Abhicara, Abhicāra, Ābhicāra: 10 definitions
Abhicara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.
Alternative spellings of this word include Abhichara.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism
Abhicāra (अभिचार) refers to “black magic” or “witchcraft”.Source: Professor Gudrun Bühnemann: Buddhist Deities and Mantras in the Hindu Tantras
Abhicāra (अभिचार):—The following seven abhicāra rites are listed in the Tantrasārasaṃgraha (cf. also Agni-Purāṇa 306.1) and the Mantrapāda:
- immobilization (stambha),
- causing dissension (vidveṣa),
- eradication (uccāṭa),
- liquidation (māraṇa),
- creating confusion or madness (bhrānti, bhrama),
- destruction (utsādana)
- and creating illness (roga, vyādhi), especially fever.
These rites are briefly defined in the anonymous commentary on the Tantrasārasaṃgraha.
Languages of India and abroad
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
abhicāra (अभिचार).—n S Incantation or magic to destroy or injure.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
abhicāra (अभिचार).—n Incantation or magic employ- ed for malevolent purposes.
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Abhicara (अभिचर).—A follower, servant, attendant.
Derivable forms: abhicaraḥ (अभिचरः).
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1) Exorcising, enchanting, employment of magical spells for malevolent purposes; magic itself (being regarded as one of the Upapātakas or minor sins); दिग्गजैर्दन्दशूकैश्च अभिचारावपातनैः (diggajairdandaśūkaiśca abhicārāvapātanaiḥ) Bhāg 7.5.43; अभिचारेषु सर्वेषु कर्तव्यो द्विशतो दमः (abhicāreṣu sarveṣu kartavyo dviśato damaḥ) Ms.9.29;11.63.197; K.19; ब्रह्मद्विषो ह्येष निहन्ति सर्वानाथर्वणस्तीव्र इवाभिचारः (brahmadviṣo hyeṣa nihanti sarvānātharvaṇastīvra ivābhicāraḥ) Mv. 1.62.
2) Killing गतः क्रियां मन्त्र इवाभिचारिकीम् (gataḥ kriyāṃ mantra ivābhicārikīm) Ki 3.56.
Derivable forms: abhicāraḥ (अभिचारः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-raḥ) A servent. E. abhi after, and cara who goes.
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(-raḥ) Magic for a malevolent purpose, the spells and diagrams of the Atharva Veda and some of the Tantras, pupposed to produce mental aberration, love, hatred, loss of feeling or paralysis, and death. E. abhi before cara to go, and ghañ aff.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Abhicāra (अभिचार).—i. e. abhi-car + a, m. Incantation, making charms for mischievous purposes, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 197.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Abhicāra (अभिचार).—[masculine] incantation, sorcery.
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
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