Ankakara, Aṅkakāra: 2 definitions


Ankakara 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

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Aṅkakāra (अङ्ककार) refers to a “champion warrior” and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 11.22. Bālarāmāyaṇa, Act 8, describes a fight between the champions or Aṅkakāras of Rāma and Rāvaṇa. The word secondarily means “rival”, “surpassing”, “similar”, e.g., in Naiṣadha-carita 11.22, in Maṅkhaka 7.11 and 1.43. According to Viśvaprakāśa, aṅka means citrayuddha.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Aṅkakāra.—(EI 3, 4), a champion; same as Telugu-Kannaḍa aṅkakāṟa, sometimes explained as ‘a soldier or warrior who took a vow to defend his master and fight in the latter's cause to death’ (Hyderabad Archaeological Series, No. 18, p. 34). See aṅka. Note: aṅkakāra 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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