Vindhyatavi, Vindhyāṭavī, Vindhya-atavi: 7 definitions


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India history and geography

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Vindhyāṭavī (विन्ध्याटवी) or Mahākāntāra is a place-name classified as a aṭavī (forest) and mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Vindhyāṭavī appears in one of the verses, quoted from ancient Smṛtis or the Mahābhārata asking people to honour land grants. In the present case it is said that a man who violates the grant is born in the Vindhya forest as a serpent and resides in the dry hollow of a tree. Vindhya forest is the belt of forest at the foot of the Vindhya mountain.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Vindhyāṭavī (विन्ध्याटवी) (in Pali Viñjhāṭavi) is the name of a forest situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—There is a reference to the Vindhya forest [Vindhyāṭavī or Viñjhāṭavi] in the Dīpavaṃsa. Ariṭṭha, one of the ministers of Devanāmpiyatissa, who had been sent by the Ceylonese King to Asoka, King of Magadha, for a branch of the Bodhi Tree, had to go through the Vindhya forest while going to Pāṭaliputra. Viñjhāṭavi comprises portions of Khandesh and Auraṅgabad, which lie on the south of the western extremity of the Vindhya range, including Nasik. The forest, therefore, should, strictly speaking, be located in the Dakkhiṇāpatha.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vindhyāṭavī (विन्ध्याटवी).—the great Vindhya forest.

Vindhyāṭavī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vindhya and aṭavī (अटवी).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vindhyāṭavī (विन्ध्याटवी).—f. (-vī) The great Vind'hya forest, which appears to have spread at one time from near Mathura to the Narmada. E. vindhya and aṭavī a forest.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vindhyāṭavī (विन्ध्याटवी).—[feminine] = vindhyavana.

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

Vindhyāṭavī (विन्ध्याटवी):—[from vindhya] f. a forest in the Vindhya, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Kathāsaritsāgara etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vindhyāṭavī (विन्ध्याटवी):—[vindhyā+ṭavī] (vī) 3. f. vindhya forest.

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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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