Vainavi, Vaiṇavī, Vaiṇavi: 2 definitions

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Vainavi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Vaiṇavi or Vaiṣṇavī is the name of one of the Aṣṭaśakti, or “eight powers” as found depicted in the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai (or Madura), which represents a sacred place for the worship of The Goddess (Devī).—The entrance on the eastern side of the temple leads to the Aṣṭaśakti-maṇḍapa. On the left there are four śakti (powers) [viz., Vaiṇavi]. Vaiṇavi/Vaiṣṇavi is represented standing in samapāda-sthānaka with four hands. The upper two hands are in the kartarīmukha-hasta holding the conch in the left and the discus in the right. The lower right hand is in abhaya (patāka) and the lower left hand is in varada (patāka inverted).

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Vaiṇavī (वैणवी):—[from vaiṇava > vaiṇa] f. (said to be) = vīṇā, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

2) [v.s. ...] bamboo manna, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

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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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