Varana, aka: Varaṇa, Vāraṇa, Varanā, Varāṇa; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


[Varana in Purana glossaries]

1) Varaṇā (वरणा).—A river famous in the Purāṇas. It is mentioned in Vāmana Purāṇa that the river Varaṇā which flowed from the right leg and the river Asī, which started from the left leg of Bhagavān, who lies in contemplation at Prayāga, are two holy rivers. (See under Vārāṇasī).

2) Vāraṇa (वारण).—A country in ancient Bhārata. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Udyoga Parva, Chapter 19, Stanza 31, that the army of the Kauravas had surrounded this country.

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

Vāraṇa (वारण).—The heavenly animal which came down for Haryanga's help.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 48. 98.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Varana in Itihasa glossaries]

Vāraṇa (वारण) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. V.19.30, IX.44.95) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vāraṇa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Varana in Theravada glossaries]

A Thera. He was born in a brahmin family of Kosala, and having heard a forest dwelling monk preach, entered the Order. One day, when on his way to visit the Buddha, he saw a fight between snakes and mongooses, in which many of them perished. Distressed by the sight of their hatred for each other, he sought the help of the Buddha, who preached to him three stanzas (Thag.237-9). At the end of the recitation, Varana developed insight and became an arahant.

Ninety two kappas ago he was born in the family of the brahmin Sumedha, and becoming expert in brahmin lore, he entered the ascetic life. As he sat teaching hymns to his pupils there was an earthquake, marking the conception of Tissa Buddha. People, in terror, sought the sage, who explained it to them, thereby himself experiencing great joy in contemplating the glory of the Buddha (ThagA.i.353f).

He is evidently identical with Nimittivyakaraniya of the Apadana. Ap.ii.411f.


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A Cakkavatti of forty one kappas ago, a previous birth of Kusumasaniya (Suyama) Thera. Ap.i.162; ThagA.i.171.

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A city on the banks of the Kaddamadaha, where Aramadanda visited Maha Kaccana. A.i.65; AA.i.322.

(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

Pali-English dictionary

[Varana in Pali glossaries]

varaṇa : (m.) the tree Cartaeva Roxburghii. || vāraṇa (m.), an animal; a kind of eagle. (nt.) warding off; obstruction; resistance.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Varaṇa, (cp. Sk. varaṇa rampart, causeway, wall) the tree Crataeva roxburghii J. I, 222, 317 (°rukkha), 319=DhA. III, 409 (°kaṭṭhabhañja); J. VI, 535. *Varati (vṛ) & der. (“to choose” as well as “to obstruct”) see vuṇāti. (Page 602)

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1) Vāraṇa, 3 (for vāruṇī?) spirituous liquor J. V, 505. (Page 609)

2) Vāraṇa, 2 (cp. Vedic vāraṇa strong) 1. elephant J. I, 358; IV, 137; V, 50, 416; DA. I, 275; DhA. I, 389 (°līḷhā elephant’s grace); VvA. 36, 257.—2. the Hatthilinga bird Th. 1, 1064. (Page 609)

3) Vāraṇa, 1 (nt.) (fr. vṛ to obstruct) warding off, obstruction, resistance VbhA. 194, 195 (=nivāraṇa).—ātapa° sunshade Dāvs. I, 28; V, 35. (Page 609)

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

[Varana in Marathi glossaries]

varaṇa (वरण).—n (varānna S) A highly tasteful dish of pulse.

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varaṇa (वरण).—n (Verbal of varaṇēṃ) Choosing or accepting in marriage. 2 Appointing, designating, selecting for.

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varaṇa (वरण).—m (Corr. from vraṇa) An ulcer.

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varaṇā (वरणा).—m C (varaṇa. It being much used in this dish.) A name for pāvaṭā or Phaseolus radiatus.

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vāraṇa (वारण).—n (S) Turning back or from; prohibiting, opposing, resisting. 2 Warding off, averting. 3 Applied, by the usual figure, to the person, thing, occurrence &c. which obstructs, impedes, prevents (to armor &c., to any obstacle or impediment), and to express the obstructed or prohibited state occasioned by him or it.

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vāraṇa (वारण).—m S An elephant.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

varaṇa (वरण).—n A highly talseful dish of pulse.

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vāraṇa (वारण).—m An elephant. n Warding off; resisting.

(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

[Varana in Sanskrit glossaries]

Varaṇa (वरण).—[vṛ-lyuṭ lyu vā Uṇ.2.71]

1) Choosing, selecting.

2) Begging, soliciting, requesting.

3) Surrounding, encircling.

4) Covering, screening, protecting.

5) The choice of a bride.

6) Worshipping (of priests &c.).

7) Keeping off, prohibiting, warding.

-ṇaḥ 1 A rampart, surrounding wall; वरणः कनकस्य मानिनीं दिवमङ्कादमराद्रि- रागताम् (varaṇaḥ kanakasya māninīṃ divamaṅkādamarādri- rāgatām) ...... उवास (uvāsa) N.2.86.

2) A bridge.

3) The tree called Varuṇa; Rām.2.94.9; see वरुण (varuṇa) (Mar. vāyavarṇā).

4) A tree in general; इह सिन्धवश्च वरणावरणाः करिणां मुदे सनलदानलदाः (iha sindhavaśca varaṇāvaraṇāḥ kariṇāṃ mude sanaladānaladāḥ) Ki.5.25.

5) A camel.

6) A kind of ornament on a bow.

7) Name of Indra.

8) A particular magical formula recited over weapons.

Derivable forms: varaṇam (वरणम्).

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Varāṇa (वराण).—

1) An epithet of Indra.

2) The वरुण (varuṇa) tree.

Derivable forms: varāṇaḥ (वराणः).

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Vāraṇa (वारण).—a. (-ṇī f.) [वृ-ल्यु ल्युट् वा (vṛ-lyu lyuṭ vā)] Warding off, resisting, opposing; मत्तवारणताम्राक्षो मत्तवारणवारणः (mattavāraṇatāmrākṣo mattavāraṇavāraṇaḥ) Mb.3.146. 29.

-ṇam 1 Warding off, restraining, obstructing; न भवति बिसतन्तुर्वारणं वारणानाम् (na bhavati bisatanturvāraṇaṃ vāraṇānām) Bh.2.17.

2) An obstacle, impediment.

3) Resistance, opposition; अलं युद्धेन राजेन्द्र सुहृदां शृणु वारणम् (alaṃ yuddhena rājendra suhṛdāṃ śṛṇu vāraṇam) Mb.5.138.2.

4) A door, gate (kavāṭa); बिडालोलूकचरितामालीननरवारणाम् । तिमिराभ्याहतां कालीमप्रकाशां निशामिव (biḍālolūkacaritāmālīnanaravāraṇām | timirābhyāhatāṃ kālīmaprakāśāṃ niśāmiva) || Rām.2.144.2.

5) Defending, guarding, protecting.

-ṇaḥ 1 An elephant; न भवति बिसन्ततुर्वारणं वारणानाम् (na bhavati bisantaturvāraṇaṃ vāraṇānām) Bh.2.17; Ku.5.7; R.12.93; वारी वारैः सस्मरे वारणानाम् (vārī vāraiḥ sasmare vāraṇānām) Śi.18.56.

2) An armour, mail-coat.

3) The trunk of an elephant; बाहूत्तमैर्वारणवारणाभैर्निवार- यन्तौ परवारणाभौ (bāhūttamairvāraṇavāraṇābhairnivāra- yantau paravāraṇābhau) Rām.6.4.21.

4) An elephant-hook; निशितेन वारणेन वारणं मुहुर्मुहुरभिघ्नन् (niśitena vāraṇena vāraṇaṃ muhurmuhurabhighnan) Dk.2.4.

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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