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Soul of Light
01 January 2016, 10:29 AM
Namaste all!
Does anyone know the meaning of parva? I know in Mahabharata there are parvas like chapters..
But is it indicate some time?
Asking this because someone tell me that I have to wait for 10 parvas. And I didn't understand how much time it is?

01 January 2016, 08:02 PM
hariḥ oṁ

we look at parva as parvan ... a very useful word as it has multiple meanings.
Parvan can mean ( and is defined as) a knot or a joint, also a limb. So we can see its application as it is also defined
as a division ( as in a book, chapters) like a break , pause or section.

Since it is a ~ division~ then using it to mean a period of time is also possible. So here is where it gets sticky,
note the following definitions offered for time:

a half-month (24 in a year)

the day of the moon's passing the node at its opposition or conjunction

the days of the 4 changes of the moon (i.e. the full and change of the moon and the 8th and 14th of each half-month)

the moment of the sun's entering a new sign ( this is rarely used in jyotish)

a moment , instant

So, parvan as a knot can also be called kanda and this term is used for various sections of books.
Now some may argue/offer parvaṇa as another term. This is possible but not the same definitions are applied.

iti śivaṁ

Soul of Light
03 January 2016, 03:33 AM
My apologies for late reply.. But it really helps me.. Thank you yajvan Ji for describing very deeply...