Vedavati, Vedavatī: 5 definitions


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Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Vedavatī (वेदवती).—Name of a river originating from Pāriyātra, a holy mountain (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vedavatī (वेदवती).—(DEVAVATĪ). A previous birth of Sītā. (See under Sītā).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vedavatī (वेदवती).—A river from the Pāriyātra hill.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 27; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 97.

1b) An Apsaras (Suranārī); from the veditala of Brahmā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 60.
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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vedavatī (वेदवती).—f. Name of the daughter of King Kuśadhvaja; कृते युगे वेदवती कुशध्वजसुता शुभा । त्रेतायां रामपत्नी सा सीतेति जनकात्मजा (kṛte yuge vedavatī kuśadhvajasutā śubhā | tretāyāṃ rāmapatnī sā sīteti janakātmajā) || Brav. P.

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

1) Vedavatī (वेदवती):—[=veda-vatī] [from veda-vat > veda] f. Name of a river, [Mahābhārata; Purāṇa] (cf. vedasinī, vetasinī)

2) [v.s. ...] of a beautiful woman (daughter of Kuśa-dhvaja, whose story is told in the Rāmāyaṇa; she became an ascetic, and being insulted by Rāvaṇa in the wood where she was performing her penances, destroyed herself by entering fire, but was born again as Sītā or [according to] to other legends, as Draupadī or Lakṣmī), [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of an Apsaras, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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