Udvahavidhi, Udvāhavidhi, Udvaha-vidhi: 2 definitions



Udvahavidhi 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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Udvāhavidhi (उद्वाहविधि) refers to the “rites of marriage”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.18. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] then in an auspicious conjunction of stars with the planets in a propitious position, Dakṣa joyfully gave his daughter Satī to Siva. As a part of the rites of marriage (udvāhavidhi) the delighted Śiva grasped the hand of Satī of comely appearance. We all, Viṣṇu, I, you and other sages, bowed to Śiva and delighted Him with laudatory hymns”.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Udvāhavidhi (उद्वाहविधि) refers to the “ceremony of marriage”, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, book 4 chapter 2. Accordingly, “... and as she [Prabhāvatī] was going along she saw a fire burning in a certain place, so she took Naravāhanadatta’s hand, and moved round it, keeping it on the right. In this way the bold lady managed by an artifice to go through the ceremony of marriage (udvāhavidhi) with Naravāhanadatta, for all the actions of heavenly beings have some important end in view”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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