Vibhasha, aka: Vibhāṣā, Vibhāsa, Vibhasa, Vibhāsā; 6 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Vibhāṣā can be transliterated into English as Vibhasa or Vibhasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Vibhāṣā (विभाषा).—Optionally, alternatively; the word is explained by Pāṇini as नवा (navā) in the rule न वेति विभाषा (na veti vibhāṣā) (P.I.1.44)in consonance with its derivation from the root भाष् (bhāṣ) with वि (vi); cf. नेति प्रतिषेधे वेति विकल्पस्तयोः प्रतिषेधविकल्पयो-र्विभाषेत्ति संज्ञा भवति । विभाषाप्रदेशेषु प्रतिषेधवि-कल्पावुपतिष्ठते । तत्र प्रतिषेधेन समीकृते विषये प्रश्चाद्विकल्पः प्रवर्तते (neti pratiṣedhe veti vikalpastayoḥ pratiṣedhavikalpayo-rvibhāṣetti saṃjñā bhavati | vibhāṣāpradeśeṣu pratiṣedhavi-kalpāvupatiṣṭhate | tatra pratiṣedhena samīkṛte viṣaye praścādvikalpaḥ pravartate). The option (विभाषा (vibhāṣā)) is further divided into three kind प्राप्ते विभाषा, अप्राप्ते विभाषा (prāpte vibhāṣā, aprāpte vibhāṣā) and उभयत्र विभाषा (ubhayatra vibhāṣā). For details see Mahābhāṣya on P. I.1.44.

(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.


1a) Vibhāsa (विभास).—A Yāmadeva.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 13. 92; Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 6.

1b) A Vaṃśavartin god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 30.

1c) One of the twenty Amitābha gaṇas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 16.
(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.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Vibhāṣā is a term meaning 'compendium', 'treatise' or simply 'explanation', derived from vi + √bhaṣ, 'to speak' or 'to explain'.

Also see: Mahāvibhāṣa;

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

vibhāṣā (विभाषा).—f S An alternative.

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vibhāsa (विभास).—m S A Rag or musical mode. See rāga.

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

vibhaṣa (विभष).—m Grandeur, glory, majesty.

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vibhāṣā (विभाषा).—f Alternative.

(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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vibhāṣā (विभाषा).—

1) An option, alternative.

2) Optionality of a rule.

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Vibhāsā (विभासा).—Light, lustre.

(Source): DDSA: The practical 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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