Vadava, Vāḍava, Vaḍavā: 20 definitions


Vadava means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi. 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)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vāḍava (वाडव) refers to a “mare-like fire”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.20 (“The story of the submarine fire”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā said to Nārada: “On hearing that I pondered over the reason for the same, and remembering Śiva humbly I went there in order to protect the three worlds. That fire, out to burn everything, very brilliant with its shooting flames, was thwarted by me as I had the capacity by Śiva’s grace. O sage, then I made that fire of fury, out to burn the three worlds, tender in its blaze and mare-like in shape [i.e., vāḍava]. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vāḍava (वाडव).—A Marut gaṇa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 171. 54.

1b) The Brahmans of Vāyupura.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 60. 71.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vaḍavā (वडवा) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.60.34) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vaḍavā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Vāḍava (वाडव).—Possibly the same as Kunaravadava; an ancient grammarian quoted in the Mahabhasya; cf. तत्र सौर्थभगवतोक्तमनिष्टिज्ञो वाडवः पठति (tatra saurthabhagavatoktamaniṣṭijño vāḍavaḥ paṭhati), M. Bh. on P. VIII. 2. 106 Vart 3.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Vāḍava (वाडव) refers to the “doomsday fire”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “The doomsday fire (vāḍava) is there in the middle, very brilliant (mahādyuti), its nature radiant energy (tejas). The Doomsday Fire destroys all (the universe) moving and immobile consisting of Māyā just as it does all the waters (of phenomenal existence). [...]”.

2) Vāḍava (वाडव) or Vāḍavāmṛta refers to the “nectar of fire”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “The plane of the One-footed (ekapāda i.e. the letter E) is where the Skyfarer is in the Skyfarer within the Cavity of the Hair. Śrīdeva is above Meru (the triangle above the head) (merupaścima) in the essential nature of the Void, which is the threefold measure (of energy). (This is) where everything consists of Space and is the Cavity (vivara), which is the nectar of Fire (vāḍava-amṛta). There, above, in the Void is the supreme god. (He is) the moonbeam (candrāṃśu) that, well-fixed, oozes (nectar). The (energy of the) Full Moon (pūrṇamāsā) resides as the teacher's being (gurutva) on the plane of the Skyfarer”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: A Critical Sanskrit Edition and a Translation of Kambala’s Sādhananidhi, Chapter 8

Vaḍavā (वडवा) is the name of a Deity associated with the syllable “va” of the Devīhṛdayamantra (Goddess’ heart mantra): one of the four major mantras in the Cakrasaṃvara tradition, as taught in the eighth chapter of the 9th-century Herukābhidhāna and its commentary, the Sādhananidhi. The thirteen letters constituting the mantra are transformed in meditation into thirteen deities. All these female deities [viz., Vaḍavā] have their male consorts who resemble their consort female deities in appearance and are in sexual union with them.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Vaḍavā (वडवा) refers to a “mare”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [when the Bhagavān reached the vicinity of the residence of Vaiśravaṇa], “[...] All people, women, men, boys and girls, cattle, horses, mares (vaḍavā), buffaloes, elephants, camels, donkeys and so on became delighted by comfort. That lotus lake had an expansion of two yojanas and [a depth of] a fathom all around in the four directions. [...]”

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Vāḍava (वाडव) refers to the “hell-fire (of suffering)”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Pitiable living beings roam about perpetually in the ocean of life which is a great whirlpool having four states of existence [and] inflamed by the hell-fire of suffering (duḥkha-vāḍava-dīpita). Embodied souls, living in immovable and movable bodies, are born [and] die constrained by the chains of their own actions”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vaḍavā.—(EI 22, 27), Marāṭhil; record-keeper. Note: vaḍavā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vaḍava (वडव).—f n The cross piece over the mouth of a drawwell, in which the wheel is infixed.

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vaḍavā (वडवा).—m (Mistaken for vaṇavā) Conflagration of a forest.

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vaḍavā (वडवा).—f S A mare.

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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

Vaḍavā (वडवा).—

1) A mare; सैव भूत्वाथ वडवा नासत्यौ सुषुवे भुवि (saiva bhūtvātha vaḍavā nāsatyau suṣuve bhuvi) Bhāg. 6.6.4.

2) The nymph Aśvinī who in the form of a mare bore to the sun two sons, the Aśvins; see संज्ञा (saṃjñā).

3) A female slave.

4) A harlot, prostitute.

5) A woman of the Brāhmaṇa caste (dvijayoṣit).

6) A particular constellation represented by a horse's head.

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Vāḍava (वाडव).—[vaḍavāyā apatyaṃ vaḍavānāṃ samūho vā aṇ]

1) Submarine fire.

2) A Brāhmaṇa; तस्मै वाडवाय प्रचुरतरं धनं दत्त्वा (tasmai vāḍavāya pracurataraṃ dhanaṃ dattvā) Daśakumāracarita 1.5.

3) A stud-horse.

4) Name of a grammarian.

-vaḥ, -vam The lower world.

-vam 1 A stud or collection of mares.

2) A particular मुहूर्त (muhūrta).

3) A kind of coitus.

Derivable forms: vāḍavaḥ (वाडवः).

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

Vaḍavā (वडवा).—see baḍavā.

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Vāḍava (वाडव).—see bāḍava.

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

Vāḍava (वाडव).—= vāḍaba.

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

1) Vaḍava (वडव):—vaḍabā See vaḍaba, vaḍabā.

2) Vāḍava (वाडव):—See vāḍaba.

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

Vaḍava (वडव):—(vaḥ) 1. m. An elephant.

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

Vaḍavā (वडवा) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Vaḍavā, Vāḍava.

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Vadava 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Vāḍava (वाडव):—(nm) submarine fire; also [vāḍavāgni, vāḍavānala].

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Vaḍavā (वडवा) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Vaḍavā.

2) Vāḍava (वाडव) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vāḍava.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vāḍava (ವಾಡವ):—

1) [noun] = ವಾಡಬ [vadaba].

2) [noun] a shed or building for keeping horse; a stud.

3) [noun] a number of female horses.

4) [noun] a country; a nation.

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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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