed in that holy place of Kanakhala, Bhṛgu and other sages were made Ṛtviks by him (Dakṣa). Viṣṇu himself was the presiding officer along with the Maruts. I was the Brahmā (a special officiating deity) the director and guide for Vedic rituals (trayīvit)”.

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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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Mīmāṃsā (school of philosophy)

Source: Religious Inclusivism in the Writings of an Early Modern Sanskrit Intellectual (mimamsa)

Trayīvit (त्रयीवित्) refers to those who are “learned in the three Vedas”.—In his Tantravārttika 1.3.3, Kumārila (c. seventh century) claims that those who are learned in the three Vedas (trayīvit) do not accept the scriptures of the Sāṃkhyas, followers of the Yoga school, Pāñcarātrika Vaiṣṇavas, Pāśupatas, Buddhists, and Jains, for they contradict the Veda (trayīviparīta) and are internally incoherent (asaṃbaddha). The reliability of authors of such scriptures is also questioned. In his view, these authors are not trustworthy inasmuch as their only wish is to gain social approval, wealth, veneration and fame by cloaking their scriptures, as it were, with elements borrowed from the Veda.

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Mimamsa (मीमांसा, mīmāṃsā) refers to one of the six orthodox Hindu schools of philosophy, emphasizing the nature of dharma and the philosophy of language. The literature in this school is also known for its in-depth study of ritual actions and social duties.

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