Vaha, Vāhā, Vāha: 14 definitions

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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 and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vāha (वाह) is the name of a leader of Gaṇas (Gaṇapa or Gaṇeśvara or Gaṇādhipa) who came to Kailāsa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.20. Accordingly, after Śiva decided to become the friend of Kubera:—“[...] The leaders of Gaṇas revered by the whole world and of high fortune arrived there. [...] Kuṇḍin, Vāha and the auspicious Parvataka with twelve crores each, Kāla, Kālaka and Mahākāla each with a hundred crores. [...]”.

These [viz., Vāha] and other leaders of Gaṇas [viz., Gaṇapas] were all powerful (mahābala) and innumerable (asaṃkhyāta). [...] The Gaṇa chiefs and other noble souls of spotless splendour eagerly reached there desirous of seeing Śiva. Reaching the spot they saw Śiva, bowed to and eulogised him.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 44. 20.

1b) A Janapada of the Ketumālā continent.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 44. 13.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Vāha (वाह) refers to a “horse” (in vāhavāha, “riding”), and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 1.66.—Vidyādhara explains vāhavāha as a “horseman”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

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

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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

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

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vaha.—cf. a-vaha (IE 8-5); [free] carrying of loads [which the villagers had to provide for the touring officers of the king or land-lord]; may also be a horse for the use of the officers. (EI 31; IA 18; CII 4), a streamlet; a water-channel. (Ep. Ind., Vol. XIV, p. 177), a common highway. Note: vaha 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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Vāha.—cf. Vāha-nāyaka. Note: vāha 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 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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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, explained 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)

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vāha (वाह).—: [ in (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 343.17 (verse) text corruptly (-ni) vāhas, read vivāhas; see vivāha.]

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

Vaha (वह).—m.

(-haḥ) 1. Bearing, conveying. 2. Any vehicle or means of conveyance, as a horse, a car, &c. 3. The shoulder of an ox. 4. Air, wind. 5. A road, a way. 6. Any male river. 7. A measure of four Dronas. f.

(-hā) A river in general. E. vah to bear, aff. gha .

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Vāha (वाह).—m.

(-haḥ) 1. A horse. 2. A measure of capacity containing ten Kumbhas, or nearly equal to the weight of an English wey or a ton in freight. 3. A bull. 4. Air, wind. 5. The arm. 6. A buffalo. 7. A vehicle, a carriage or conveyance of any kind. 8. A bearer, a porter, a carrier of burthens, &c. 9. Carrying, bearing. E. vah to bear, aff. ghañ .

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

1) Vaha (वह):—[from vah] mf(ā)n. (ifc.) carrying, bearing, conveying, bringing, causing, producing, effecting (cf. gandha-, dāru-, puṇya-v etc.)

2) [v.s. ...] flowing through or into or towards (cf. para-loka-v, sarva-loka-v etc.)

3) [v.s. ...] bearing along (said of rivers), [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

4) [v.s. ...] bearing (a name), [Manvarthamuktāvalī, kullūka bhaṭṭa’s Commentary on manu-smṛti on Manu-smṛti iv, 203] (in a quotation)

5) [v.s. ...] exposing one’s self to (heat etc.), [Mahābhārata]

6) [v.s. ...] m. the act of bearing or conveying (cf. dur-, sukha-v)

7) [v.s. ...] the shoulder of an ox or any draught animal, [Atharva-veda; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata]

8) [v.s. ...] the shoulder-piece of a yoke, [Atharva-veda; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

9) [v.s. ...] a horse, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] a male river, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) [v.s. ...] a road, way, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

12) [v.s. ...] wind, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

13) [v.s. ...] the breathing of a cow, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) [v.s. ...] a weight or measure of four Droṇas, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

15) Vahā (वहा):—[from vaha > vah] f. a river, stream in general, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

16) Vāha (वाह):—[from vāh] mf(ā)n. (ifc.) bearing, drawing, conveying, carrying, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

17) [v.s. ...] flowing, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

18) [v.s. ...] undergoing, [Mahābhārata]

19) [v.s. ...] m. the act of drawing etc., [Mahābhārata; Hitopadeśa]

20) [v.s. ...] riding, driving, [Śārṅgadhara-paddhati]

21) [v.s. ...] flowing, current, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

22) [v.s. ...] a draught-animal, horse, bull, ass, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

23) [v.s. ...] any vehicle, carriage, conveyance, car (ifc. = having anything as a vehicle, riding or driving on or in), [Śvetāśvatara-upaniṣad; Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

24) [v.s. ...] a bearer, porter, carrier of burdens etc., [Horace H. Wilson]

25) [v.s. ...] air, wind, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

26) [v.s. ...] a measure of capacity (containing 10 Kumbhas or 2 Prasthas), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

27) [v.s. ...] the arm, [Horace H. Wilson]

28) [v.s. ...] a figurative Name of the Veda, [Kuvalayānanda]

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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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