Upavita, Upavīta: 17 definitions

Introduction

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Upavita means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Upavīta (उपवीत, “sacred thread”) refers to one of the five kinds of external marks of an ācārya (“Śaiva preceptor”), according to Nigamajñāna (Śaiva teacher of the 16th century) in his Śaivāgamaparibhāṣāmañjarī.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Upavīta (उपवीत).—The sacred string or Uttarīya. The twiceborn (the three upper castes) wear this. When it is worn over the left shoulder and under the right arm it is called Upavīta, when it is worn over the right shoulder and under the left arm it is called Prācīnāvīta and if it is worn around the neck as a garland it is called Nivīta. (Manusmṛti, Chapter 2 Stanza 63).

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Upavīta (उपवीत) or Yajñasūtra refers to the “sacred thread” and represents one of the various articles offered during worship, according to the Arcana-dīpikā (manual on deity worship), while explaining procedures performed in the morning.—According to time and place, sixteen [viz., upavīta], twelve, ten or five articles can be employed in the worship of Śrī Bhagavān.

Note: Upavīta refers to the sacred thread received by men at the time of dīkṣā; it is worn over the left shoulder and under the right arm. ūrdhva-puṇḍra tilaka–(ūrdhva–vertical; puṇḍra–lines), the vertical clay markings of the Vaiṣṇavas that are worn on the forehead and other parts of the body to symbolize devotion to lord kṛṣṇa or Viṣṇu.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: ACHC: Smarta Puja

Upavīta (उपवीत) refers to “offering the sacred thread”, representing one of the various services (upacāra) of a pūjā (ritualistic worship of a deity) which aim at the purification of the devotee.—To male deities the worshipper offers the sacred thread (upavīta) which is to be worn by Brahmins, Kṣatriyas and Vaiśyas on the left shoulder and under the right arm. It is customary to offer the sacred thread after offering both garments (vastra) as no ritual act—like wearing the yajñopavita—can be performed without being properly dressed.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

upavīta : (pp. of upavīyati) woven.

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

Upavīta, (?) covered (?) at VvA. 8 in phrase “vettalatâdīhi upavītaṃ āsanaṃ” should prob. be read upanīta (vv. ll. uparivīta & upajita); or could it be pp. of upavīyati (woven with)? (Page 147)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

upavīta (उपवीत).—n S The cord worn by the three first classes of Hindus over the left shoulder and under the right.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

upavīta (उपवीत).—n The sacred thread worn by the three classes of Hindus.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upavīta (उपवीत).—[upa-ve-kta]

1) Investiture with the sacred thread.

2) The sacred thread worn by the first three classes of the Hindus; पित्र्यमंशमुपवीतलक्षणं मातृकं च धनु- रूर्जितं दधत् (pitryamaṃśamupavītalakṣaṇaṃ mātṛkaṃ ca dhanu- rūrjitaṃ dadhat) R.11.64; मुक्तायज्ञोपवीतानि (muktāyajñopavītāni) Ku.6.6; Śi.1.7; Ki.12.23; Ms.2.44,64,4.36,66.

Derivable forms: upavītam (उपवीतम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upavīta (उपवीत).—n.

(-taṃ) The thread or cord worn by the three first classes of Hindus, over the left shoulder and under the right. E. upa much, to shine, affix kta; see upanaya.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upavīta (उपवीत).—[neuter] investiture with the sacred cord the sacred cord itself.

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

1) Upavīta (उपवीत):—[=upa-vīta] a etc. See upa-√vye.

2) [=upa-vīta] [from upa-vye] b mfn. invested with the sacred thread

3) [v.s. ...] n. the being invested with the sacred thread

4) [v.s. ...] the sacred thread or cord (worn by the first three classes over the left shoulder and under the right arm), [Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Manu-smṛti ii, 44; 64; iv, 66; Yājñavalkya i, 29; Harivaṃśa; Raghuvaṃśa etc.] (cf. yajñopavīta.)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upavīta (उपवीत):—[upa-vīta] (taṃ) 1. n. A thread worn by the Hindu brāhmaṃs.

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

Upavīta (उपवीत) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Uvavīa.

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Upavita in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Upavīta (ಉಪವೀತ):—

1) [noun] the sacred thread worn by three of the four castes of the Hindus.

2) [noun] the act of wearing the sacred thread as per the religious code.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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