Yamavrata, aka: Yama-vrata; 3 Definition(s)
Yamavrata 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Yamavrata (यमव्रत).—Of kings; to punish impartially.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 226. 4.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
1) an observance or vow made to Yama.
2) an impartial punishment (as given by Yama); यथा यमः प्रियद्वेष्यौ प्राप्ते काले नियच्छति । तथा राज्ञा नियन्तव्याः प्रजास्तद् हि यमव्रतम् (yathā yamaḥ priyadveṣyau prāpte kāle niyacchati | tathā rājñā niyantavyāḥ prajāstad hi yamavratam) || Ms.9. 37.
Derivable forms: yamavratam (यमव्रतम्).
Yamavrata is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yama and vrata (व्रत).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-taṃ) One of the duties of royalty, punishing offences without regard to persons, or without partiality or prejudice. E. yama the judge of Tartarus, and vrata observance.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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