Vari, aka: Vāri; 12 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Vāri (वारि) is another name for Balāka, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Pavonia odorata (fragement mallow plant), from the Malvaceae family. It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Varī (वरी).—An eternal God concerned with offerings to the manes. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 91, Stanza 33).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Vāri (वारि).—A transformation of tejas or fire; has four qualities, sound, touch, form and taste (rasa).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 3. 25.
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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Varī (वरी).—Feminine form of the affix वनिप् (vanip); e. g. ऋतावरी, शर्वरी (ṛtāvarī, śarvarī); etc.; cf. वनो र श्च (vano ra śca) P. IV. 1.7.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Vari refers to a “kind of masquerade dance” and represents one of the seven types of kuttu (dance) as defined in the the first book of the Pañcamarapu which deals with niruttam (dance, one of the sixty–four arts).—The Pañcamarapu (“five-fold traditional usage”) represents an important piece of Tamil literature and was composed by Cerai Aṟivanār in the 9th century AD during the time of Pandyan Tirumaran of the last Caṅkam Period.

2) Vari means “acting” of which eight kind of dances are mentioned in the Venirkkāṭai which is a chapter of the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—The eighth canto of Venirkkāṭai describes the envakai-varikal (eight kinds of dancing). Vari means acting. It depicts the nature of the land each one was born in and the profession according to their birth. This vari is of eight types. They are also classified as the eight varikkūttu of the dramatic features. Separated from Kovalan, Madavi sends through her friend a letter calling him back. Kovalan thinks of the eight types of varikkūttu she once danced. It is known from Cilappatikāram that Madavi had danced these eight varikkūttu, following their context, in front of Kovalan. But the complete dance features of these eight vari are not known. Yet, it is believed that these dances had been performed with music and rhythm and full of expressions in order to appease Kovalan’s anger.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)
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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).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

vāri : (nt.) water.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vāri, (nt.) (Vedic vāri, cp. Av. vār rain, vairi- sea; Lat. ūrīna=urine; Ags. waer sea; Oicel. ūr spray, etc. ) water D. II, 266; M. III, 300; A. III, 26 (in lotus simile); Th. 1, 1273; Sn. 353, 591, 625, 811; Vv 7910; J. IV, 19; Nd1 135, 203 (=udaka); Miln. 121; PvA. 77.

—gocara living or life (lit. feeding) in water Sn. 605. —ja “water-born, ” i.e. (1) a lotus Sn. 845, cp. Nd1 203;— (2) a fish Dh. 34 (=maccha DhA. I, 289); J. V, 464 (=Ānanda-maccha C.), 507. —da “water-giver, ” i.e. cloud Dāvs III, 40. —dhara water-holder, water jug J. V, 4. —bindu a drop of water Sn. 392. —vāha “watercarrier, ” i.e. cloud A. II, 56; III, 53; S. V, 400; J. VI, 26, 543, 569; Kh VII. 8.—vārita, —yuta, —dhuta, —phuṭa (Jain practice) D. I, 57; M. I, 377. (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

varī (वरी).—f A grass bearing a grain: also the grain, Coix barbata.

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varī (वरी).—prep & ad Used in poetry for vara, under which see the applications in detail.

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vārī (वारी).—f (vāra A day.) The practice or observance of proceeding regularly at recurring monthly or annual periods on pilgrimage to any sacred place. v dhara. Ex. paṇḍharīcā vārakarī || vārī cukōṃ- nēdī harī ||. 2 Alms demanded in the name of khaṇḍōbā, bhavānī &c. by their worshipers. 3 (Poetry.) Room, space.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

varī (वरी).—f The grain. Coix barbata.

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vārī (वारी).—f A periodical pilgrimage to a sacred place.

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

Varī (वरी).—

1) Name of Chhāyā, wife of the sun.

2) The plant called शतावरी (śatāvarī).

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Vāri (वारि).—n. [vṛ-iñ Uṇ. 4.124]

1) Water; यथा खनन् खनित्रेण नरो वार्यधिगच्छति (yathā khanan khanitreṇa naro vāryadhigacchati) Subhāṣ.

2) A fluid.

3) A kind of perfume (vāla or hrīvera).

-riḥ, -rī f.

1) A place for fastening an elephant; वारी वारैः सस्मरे वारणानाम् (vārī vāraiḥ sasmare vāraṇānām) Śi.18. 56; R.5.15. °कर्मन् (karman) n. method of catching elephants with traps; Mātaṅga L.1.1.

2) A rope for fastening an elephant.

3) A hole or trap for catching elephants.

4) A captive, prisoner.

5) A water-pot.

6) Name of Sarasvatī.

7) Speech.

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Vārī (वारी).—See वारि (vāri) (f.).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vāri (वारि).—n. (-ri) 1. Water. 2. A vegetable perfume, commonly Bala. f.

(-riḥ) 1. A name of Saraswati; the goddess of speech. 2. The place where an elephant is tied or fastened. 3. A captive, a prisoner. f. (-riḥ or ) 1. A water-pot, whether large or small, pitcher, a jar. 2. The rope that fastens an elephant. 3. A hole or trap for catching elephant. E. vṛñ to surround, Unadi aff. in .

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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