Appar: 3 definitions


Appar means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Tamil. 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.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

Appar.—One of the four Nālvar.—Appar is depicted as an aged man wearing the rudrakṣamāla around his head.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Google Books: 101 Mystics of India

Appar (Tirunavukkarasu) (7th Century A.D.)—Appar or Tirunavukkarasu was one of the four famous Saivite saints, known as Nālwar, the other three being Sundarar, Tirujnanasambandhar and Manikkavachakar. The name Appar was affectionately conferred on him by Sambandhar when they first met. Appar’s dcevotion to God was that of a servant, while Sundarar treated God like a friend, Manikkavachakar like a lover and Sambandhar like a father. Appar was born in 600 A.D. in Tiruvamur, a village in the south Arcot district of Tamil Nadu.

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Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Appar (அப்பர்) noun

1. Ram, he-goat; ஆணாடு உதளு மப்பரும் . . . யாட்டின்கண்ணே [anadu uthalu mapparum . . . yattinkanne] (தொல். பொ. [thol. po.] 602).

2. Male monkey; ஆண்குரங்கு. [ankurangu.] (தொல். பொ. [thol. po.] 602, உரை. [urai.])

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Appar (அப்பர்) noun < அப்பன். [appan.] Tirunāvukkaracu Nāyaṉār, one of the three celebrated authors of the Tēvāram. See திருநாவுக்கரசு நாயனார். [thirunavukkarasu nayanar.] (பெரியபுராணம் திருஞான. [periyapuranam thirugnana.] 495.)

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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