Adhiratha: 13 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Adhiratha in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Adhiratha (अधिरथ).—Foster father of Karṇa. Lineage. Descended from Viṣṇu thus: Brahmā-Atri-Candra-Purūravas-Āyus-Nahuṣa-Yayāti-Anudruhyu-Sadānara-Kālanara-Sṛñjaya-Titikṣa-Kṛśadratha-Homa-Sutapas-Bali-Aṅga-Dadhivāhana-Draviratha-Dharmaratha-Citraratha-Satyaratha-Romapāda-Caturaṅga-Pṛthu-Camba-Haryaṃga-Bhadraratha-Bṛhadratha-Bṛhanmanas-Jayadratha-Dhṛtavṛta-Satyakarmā-Adhiratha-Karṇa (foster son). (See full article at Story of Adhiratha from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Adhiratha (अधिरथ).—The son of Satkarman (Satyakarman, Matsya-purāṇa). Once playing on the banks of the Ganges, he found a male child in a box. It was born of Kunti and abandoned by her. Childless, he brought him up as his son;1 also known as Sūta.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 23. 12-13.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 48. 108.
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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Adhiratha (अधिरथ).—Foster father of Karṇa. He was a charioteer by profession. He one day found the child Karṇa floating in Ganges in a basket. His wife was barren and happily he took the child home and gave it to his wife. He was also the father of Sangramajit.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Adhiratha (अधिरथ): Karna's foster-father.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Adhiratha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Adhiratha (अधिरथ).—[adhyārūḍho rathaṃ rathinaṃ vā] Being on or over a car.

-thaḥ 1 A charioteer, driver.

2) Name of a charioteer who was king of Aṅga and foster-father of Karṇa.

-tham Ved. A cart-load.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adhiratha (अधिरथ).—m.

(-thaḥ) A charioteer. E. adhi, and ratha a car.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adhiratha (अधिरथ).—[adhi-ratha], m. 1. A charioteer. 2. A proper name.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adhiratha (अधिरथ).—[adjective] being on the chariot; [masculine] charioteer, a man’s name; [neuter] a cart-load.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Adhiratha (अधिरथ):—[=adhi-ratha] mfn. being upon or over a car

2) [v.s. ...] m. a charioteer

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a charioteer who was a prince of Aṅga and Karṇa’s foster-father

4) [v.s. ...] n. a cart-load, [Ṛg-veda]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adhiratha (अधिरथ):—[tatpurusha compound] I. m. f. n.

(-thaḥ-thā-tham) Being on or above a car. Ii. m.

(-thaḥ) 1) A charioteer.

2) The proper name of a charioteer who was a prince and descendant of Anu and of Anga, a son of Satyakarman and foster father of Karṇa. E. adhi and ratha.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adhiratha (अधिरथ):—[adhi-ratha] (thaḥ) 1. m. A charioteer.

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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 (even English!). 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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