Upavitin, Upavītin, Upaviti, Upavītī: 9 definitions

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Upavitin 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Upavītin (उपवीतिन्) or Yajñopavītin refers to “one who wears a sacred thread”, according to the 9th-century Sarvajñānottaratantra chapter 18.—Accordingly, “Next, I shall teach the best observance among observances, which is known as the Śiva-vrata and which is revered by Asuras and Gods alike. Pure pale ash [should be used, and] white dress and unguents; he should wear a white sacred thread (śukla-yajña-upavītin) and be adorned by a chignon of matted locks. He should be equipped with all [suitable] ornaments, [and] adorned with white garlands; he should consume [only the pure ritual gruel-offering known as] caru; he should observe the chaste conduct of a student; he should venerate Śiva, the fire and his Guru. [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upavītin (उपवीतिन्).—a. Wearing the sacred thread. उद्धृते दक्षिणे पाणावुपवीत्युच्यते द्विजः (uddhṛte dakṣiṇe pāṇāvupavītyucyate dvijaḥ) Manusmṛti 2.63.

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

Upavītin (उपवीतिन्).—m. (-tī) The Brahman who wears the string in the usual manner, or on the left shoulder and under the right arm. E. upavīta and ini aff.

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

Upavītin (उपवीतिन्).—i. e. upa-vīta (vb. vye) + in, adj. Wearing the sacrificial cord on the left shoulder, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 63.

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

Upavītin (उपवीतिन्).—[adjective] wearing the sacred cord.

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

Upavītin (उपवीतिन्):—[from upa-vye] mfn. wearing the sacred cord in the usual manner (over the left shoulder and under the right arm), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā xvi, 17; Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Manu-smṛti ii, 63] (cf. yajñopavītin.)

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

Upavītin (उपवीतिन्):—[upa-vītin] (tī) 5. m. brāhman.

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Upavitin 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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