Vadi, aka: Vādi, Vādī; 11 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Vādī (वादी).—A son of emperor Pṛthu. Pṛthu had two righteous sons called Antardhāna and Vādī. A son named Havirdhāna was born to Antardhāna by Śikhandinī. Dhiṣaṇā born in the dynasty of Agni became the wife of Havirdhāna. Six sons named Prācīnabarhis, Śukra, Gaya, Kṛṣṇa, Vraja and Ajina were born to the couple. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Aṃśa 1, Chapter 14).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Vādi (वादि).—A son of Pṛthu.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 14. 1.
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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Vādī (वादी, “sonant”) is an alternative spelling for vādin, which refers to one of the four classes of musical notes (svara), according to the Nāṭyaśāstrahapter chapter 28. Accordingly, “that which is an aṃśa-svara (‘chief-note’) anywhere, will in this connexion, be called there Sonant (vādin)”. The sonant note is the melodic centre of the melody.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Vādī (वादी, “sonant”).—“The sonant (vādī) is the king of notes”. (Saṅgītamakaranda 2.7) Besides the tonic (the Sa), always fixed, each rāga has a predominant note from which all variations begin and in which they end: it is always accentuated and bears long pauses. This main note is called vādī (that which speaks). The expression of the vādī is the predominant expression of the rāga: itscharacter determines the mood.

“The chief element in which the power lies of bringing out a particular mood, a rāga, is the sonant (vādī)”. (Saṅgītadarpaṇa 1.68)

“The sonant (vādī) is the note most used while playing; itis the king (of the melody)”. (Rāgavibodha 1.37) The commentary on the Rāgavibodha adds: “the sonant (vādī), being constantly heard, dominates the melody. Because it explains and heralds the mode, it is called vādī (that which speaks)”.

Source: Northern Indian Music Volume I
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Vādi (वादि).—Roots headed by वा () and similar to वा (). Really there is no class of roots headed by वा () given anywhere but in the interpretation of the rule भूवादयो धातवः (bhūvādayo dhātavaḥ) it is suggested that ' the roots which are similar to वा () are termed roots (धातु (dhātu))' could also be the interpretation of the rule; cf. भ्वादय इति च वादय इति (bhvādaya iti ca vādaya iti) M.Bh. on P. I. 3. l . Vart. 11.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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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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India history and geogprahy

Vāḍī (वाडी) refers to an “administrative designation”.—In the Kanarese areas and certain contiguous tracts we meet with the term vāḍī (e.g. Gaṅga-vāḍī, Noḷamba-vāḍī, Naḷa-vāḍī, Māsa-vāḍī, Sinda-vāḍī).

Source: Early History Of The Deccan Pts.1 To 6: Principal Administrative Divisions from the Rise of the Sātavāhanas

Vadi or Padi is one of the terms designating an ‘administrative division’ used in the inscriptions of Andhra Pradesh.—Padi is variously understood as a military camp, hamlet, quarters and district. In the sense of a large district or territory this appellation was employed by the Cholas. But at the time of the Early Pallavas padi was meant for a small division like Nadattapati. For the Cholas Perumbanapadi was an extensive sub-division of Jayangondasola-mandalam. The appellation vadi seems to be a variant of padi. Some of the known vadi divisons, also under the Cholas, are Kandravadi, Noyyana-vadi, Odda-vadi and natavadi.

Source: Shodhganga: A study of place names of Nalgonda district
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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

Pali-English dictionary

vadi : (aor. of vadati) spoke; said; told. || vādī (m.) one who disputes or preaches some doctrine; speaking of.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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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

vaḍī (वडी).—f (vaṭī S) A cake or pat; a small flattish lump (of dough or bread, of butter, soap, kneaded cowdung, of cotton to be steeped in a dye &c. &c.) 2 Cowdung strewn (as over a layer of loppings in field-burning, or over a place generally, that it may dry and be fit for fuel).

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vāḍī (वाडी).—f (vāṭī S) An enclosed piece of meaand keepers. dow-field or garden-ground; an enclosure, a close, a paddock, a pingle. 2 A cluster of huts of agriculturists, a hamlet. Hence (as the villages of the Konkan̤ are mostly composed of distinct clusters of houses) a distinct portion of a straggling village. 3 A division of the suburban portion of a city.

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vāḍī (वाडी).—f R (vāḍhaṇēṃ) A dish of dressed food placed as an offering to the piśāca or evil spirits.

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vādī (वादी).—m (S) A disputant, an opponent in argument. 2 In law. A plaintiff or complainant. 3 Amongst the common people. An enemy.

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vādī (वादी).—a (S) Disputatious, argumentative, one fond of or skilful in argumentation. 2 That maintains or asserts any particular system of doctrines or dogmata. Esp. in comp. as dvaitavādī, advaita- vādī, karmavādī, svabhāvavādī. 3 S That speaks, discourses, talks. 4 In music. That leads; that is the leading or key note.

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vādī (वादी).—f (vārddhī S) A strap of leather, a thong, wang, the leash of a sandal &c.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vaḍī (वडी).—f A cake or pat.

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vāḍī (वाडी).—f An enclosed piece of meadowfield. A hamlet.

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vādī (वादी).—m A disputant; a plaintiff. An enemy. f A thong. a Disputations.

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

Vadi (वदि).—ind. In the dark half (of a lunar month); as in ज्येष्ठवदि (jyeṣṭhavadi) (opp. sudi).

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Vādi (वादि).—a.

1) Wise, learned, skilful.

2) Speaking.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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