Vayasavidya, Vāyasavidyā, Vayasa-vidya: 5 definitions



Vayasavidya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Vāyasavidyā (वायसविद्या) refers to the “knowledge of birds” and is the name of the nineteenth chapter of the Gārgīyajyotiṣa. It is similar to the 95th chapter of Vārahamihira’s work known as the Bṛhatsaṃhitā. The Gārgīyajyotiṣa is one of the most comprehensive of Garga’s texts and written in the form of a dialogue between Krauṣṭuki (Ṛṣiputra) and Garga discussing astral and other omens, comprising a total of sixty-two chapters (viz., vāyasa-vidyā), known as aṅgas and summarized in the Aṅgasamuddiśa (“enumeration of the divisions”, introductory portion).

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vāyasavidyā (वायसविद्या).—The art of making the crow tell the past and foretell the future. (For further details see under Kālakavṛkṣika).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vayasavidya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vāyasavidyā (वायसविद्या).—the science of (augury from observing) crows; Bṛ. S.

Vāyasavidyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vāyasa and vidyā (विद्या).

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

Vāyasavidyā (वायसविद्या):—[=vāyasa-vidyā] [from vāyasa] f. ‘the science of (augury from observing) crows’, Name of a [chapter] of [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Vāyasavidyā (वायसविद्या):—f. Krähenauguralkunde, Bez. des [95ten] Adhy. in [Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. 2] [?(S. 7, Z. 2). 107, 11. 36.] Davon adj. vāyasavidyika sich damit beschäftigend, damit vertraut [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 4, 2, 60, Vārttika von Kātyāyana. 3, Scholiast]

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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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