Vapi, Vāpī, Vāpi: 21 definitions


Vapi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi. 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

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Vāpī (वापी) refers to “smaller tanks” (reservoirs of water). These should be built by the King on boundary-links between two villages. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (See the Manubhāṣya, verse 8.248)

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vāpī (वापी) refers to “tanks” (of water), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.6.—Accordingly, after the Gods eulogised Goddess Śivā who resided in the womb of Menā:—“[...] The earth consisting of forests, villages and oceans was very auspicious. Lotuses blossomed in lakes, rivers and tanks [i.e., saras-sravantī-vāpī]. O excellent sage, diverse winds gentle to the touch blew; good men rejoiced and bad people became unhappy.. The gods stood in the sky and sounded big drums. A shower of flowers fell. Excellent Gandharvas sang sweet songs. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vāpī (वापी).—The construction of small ponds at the auspicious time; the same prescription for excavating taḍāga (tanks).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 58. 1, 51.

1b) One of the ten pīṭhas for images with two mekhalas.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 262. 6, 8.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vāpī (वापी) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.19). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vāpī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Vāpi (वापि):—Step well water which is well constructed with masonry works, which has stairs to descent inside and fetch the water. also called as Pacca well. Is sweet in taste and light for digestion.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vāpī (वापी) refers to a “pond” or “well” [?], according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] (May) those who are engaged in union (yoga) with the Yoginīs, the adepts (sādhaka) intent on (the observance of the) Rule, the Siddhas, apprentices, teachers and yogis intent on spiritual discipline, (the beings) in the town or village, in the forest, the confluence of rivers, or in a well [i.e., vāpī-kūpa], (at the foot of a) solitary tree or in a cremation ground, the Circle of Mothers and those who are of many forms as well as those who are born of the earth and everyone else, may they, well pleased, always accept the bali”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vāpī.—(EI 13), step-well; an irrigation well; same as vāpikā. (Ep. Ind., Vol. VII, p. 46, note 8), a well with a flight of stairs; cf. kūpa which is an ordinary well. (EI 22), a reservoir of water. Note: vāpī 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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vapi : (aor. of vapati) sowed; shaved. || vāpi (f.) tank; a reservoir for water.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Vāpi, (f.) (cp. Epic & Classic Sk. vāpī) a pond; °jala water from a pond Mhvs 25, 66. (Page 608)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vāpī (वापी) [or वापिका, vāpikā].—f S A well or an oblong reservoir of water, esp. as large and having steps.

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vāpī (वापी).—f (Dim. of vāpā) A small bed or plat of a garden &c.

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

vāpī (वापी).—f A well.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vāpi (वापि) or Vāpī (वापी).—f. [vap-iñ vā ṅīp; Uṇādi-sūtra 4.125] A well, any large oblong or circular reservoir of water; कूप- वापीजलानां च (kūpa- vāpījalānāṃ ca) (haraṇe) शुद्धिश्चान्द्रायणं स्मृतम् (śuddhiścāndrāyaṇaṃ smṛtam) Manusmṛti 11.163; वापी चास्मिन् मरकतशिलाबद्धसोपानमार्गा (vāpī cāsmin marakataśilābaddhasopānamārgā) Meghadūta 78.

Derivable forms: vāpiḥ (वापिः).

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

Vāpi (वापि).—f. (-piḥ or ) A large oblong pond, a pool, a lake. E. vāp to sow seed, (of the lotus, &c.) Unadi aff. and ṅīṣ optionally added.

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

Vāpi (वापि).—vāpī, f. A pond, [Ṛtusaṃhāra] 6, 3 (); [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 91 (); an oblong reservoir of water.

Vāpi can also be spelled as Vāpī (वापी).

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

Vāpī (वापी).—[feminine] an oblong pond.

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

1) Vāpi (वापि):—[from vāpa] f. = vāpī, a pond, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] (cf. [Uṇādi-sūtra iv, 124]).

2) Vāpī (वापी):—[from vāpa] f. any pond (made by scattering or damming up earth), a large oblong pond, an oblong reservoir of water, tank, pool, lake, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc. (cf. krīḍā-v)

3) [v.s. ...] a [particular] constellation, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

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

Vāpi (वापि):—[(piḥ-pī)] 2. 3. f. A large oblong pond, a pool, lake.

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

Vāpi (वापि) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Vāvi, Vāvī.

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Vapi in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Vāpī (वापी):—(nf) a deep well-like reservoir of water.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vāpi (ವಾಪಿ):—

1) [noun] = ವಾಪನ - [vapana -] 1.

2) [noun] an implement used to sow seeds; a sowing machine.

3) [noun] a kind of weapon.

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Vāpi (ವಾಪಿ):—

1) [noun] a hole bored into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, etc; a well.

2) [noun] a shallow pond.

3) [noun] a large oblong pond, reservoir of water or lake.

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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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