Acira, aka: Acirā; 6 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Achira.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Acirā (अचिरा) is the mother of Śāntinātha according to Śvetāmbara (but she is named Airā according to Digambara), according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri). Śāntinātha is the sixteenth of twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras in Janism. A Tīrthaṅkara is an enlightened being who has conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leaving behind him a path for others to follow.

The husband of Acirā is Viśvasena. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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acira : (adj.) recent; new.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Acira, see cira & cp. nacira. (Page 7)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

acira (अचिर) [or अचिरात्, acirāt].—ad S pop. acirēṅkaruna ad In a little while or short time.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

acira (अचिर).—ad In a short time or a little while.

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

Acira (अचिर).—a. [na. ta.]

1) Brief, transitory, of short duration; °द्युति, °भास्, °प्रभा (dyuti, °bhās, °prabhā) &c. q. v.

2) Recent, late, new; अकरोदचिरेश्वरः क्षितौ (akarodacireśvaraḥ kṣitau) R.8.2 the new lord. In compounds अचिर (acira) may be rendered by 'recently', 'just', `not long ago'; °प्रवृत्तं ग्रीष्मसमयमधिकृत्य (pravṛttaṃ grīṣmasamayamadhikṛtya) Ś.1, just set in. °प्रसूता (prasūtā); अचिरप्रसूतया जनन्या विना विवर्धित एव (aciraprasūtayā jananyā vinā vivardhita eva) Ś.4; having recently brought forth (who died not long after delivery, said of a doe) or a cow that has recently calved.

-ram adv. (also acireṇa, acirāya, acirāt, acirasya in the same senses)

1) Not long since, not long ago.

2) Recently, lately.

3) Soon, quickly, not long hence.

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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