Alarka, aka: Ālarka; 7 Definition(s)


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Alarka (अलर्क):—Son of Dyumān (son of Divodāsa). He reigned over the earth for sixty-six thousand years. His son was called Santati. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.17.8)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Alarka (अलर्क).—The name of an insect. It was in the form of this insect that Indra went and bore a hole on the leg of Karṇa while Paraśurāma was sleeping on his lap. The blood that flowed from Karṇa’s foot wetted the body of the preceptor.

2) Alarka (अलर्क).—A king of the states of Kāśī and Karūṣa. He was a very honest man. Forsaking all riches and his kingdom he accepted Dharmamārga. (Śloka 64, Chapter 115, Anuśāsana Parva, Mahābhārata). He was a member of the council of yama. He attained salvation by yoga and meditation. (18th Śloka, Chapter 8, Sabhā Parva, Mahābhārata).

2) Once Alarka decided to overcome the five senses. To control them he sent arrows at the mind, nose, tongue, ear, eye, skin and intelligence. But the senses never surrendered to them. Then Alarka by sheer dhyāna and yoga brought them under control. (Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 30).

2) Alarka once told a blind brahmin boy to ask for any boon from him. The boy demanded the eyes of Alarka. To keep his promise Alarka scooped out his eyes and gave them to the blind boy. (Rāmāyaṇa, Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa, Sarga 12, Śloka 43).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Alarka (अलर्क).—A pupil of Dattātreya: a sage who realised the force of harimāyā.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 11; II. 7. 44.

1b) A son of Dyumat, and father of Sannati. He retained his youth and ruled for 66,000 years. The br. purāṇa and the viṣṇu purāṇa make him the son respectively of Vatsa and Pratardana, and father of Sannati.1 A Rājaṛṣi of Kāśī; attained longevity through the grace of Lopāmudrā. Killed the Rākṣasa Kṣemaka and recovered his capital. Two ancient verses in his praise.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 67. 69, 72; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 8. 16-18; Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 17. 6-8.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 180. 68-9; Vāyu-purāṇa 92. 66-8.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Alarka (अलर्क) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.14, XIII.116.67, XIII.115) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Alarka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

alarka (अलर्क).—m S Canine rabies, Hydrophobia.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

Alarka (अलर्क).—

1) A mad dog or one rendered furious.

2) A fabulous animal like a hog with eight legs. अष्टपादं तीक्ष्णदंष्ट्रं सूचीभिरिव संवृतम् । रोमभिः सन्निरुद्धाङ्गमलर्कं नाम नामतः (aṣṭapādaṃ tīkṣṇadaṃṣṭraṃ sūcībhiriva saṃvṛtam | romabhiḥ sanniruddhāṅgamalarkaṃ nāma nāmataḥ) Mb.12.3.13.

3) A kind of worm.

4) Name of a plant (śvetārka; Mar. pāṃḍharī ruī).

Derivable forms: alarkaḥ (अलर्कः).

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Ālarka (आलर्क).—a. [alarkasyedaṃ aṇ] Relating to or caused by a mad dog; आलर्कं विषमिव सर्वतः प्रसृप्तम् (ālarkaṃ viṣamiva sarvataḥ prasṛptam) U.1.4; निहन्ति विषमालर्कं मेघवृन्दमिवानिलः (nihanti viṣamālarkaṃ meghavṛndamivānilaḥ).

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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