Vaishvadeva, Vaiśvadeva: 17 definitions


Vaishvadeva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Vaiśvadeva can be transliterated into English as Vaisvadeva or Vaishvadeva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव) is the name of a Nakṣatra mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa verse 707. As regards the heavenly bodies, the Nīlamata refers to the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars. The divisions of the time are also mentioned as objects of worship.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव).—A sacrifice. It is mentioned in Devī Bhāgavata, Skandha 11, that a brahmin should perform this sacrifice to protect himself from hurts caused by oven, threshing stone, axe, cutting knife, and other weapons. This sacrifice could be performed in a cavity for kindling fire on the floor besmeared with cowdung and mud. It should not be done in an ordinary oven meant for cooking, in iron oven, in earthernware or on ordinary floor. As all the deities are having faces of fire, the sacrificial fire should not be kindled by fanning the flame with hand, winnow, hide of black antelope or cloth. By fanning the flame with cloth, the sacrificer will contract disease; by winnowing he would sustain loss of wealth; and death, by fanning with hand. Plums, fruits, roots, curd, ghee etc. could be used as burnt offerings. When these are not available, firewood, roots of herbs, grass etc. could be used instead. Things to be offered as burnt-offerings should be purified, first by sprinkling ghee on them. In the absence of ghee, milk, curd and water may be used. Using things which are unfit as burnt-offerings will invite bad results.

In Vaiśvadeva-sacrifice, half-burnt firewood used in cooking, should never be used. So also salts of any kind. After finishing Vaiśvadeva, Gogrāsa (giving rice to cow) also should be done.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव).—Agni also known as Brāhmaṇa chaṃsi.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 29; Vāyu-purāṇa 62. 137.

1b) A muhūrta of the afternoon.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 39; Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 40.

1c) Is a homa, generally before the principal meals of the day;1 food to Vāstu follows this;2 done in evenings also.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 14. 5; Matsya-purāṇa 16. 55; 17. 61; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 15. 9; III. 11. 47-57.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 252. 17;
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 11. 105; 15. 16 and 50.
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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव) refers to one of the seven Pākasaṃsthās or Pākayajñas (groups of seven sacrifices).—Hārīta says: “Let a man offer the Pākayajñas always, always also the Haviryajñas, and the Somayajñas (Soma sacrifices), according to rule, if he wishes for eternal merit”.—The object of these sacrifices [viz., Vaiśvadeva] is eternal happiness, and hence they have to be performed during life at certain seasons, without any special occasion (nimitta), and without any special object (kāma). According to most authorities, however, they have to be performed during thirty years only. After that the Agnihotra only has to be kept up.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vaiśvadeva.—(EI 10, 14, 23; CII 3, 4), offerings to gods; one of the five mahāyajñas; sometimes called vaiśvānara. Note: vaiśvadeva 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 mythology, zoology, 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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vaishvadeva in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vaiśvadēva (वैश्वदेव).—m S A ceremony of the daily course, viz. the casting, before beginning the meal, of a little food into the fire as an offering to agni.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

vaiśvadēva (वैश्वदेव).—m A daily oblation.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vaishvadeva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव).—a. (- f.)

1) Belonging to the Viśvedevas, q. v.; Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.31.8.

-vam [viśvebhyo devebhyo deyo baliḥ aṇ]

1) An offering made to the Viśvedevas.

2) An offering to all deities (made by presenting oblations to fire before meals).

-vī The eighth day of the second half of Māgha.

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

Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव).—mfn.

(-vaḥ-vī-vaṃ) 1. Sacred or dedicated to the Viśwadevas, offered to them, relating to them, &c. 2. Relating to all divinities. n.

(-vaṃ) Offering to all the divinities. f. (-vī) Species of the Pankti metre. E. viśvadeva, and aṇ aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव).—i. e. viśva-deva + a, I. adj. 1. Relating to the Viśvadevas, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 183; dedicated or sacred to them. 2. Relating to all divinities. Ii. n. Offering or sacrifice to all the divinities, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 83, 84; [Pañcatantra] iv. [distich] 2.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव).—([feminine] ī) & devika [adjective] = vaiśva adj.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—śr. B. 1, 236. Oppert. Ii, 4174. Peters. 3, 389.

2) Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव):—śr. Stein 19.

3) Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव):—[dharma] Ak 98. Il. L.. 666.

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

1) Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव):—[from vaiśva] mf(ī)n. ([from] viśva-deva) relating or sacred to all the gods or to the Viśve Devāḥ, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. a [particular] Graha or Soma-vessel, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] a [particular] Ekāha, [Śāṅkhāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

4) [from vaiśva] n. a [particular] Śastra, [Aitareya-brāhmaṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] the first Parvan of the Cāturmāsya, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] (exceptionally m.) Name of a [particular] religious ceremony which ought to be performed morning and evening and especially before the midday meal (it consists in homage paid to the Viśve Devāḥ followed by the bali-haraṇa or offering of small portions of cooked food to all the gods who give the food and especially to the god of fire who cooks the food and bears the offering to heaven), [Āpastamba; Manu-smṛti] etc. (cf. [Religious Thought and Life in India 417])

7) [v.s. ...] Name of [particular] verses or formulas, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

8) [v.s. ...] of various Sāmans, [Ārṣeya-brāhmaṇa]

9) [v.s. ...] the Nakṣatra Uttarāṣāḍhā (cf. under vaiśva), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव):—[vaiśva-deva] (vaḥ-vī-vaṃ) a. Of all divinities, or of the Vishwadevas. n. An offering to them. f. Name of a metre.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Vaiśvadeva (वैश्वदेव) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vaissadeva.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vaishvadeva in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vaiśvadēva (ವೈಶ್ವದೇವ):—[adjective] relating or sacred to all the gods of the universe.

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Vaiśvadēva (ವೈಶ್ವದೇವ):—

1) [noun] any of the gods of the universe.

2) [noun] homage paid to these gods followed by offering of small portions of cooked food to them.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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