Urvi, aka: Urvī; 8 Definition(s)


Urvi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Urvī (उर्वी).—See bhūmī or pṛthvī; extent 500 million yojanas; foremost of all elements and mother of all beings; depth below the surface is 70,000 yojanas consisting of the seven regions of Pātāla.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 96-7; 5. 1-2.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Urvī (उर्वी) is the name of a specific marma (vital points) of the human body, according to the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya-saṃhitā. When affected severely, these marmas causes death. The commonly accepted number of marmas in the human body, as described in the Suśruta-saṃhita, is 107 divided into 5 categories: the muscular, vascular, ligament, bone and joints.

The Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya-saṃhitā by Vāgbhaṭa is a classical Sanskrit treatise dealing with Āyurveda dating from the 6th-century. Together with the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhita, it is considered one of the three main Indian medical classics

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Urvī (उर्वी) refers to “earth” and is mentioned in a list of 53 synonyms for dharaṇi (“earth”), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia).  The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil [viz., Urvī], mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Urvī (उर्वी).—1. Base of a triangle. 2. Earth. Note: Urvī is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

urvī (उर्वी).—f S urvīmaṇḍala n S The earth. Ex. daṇāṇīta urvīmaṇḍala || Also kāṃ urvīcē ṭhāīṃ sahaja || prakāśē vāsara- maṇīcēṃ tēja ||

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

urvī (उर्वी).—f urvīmaṇḍala n The earth.

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

Urvī (उर्वी).—

1) 'Wide region', the earth; स्तोकमुर्व्यां प्रयाति (stokamurvyāṃ prayāti) Ś. 1.7; जुगोप गोरूपधरामिवोर्वीम् (jugopa gorūpadharāmivorvīm) R.2.3,1.14,3,75,2.66; Me.21.

2) Land, soil.

3) The open space or expanse (comprising six spaces; i. e. the four quarters of the sky with the upper and lower spaces).

4) A river.

5) (du.) Ved. the two worlds, or the heaven and earth. आ यः पप्रौ जायमान उर्वी (ā yaḥ paprau jāyamāna urvī) Rv.6.1.4.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Urvī (उर्वी) or Urvvī.—f. (-rvī) The earth. E. uru great, ṅīṣ aff.

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