Vahana, aka: Vāhana; 11 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Vāhana (वाहन).—(conveyance) To know about the conveyances of Rudra, Yama and so on, see under Jaladhi.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Vāhana (वाहन).—A pupil of Kṛta.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 51.

1b) Different riding animals used by warriors in the battlefield described.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 22. 15-18.
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)

One of the three palaces of Sikhi Buddha before his Renunciation. Bu.xxi.16; but BuA. (p. 201) calls it Narivasabha.

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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Vāhana (वाहन) is the twenty-sixth of sixty digits (decimal place) in an special enumeration system mentioned by Vasubandhu in his Abhidharmakośa (“treasury of knowledge”). The explanations of the measure of years, eons, and so forth must be comprehended through calculation based on a numerical system. Enumeration begins from one and increases by a factor of ten for each shift in decimal place. The sixtieth number in this series is called “countless”.

Among these decimal positions (eg., vāhana), the first nine positions from one to one hundred million are called ‘single set enumeration’. From a billion up to, but not including countless is “the enumeration of the great companion” and is called the ‘recurring enumeration’.

Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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vahana : (nt.) carrying; bearing; flowing. || vāhana (nt.), a vehicle.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vahana, (adj. nt.) (fr. vah) 1. carrying VvA. 316; DhA. III, 472 (dhura°).—2. a current J. IV, 260. (Page 606)

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Vāhana, (fr. vāheti) 1. (adj.) carrying, pulling, drawing Vin. II, 122 (udaka°-rajju); J. I, 136 (kaṭṭha° gathering fire-wood); PvA. 127 (ratha-yuga°).—2. (nt.) conveyance, beast of burden, monture Vin. I, 277 (°āgāra stable, garage); Sn. 442 (Māra sa° with his elephant); Pv. II, 926; DhA. I, 192 (hatthi°, elephant-mount; cp. p. 196, where five. vāhanāni, belonging to King Pajjota, are enumd, viz. kaṇeru, dāsa, dve assā, hatthi).—bala° army & elephants, i.e. army in general, forces J. I, 262. (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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Marathi-English dictionary

vahana (वहन).—n (S) A vehicle or means of conveyance in general. 2 Carrying or conveying.

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vahāṇa (वहाण).—f (vāhaṇēṃ) Stream, current, flow. 2 A stream or brook. 3 A sandal. Pr.pāyāñcī va0 pāyīṃ asāvī Let every (person or thing) be in its proper sphere or place; ne sutor ultra crepidam.

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vāhana (वाहन).—n C A stone-mortar, esp. as fixed in the ground.

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vāhana (वाहन).—n (S) A vehicle or means of conveyance generally. Ex. of comp. garuḍavāhana, naravāhana, ākhuvāhana, aśvavāhana.

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vāhāṇa (वाहाण).—f (Better vahāṇa) Stream or current. 2 A sandal. v bhara.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vahana (वहन).—n A vehicle. Carrying.

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vahāṇa (वहाण).—f Stream; a brook. A sandal. pāyāñcī vahāṇa pāyīṃ asāvī Let every person (or thing) be in its proper sphere or place.

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vāhaṇa (वाहण) [-ṇī, -णी].—f Stream. The carrying of a reaped field.

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vāhana (वाहन).—n A vehicle. A stone-mortar.

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

Vahana (वहन).—[vah-lyuṭ]

1) Carrying, bearing, conveying.

2) Supporting.

3) Flowing.

4) A vehicle, conveyance.

5) A boat, raft.

6) The undermost part of a column.

Derivable forms: vahanam (वहनम्).

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Vāhana (वाहन).—[vāhayati vah-ṇic lyu lyuṭ vā]

1) Bearing, carrying, conveying.

2) Driving (as a horse).

3) A vehicle, conveyance of any kind; Ms.7.75; निजानुजेनातिथितामुपेतः प्राचीपतेर्वाहनवारणेन (nijānujenātithitāmupetaḥ prācīpatervāhanavāraṇena) N.22.45.

4) An animal used in riding or draught, as a horse; स दुष्प्रापयशाः प्रापदाश्रमं श्रान्त- वाहनः (sa duṣprāpayaśāḥ prāpadāśramaṃ śrānta- vāhanaḥ) R.1.48;9.25,6.

5) An elephant.

5) An oar; अस्य वाहनसंयुक्तां (asya vāhanasaṃyuktāṃ) ... नावमुपाहर (nāvamupāhara) Rām.2.52.6.

-nā An army; वाहनाजनि (vāhanājani) Śi.19.33.

Derivable forms: vāhanam (वाहनम्).

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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