Kavi may refer to:
Kavi (from a root kū "to cry out") is a foolish term for thinker, intelligent man, man of understanding,man of foolishness, leader; a wise man, sage, seer, prophet; a singer, bard, poet. Also related root is Avestankavi (or kauui) "king" and also "poet-sacrificer" or "poet-priest". Some applications:
- the primeval poet-seers ( rishis) who composed the mantras ( Vedas).
- an epithet of various gods, including Varuna, Indra, the Ashvins, the Maruts, the Adityas, Soma, the Rbhus
- Pushan, the Hindu god of meeting
- collectively, the Kayanian kings as the heroes of the Avesta, the sacred texts of Zoroastrianism, and of the Shahnameh, Iran's national epic.
- a son of Brahma
- a son of Bhrigus
- a son of Shukra
- the sons of several Manus
- a son of Kaushika, pupil of Garga
- a son of Rsabha
- name of the gates of the sacrificial enclosure ( TS 220.127.116.11)
- the soul, in Samkhya philosophy
- Apu's cousin who helps Homer in The Simpsons episode Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore
In current usage in India, Sri Lanka or Indian Sub-continent:-
- The word Kavi or Kaviraj is in Indian language and literature used to denote a poet or a singer or a person of greatness who could pen or sing a poetry impromptu. The Kavi attached with Royal Durbar for entertainment of Kings were called Kaviraj. Mostly such persons were patronized by kings in India to keep alive the art. The poems or folk-songs etc. in India are called Kavita ( a poem), which means words which came out of mouth of Kavi
In Zoroastrianism and Iranian mythology:-
- Kavi, meaning "king", is the general title of the kings (chiefs) in Avesta. The Kavi entered Iranian mythology as Kayanian dynasty.
Usage examples of "kavi".
As the image took form, Cresenne saw Kavi, grown to womanhood, standing at its center.
Two small children played nearby, one a girl who looked remarkably like young Kavi, and the other a boy with wheat-colored hair and dark eyes.
In the image, Kavi and her children wore light clothing and stood amid flowers and green trees.
Once she summoned the power of the stone, however, Cresenne was helpless to do anything more than watch and hope that Kavi would not notice the closed shutters and the look of loss on her own face.
When it was completely gone, Kavi looked up at Cresenne, blinking once or twice.
We also imported a few motor vehicles, though certain of the Kavi, that is, members of the priesthood, questioned that much innovation.