Vanavasa, aka: Vanavāsa, Vana-vasa; 5 Definition(s)


Vanavasa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A district, probably Northern Kanara, in South India. After the Third Council, Rakkhita Thera was sent there to convert the people, and he preached the Anamatagga Samyutta poised in mid air. It is said that sixty thousand persons embraced the faith, thirty seven thousand joined the Order, while fifty viharas were established in the country.

Mhv.xii.4, 30f.; Sp.i.63 66; Dpv.viii.6. The Vanavasi are mentioned in the Mahabharata (6. 366) and the Harivamsa (5232) as a people of S. India. The Sas (p.12) also mentions a county called Vanavasi, which, however, is the country round Prome in Lower Burma.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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vanavāsa (वनवास).—m (S) Dwelling in a forest or wood. 2 A wild, wandering, unsettled manner of life. va0 āṇaṇēṃ acc. of o. To drive from house and home (through oppressive and harassing treatment); to force to flee to the jungle. vanavāsa is used in the sense of the vulgar corruption yavanāsa, Exceeding worry or harass.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vanavāsa (वनवास).—m Dwelling in a forest. A wild, wandering, unsettled manner of life. व?B āṇaṇēṃ Force to flee to the jungle; drive from home.

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vāṇavasā (वाणवसा).—m A general term for the vows and religious obligations imposed upon themselves by women.

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

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Vanavāsa (वनवास).—

1) living in a wood, residence in a forest; अनुमतगमना शकुन्तला तरुभिरियं वनवास- बन्धुभिः (anumatagamanā śakuntalā tarubhiriyaṃ vanavāsa- bandhubhiḥ) Ś.4.1.

2) a wild or nomadic life.

3) a forestdweller, a forester.

Derivable forms: vanavāsaḥ (वनवासः).

Vanavāsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vana and vāsa (वास).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vanavāsa (वनवास).—m.

(-saḥ) Living in the woods, as a hermit, &c. E. vana, vāsa abode.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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