Abhicara, aka: Abhicāra, Ābhicāra; 6 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Abhichara.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Ābhicāra (आभिचार).—Incantations done by purohita and ministers for defeating the enemy—according to Bhaṇḍa;1 Brhaspati did this on behalf of Indra to vanquish Rāji's sons.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 21. 97.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 9. 19.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Abhicāra (अभिचार) refers to “black magic” or “witchcraft”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Abhicāra (अभिचार):—The following seven abhicāra rites are listed in the Tantrasārasaṃgraha (cf. also Agni-Purāṇa 306.1) and the Mantrapāda:

  1. immobilization (stambha),
  2. causing dissension (vidveṣa),
  3. eradication (uccāṭa),
  4. liquidation (māraṇa),
  5. creating confusion or madness (bhrānti, bhrama),
  6. destruction (utsādana)
  7. and creating illness (roga, vyādhi), especially fever.

These rites are briefly defined in the anonymous commentary on the Tantrasārasaṃgraha.

Source: Professor Gudrun Bühnemann: Buddhist Deities and Mantras in the Hindu Tantras

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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abhicāra (अभिचार).—n S Incantation or magic to destroy or injure.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

abhicāra (अभिचार).—n Incantation or magic employ- ed for malevolent purposes.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Abhicara (अभिचर).—A follower, servant, attendant.

Derivable forms: abhicaraḥ (अभिचरः).

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Abhicāra (अभिचार).—

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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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