Vaha, aka: Vāhā, Vāha; 6 Definition(s)

Introduction

Vaha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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

1a) Vāhā (वाहा).—A river of the Ketumālā continent.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 44. 20.

1b) A Janapada of the Ketumālā continent.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 44. 13.
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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

The name of Elaras state horse, stolen by Velusumana. MT. 440.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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India history and geogprahy

Vaha (वह) refers to a name-ending for place-names according to Pāṇini IV.2.122. Pāṇini also cautions his readers that the etymological meaning of place-names should not be held authoritative since the name should vanish when the people leave the place who gave their name to it.

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
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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

vāha : (adj.) carrying; leading. (m.) a leader; a cart; a cartload, i.e. 380 dronas; a beast of burden; a torrent.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vaha, (-°) (fr. vah) 1. bringing, carrying, leading Pv. I, 58 (vāri° river=mahānadī PvA. 29); S. I, 103; PvA. 13 (anattha°). Doubtful in hetu-vahe Pv. II, 85, better with v. l. °vaco, expld by sakāraṇa-vacana PvA. 109.—2. a current J. IV, 260 (Gaṅgā°); V, 388 (mahā°).—Cp. vāha. (Page 606)

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Vāha, (adj. -n.) (fr. vah) 1. carrying, leading; a leader, as in sattha° a caravan leader, merchant J. I, 271; Vv 847; 8420; VvA. 337.—2. a cart, vehicle; also cartload Sn. p. 126 (tila°=tila-sakaṭa SnA 476); J. IV, 236 (saṭṭhi°sahassāni 60, 000 cartloads); Miln. 80 (°sataṃ). (Page 611)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vaha (वह).—[vah-kartari ac]

1) Bearing, carrying, supporting &c.

2) The shoulder of an ox.

3) A vehicle or conveyance in general.

4) Particularly, a horse; दर्शनस्पर्शनवहो घ्राणश्रवणवाहनः (darśanasparśanavaho ghrāṇaśravaṇavāhanaḥ) Mb.12.236.1.

5) Air, wind.

6) A way, road.

7) A male river (nada).

8) A measure of four Droṇas.

9) A current, stream.

1) The breathing of a cow.

-hā a river, stream.

Derivable forms: vahaḥ (वहः).

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Vāha (वाह).—a. [vah-ghañ] Bearing, carrying &c. (at the end of comp.); as in अम्बुवाह, तोयवाह (ambuvāha, toyavāha) &c.

-haḥ 1 Carrying, bearing.

2) A porter.

3) A draught-animal, a beast of burden.

4) A horse; अभ्यभूयत वाहानां चरतां गात्रशिञ्जितैः (abhyabhūyata vāhānāṃ caratāṃ gātraśiñjitaiḥ) R.4.56;5.73;14.52.

5) A bull; शतं वाहसहस्राणां तण्डुलानां वपुष्मताम् (śataṃ vāhasahasrāṇāṃ taṇḍulānāṃ vapuṣmatām) Rām.7.91.19; खे खेलगामी तमुवाह वाहः (khe khelagāmī tamuvāha vāhaḥ) Ku.7.49.

6) A buffalo.

7) A carriage, conveyance in general.

8) The arm.

9) Air, wind.

1) Obtainment (prāpaṇa); बहुकारं च सस्यानां वाह्ये वाहो गंवां तथा (bahukāraṃ ca sasyānāṃ vāhye vāho gaṃvāṃ tathā) Mb. 12.193.21.

11) A measure equal to ten Kumbhas or four Bhāras; वाहो भारचतुष्टयम् (vāho bhāracatuṣṭayam).

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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