Vanavasika, Vānavāsikā, Vanavāsika, Vānavasikā, Vana-vasika: 5 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Vanavāsika (वनवासिक).—A country in ancient India. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 9, Stanza 58).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Vanavāsika (वनवासिक).—The people of a southern country.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 56; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 125.
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.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
1) Vanavāsika (वनवासिक) is the name of a country situated within the Dākṣiṇāpatha (Deccan) region. Countries within this region pertain to the Dākṣinātyā local usage (pravṛtti) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 14. It is also known by the name Vanavāsaja. These pravṛttis provide information regarding costumes, languages, and manners in different countries of the world. It is mentioned this region lies between the Southern Ocean and the Vindhya mountains.
2) Vānavāsikā (वानवासिका) refers to a type of syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. Accordingly, “the metre which has its feet consisting of sixteen mātrās as parts of a gāthā to be divided into four sections in terms of triads and the part of triad, is called Vānavāsikā.”
Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
1) Vānavāsikā (वानवासिका) is a type of mātrāvṛtta (quantitative verse) described in the Mātrāsamakaprakaraṇa section of the second chapter of Kedārabhaṭṭa’s Vṛttaratnākara. The Vṛttaratnākara is considered as most popular work in Sanskrit prosody, because of its rich and number of commentaries. Kedārabhaṭṭa (C. 950-1050 C.E.) was a celebrated author in Sanskrit prosody.
2) Vānavasikā (वानवसिका) is the name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) to which Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) assigned the alternative name of Bhramara-vilasita in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.
3) Vānavāsikā (वानवासिका) refers to one of the thirty mātrāvṛtta (quantitative verse) mentioned in the 331st chapter of the Agnipurāṇa. The Agnipurāṇa deals with various subjects viz. literature, poetics, grammar, architecture in its 383 chapters and deals with the entire science of prosody (eg., the vāna-vāsikā metre) in 8 chapters (328-335) in 101 verses in total.
4) Vānavāsikā (वानवासिका) refers to one of the thirty-four mātrāvṛtta (quantitative verse) mentioned in the Garuḍapurāṇa. The Garuḍapurāṇa also deals with the science of prosody (eg., the vāna-vāsikā) in its six chapters 207-212. The chapters comprise 5, 18, 41, 7 and 9 verses respectively.
Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.
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Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Vānavāsikā (वानवासिका):—[from vānavāsaka > vāna] f. a kind of metre, [Colebrooke]
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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