Ambara, aka: Aṃbara; 11 Definition(s)


Ambara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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)

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Ambara (अम्बर) is a general name for “clothing” once commonly made by craftsmen in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Craftsmen and their tools are referred to in the Nīlamata which enjoins upon the inhabitants of Kaśmīra the worship of Viśvakarmā—the originator of all crafts.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

1a) Aṃbara (अंबर).—An Asura follower of Vṛtra in his battle with Indra.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 10. 19.

1b) Sacred to Viśvakāya.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 27.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Ambara (अम्बर).— The ambaras are a group of celestial beings living in the lower regions of adholoka (lower world) according to Jaina cosmology. Adholoka is made up of seven regions and offers residence to the infernal beings existing within these lands.

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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India history and geogprahy

Ambara.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘cypher’. Note: ambara is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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ambara : (nt.) 1. a cloth; 2. the sky.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Ambara, 2 (m.-nt.) (etym. = ambara1 (?) or more likely a distortion of kambala; for the latter speaks the combn. rattambara = ratta-kambala. — The word would thus be due to an erroneous syllable division rattak-ambala (= ambara) instead of ratta-kambala) some sort of cloth and an (upper) garment made of it (cp. kambala) Vv 537 (ratt° = uttariya VvA.236). (Page 74)

2) Ambara, 1 (nt.) (Vedic ambara circumference, horizon) the sky, Dāvs.I, 38; IV, 51; V, 32. — Note. At J.V, 390 we have to read muraja-ālambara, and not mura-jāla-ambara. (Page 74)

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

ambara (अंबर).—m dim. ambarī f A smith's pincers.

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ambara (अंबर).—m (S) Ambergris. 2 n Clothes or apparel. 3 In comp. Clothed; as nīlāmbara, pītāmbara Clothed in blue or yellow garments, vyāghracarmāmbara, gaja- carmāmbara, digambara &c. 4 n The sky or atmosphere. Ex.ambara kaisēṃ muṣṭīnta samāvēṃ.

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ambara (अंबर).—m ( P) A perpendicular cavity in the wall of a house, as a receptacle for corn. aṃ0 luṭaṇēṃ To consume the stock of corn wastefully.

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ambara (अंबर).—f (Properly amaravēla) A species of Moonseed.

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ambāra (अंबार).—n ( P) A perpendicular cavity in the wall of a house as a receptacle for grain.

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āmbara (आंबर).—m (Or āmbūra) A sort of pincers.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ambara (अंबर).—n Garment, clothes, apparel. The sky.

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āmbara (आंबर).—m A sort of pincers.

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

Ambara (अम्बर).—(1) m., garment (recorded only as nt. in Sanskrit and Pali): LV 92.16 (verse) ambarān, acc. pl.; (2) m., n. of a Buddha: Mv i.124.4. See also dravyāmbara.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ambara (अम्बर).—n.

(-raṃ) 1. The sky or atmosphere. 2. Clothes, apparel. 3. A perfume, (Ambergris.) 4. Cotton. 5. Talc. E. amba to go, and aran aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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