Agnikarya, Agni-karya, Agnikārya: 14 definitions

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Agnikarya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Agnikārya (अग्निकार्य) or Homa refers to the “fire ritual” and represents one of the various upacāras (offerings), in pūjā (ritual worship), as defined in the Śaivāgamas.—Pūjā consists of offering hospitality, in the form of water to wash the feet, to drink, water for ablutions, offering a bath, new clothes, fragrant unguents, fragrant flowers and ornaments, food and so on. Each step in the pūjā process is called “saṃskāra” and each offering is called “upacāra” [viz., Agnikārya].

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Agnikārya (अग्निकार्य) refers to “rituals towards the fire”, according to the Jayadrathayāmala, Ṣaṭka 1 verse 13.3–18::—Accordingly, “[...] [And], O Goddess, [the Śivadharmadīkṣā] has two forms: in Śaiva scriptures the division of initiation is called that without the seed and that with the seed. [...] The sabījā is the opposite to this and is performed, O beautiful one, for those who are learned, endure extremes and are able bodied. By those the rituals towards the Guru, the God and the fire (agnikārya) have to be performed with extreme devotion, since the desired fruit will not come about for them who don’t do [these rites]. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Hindupedia: The Hindu Encyclopedia

Agni karya forms the core of a sacrifice. It includes purification rites and the homas. The ingredients used in a yajña are called dravya. There are six ingradients involved in performing an Agni Karya. They are:

  • Sruk and Sruva (ladles used for making offering in fire)
  • Idhma (wooden pieces/sticks used as fuel in the sacrifice – also called samidhas)
  • Pātras (bowls)

There are three kinds of pātras used:

  • the prokṣiṇi (used for purification)
  • ājya (to hold the clarified butter)
  • pūrṇa pātra (literally “complete”, the one used for completion of the rite)

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Agni-kārya.—(EI 33; SII 3), fire-oblation. Note: agni-kārya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Agnikarya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Agnikārya (अग्निकार्य) or Agnikāryya.—n.

(-ryaṃ) Maintaining a sacred fire. E. agni and kārya act.

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

Agnikārya (अग्निकार्य).—n. the management of the sacrificial fire, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 69.

Agnikārya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms agni and kārya (कार्य).

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

Agnikārya (अग्निकार्य).—[neuter] kriyā [feminine] = agnikarman.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Agnikārya (अग्निकार्य) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[dharma] Burnell. 150^b. Taylor. 1, 275.

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

1) Agnikārya (अग्निकार्य):—[=agni-kārya] [from agni] n. ([Manu-smṛti] etc.) kindling or feeding the sacrificial fire with clarified butter etc.

2) [v.s. ...] the prayers said while doing so, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) [v.s. ...] cauterization.

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

Agnikārya (अग्निकार्य):—[tatpurusha compound] n.

(-ryam) The same as agnikārikā q. v. E. agni and kārya.

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

Agnikārya (अग्निकार्य):—[agni-kārya] (ryya) 1. n. Idem.

[Sanskrit to German]

Agnikarya in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Agnikarya in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Agnikārya (ಅಗ್ನಿಕಾರ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] kindling or feeding the sacrificial fire with clarified butter or other ritual oblations.

2) [noun] (slang) the act of smoking a cigarette or a beedi.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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