Ajagara, Ājagara, Ajāgara, Aja-gara: 17 definitions

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Ajagara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Ājagara (आजगर).—An ascetic. Śānti Parva of Mahābhārata in its 179th Chapter states that Prahlāda conversed with this sage.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Ājagara (आजगर).—A vrata followed by Ṛṣabha when he became a mendicant.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 5. 32.

1b) A sage. Praḥlāda saw him one day lying on the bare ground on a cliff of the Sahya hills, and bowed to him. Praḥlāda asked the sage how he who had no comforts was able to maintain a sound body. The sage replied that he had renounced all desires, learning renunciation from the bee and contentment from the serpent, while his mind was ever absorbed in Hari.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VII. 13. 11-18, 20-45.
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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Prācyā: Animals and animal products as reflected in Smṛti texts

Ajagara (अजगर) refers to a “python”.—The Parāśarasmṛti [VI.9] states that one who kills a python (Ajagara) and water snake that is non-venomous [ḍuṇḍubha] should feed a Brahmin with kṛsara (rice boiled with sesame) and donate him an iron rod.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A peta who lived in Gijjhakuta. He was seen there by Mogallana, but not by Moggallanas companion Lakkhana Thera. Later, in answer to a question by Lakkhana Thera, the Buddha revealed the petas past. He had been a bandit in Kassapa Buddhas time, and having been unintentionally offended by the treasurer Sumangala, who had built a Gandhakuti for Kassapa, he sought to take revenge on him and to make him angry by committing various heinous crimes against him. But the latter showed no wrath, and once, after having given aims to the Buddha, he gave over the merit, so gained, to the bandit. He thereupon repented, but his evil kamma was too great for him to be able to win any special attainment. DhA.iii.60ff.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Ajagara (अजगर) refers to one of the male Vidyā-beings mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Ajagara).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ajagara : (m.) boa constrictor.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Ajagara, (aja + gara = gala fr. *gel to devour, thus “goateater”) a large snake (rock-snake?), Boa Constrictor J.VI, 507; Miln.23, 303, 364, 406; DhA.III, 60. Also as ajakara at J.III, 484 (cp. Trenckner, Notes p. 64). (Page 10)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ajagara (अजगर).—m (S) A large serpent, a species of boa. 2 fig. A devotee dead to the pursuits, pleasures, and pains of humanity. 3 Applied to a dull, drowsy, sluggish fellow. Some compounds are a0 svabhāva-prakṛti-cāla-sampradāya.

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

ajagara (अजगर).—m A large serpent, a species of boa. A dull fellow. ajagarāsārakhā paḍaṇēṃ Lie lazily stretched along.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ajagara (अजगर).—See under अज (aja).

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Ajāgara (अजागर).—a. [na. ba.] Not wakeful, not requiring keeping up.

-raḥ [jāgarayatīti jāgaraḥ na jāgaro yasmāt] A plant, Verbesina Prostrata (bhṛṅgarājavṛkṣa) (sevanena nidrārāhityakārakaḥ, yadapekṣayā anyasmin jāgaraṇakartṛtvaṃ nāsti.) (Mar. mākā).

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Ājagara (आजगर).—a. (- f.) [अजगर-अण् (ajagara-aṇ)] Relating to ajagara or the boa; a chapter in the Mahābhārata.

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Ajagara (अजगर).—[ajaṃ chāgaṃ girati bhakṣayati; gṝ-ac] a huge serpent (boa-constrictor) who is said to swallow goats.

- Name of a plant.

Derivable forms: ajagaraḥ (अजगरः).

Ajagara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aja and gara (गर).

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

Ajagara (अजगर).—m. (raḥ) The Bor, or Boa, a large serpent. (Boa constrictor. E. aja a goat, and gara who swallows. from gṛ with ac aff.

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Ajāgara (अजागर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Not wakeful, not awake. m.

(-raḥ) A plant, (Eclipta, or verbesina prostrata.) E. a neg. and jāgara wakeful.

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

Ajagara (अजगर).—i. e. aja-gṛ10 + a, m. A large serpent, Boa constrictor.

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

Ajagara (अजगर).—[masculine] large serpent, boa.

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

1) Ajagara (अजगर):—[=aja-gara] [from aja > aj] m. (‘goat-swallower’), a huge serpent, boa constrictor, [Atharva-veda etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of an Asura

3) Ajāgara (अजागर):—[=a-jāgara] mfn. not awake, not wakeful, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] m. the plant Eclipta or Verbesina Prostrata.

5) Ājagara (आजगर):—[from āja] mf(ī)n. ([from] aja-gara), treating of the boa or large serpent (as a chapter of the [Mahābhārata])

6) [v.s. ...] belonging to a boa, [Mahābhārata xii, 12533; Kathāsaritsāgara]

7) [v.s. ...] proper to a boa, [Mahābhārata xii, 6677 seqq.]

8) [v.s. ...] acting like a boa, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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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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