Vinayavati, Vinayavatī: 3 definitions

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Introduction:

Vinayavati means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Vinayavati in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Vinayavatī (विनयवती) is the name of a heavenly maiden (divyā-kanyakā), produced inside the fruit of a jambu flower, after Tārāvalī, in the form of a bee, shed a tear on it, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 69. Accordingly, as a Vidyādhara said to Puṣkarākṣa: “... that hermit, who possessed divine insight, when he beheld her, at once knew her true history, and being astonished, took her to his hermitage, and gave her the name of Vinayavatī. Then in course of time she grew up to womanhood in his hermitage...”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vinayavatī, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Vinayavati in Jainism glossary
Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Vinayavati (विनयवति) was the wife of Mahābala: a previous incarnation of Ṛṣabha, according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.—Accordingly, “[...] at the proper time his parents, who knew the proper time, married him [viz., Mahābala] to a maiden Vinayavati, who was the Śrī of modesty embodied. He attained young manhood, which is the sharp weapon of Kāma, magic for young women, the pleasure-grove of Rati”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vinayavati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vinayavatī (विनयवती):—[=vi-naya-vatī] [from vinaya-vat > vi-naya > vi-nī] f. Name of a woman, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Daśakumāra-carita; Pañcatantra]

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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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