Ara, aka: Ārā, Arā; 13 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Ārā (आरा) is a Sanskrit word referring to a kind of aquatic bird (“cobbler’s owl bird”). The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Āyurvedic literature. The animal Ārā is part of the sub-group named Ambucārin, refering to animals “which move on waters”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Ārā (आरा) refers to a weapon (“knife”). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Ara (अर) refers to an aspect of nṛsiṃha (‘man-lion’), according to the Vihagendra-saṃhitā 4.17, which mentions seventy-four forms (inlcuding twenty forms of vyūha). He is also known as Aranṛsiṃha or Aranarasiṃha. Nṛsiṃha is a Tantric deity and refers to the furious (ugra) incarnation of Viṣṇu.

The 15th-century Vihagendra-saṃhīta is a canonical text of the Pāñcarātra corpus and, in twenty-four chapters, deals primarely with meditation on mantras and sacrificial oblations.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Āra (आर).—Substitute आर (āra) for ऋ () in the words पितृ (pitṛ) and मातृ (mātṛ); e.g. पितरामातरा (pitarāmātarā); cf. P. VI.3.33.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Arā (अरा).—(arajas) Daughter of Śukra maharṣi. Ikṣvāku begot three sons, Daṇḍa, Vikukṣi and Nimi. After his father’s death Daṇḍa became king of the country between the Vindhya and the Himālayas. In the course of a hunting expedition once Daṇḍa saw and was immediately attracted by the charms of Arā, daughter of Śukra maharṣi. He committed rape on her and she told her father about the attack by Daṇḍa. The Maharṣi asked his daughter to do tapas, and further told her that he would burn Daṇḍa’s kingdom by a rain of fire. Arā did tapas, and at the behest of the Maharṣi Indra destroyed Daṇḍa’s kingdom by a downpour of a rain of fire. Afterwards this place became a terrible forest where neither birds nor animals lived, and came to be known as Daṇḍakāraṇya. (Uttara Rāmāyaṇa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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)

Ara (अर):—The eighteenth Tīrthaṅkara (Janism recognizes 24 such teachers or Siddhas). He is also known as Aranātha. His colour is gold (kāñcana), according to Aparājitapṛcchā (221.5-7). His height is 30 dhanuṣa (a single dhanuṣa (or, ‘bow’) equals 6 ft), thus, roughly corresponding to 55 meters. His emblem, or symbol, is a Nandyāvarta or fish.

Ara’s father is Sudarśana and his mother is Devī according to Śvetāmbara or Mitrā according to Digambara. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi, according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri).

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

The entire time period from beginningless point to eternity is into time cycles called ārās. Each ārā or epoch has two parts namely period of rising happiness (utsarpiṇī) and period of decreasing happiness (avasarpiṇī). Each ārā has a series of twenty four ford makers (tīrthaṅkaras) over different time periods who rejuvenate the religion so that the living beings can move forward to attain their worldly and spiritual objectives.

Source: Jain eLibrary: 7th International Summer School for Jain Studies
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

ara : (nt.) spoke of a wheel. || āra (m.), a needle. ārā (f.), an awl. (ind.), away or far from; remote.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Ara, (Vedic ara fr. , ṛṇoti; see etym. under appeti & cp. more esp. Lat. artus limb, Gr. a(ρma chariot, also P. aṇṇava) the spoke of a wheel D. II, 17 (sahass’âra adj. with thousand spokes), cp. Miln. 285; J. IV, 209; VI, 261; Miln. 238; DhA. II, 142; VvA. 106 (in allegorical etym. of arahant = saṃsāra-cakkassa arānaṃ hatattā “breaker of the spokes of the wheel of transmigration”) = PvA. 7 (has saṃsāra-vaṭṭassa); VvA. 277. (Page 76)

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1) Ārā, 2 (indecl.) (Vedic ārād, Abl. as adv. ; orig. a root der. fr. *ara remoteness, as in Sk. araṇa foreign & araṇya solitude q. v. under araṇa1 and arañña) far from, remote (from) (adv. as well as prep. with Abl.) Sn. 156 (pamādamhā), 736; Dh. 253 (āsavakkhayā; DhA. III, 377 expls. by dūragata); J. II, 449 (jhānabhūmiyā; = dūre ṭhita C.); V, 78 (saṃyame; = dūrato C.). See also ārakā.

—cāra (in this combn. by Kern, Toev. s. v. unecessarily expld. as ārā = ārya; cp. similar phrases under ārakā) a life remote (from evil) A. IV, 389. —cārin living far from evil leading a virtuous life D. I, 4; M. I, 179; III, 33; A. III, 216, 348; IV, 249; V, 138, 205; DA. I, 72 (= abrahmacariyato dūra-cārin). (Page 108)

2) Ārā, 1 (f.) (Sk. ārâ; *ēl “pointed”, as in Ohg. āla = Ger. ahle, Ags. āēl = E awl; Oicel. alr) an awl; see cp. āragga. Perhaps a der. of ārā is āḷakā (q. v.). (Page 108)

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

āra (आर).—f An iron spike (as of a top, a handmill, surprise &c. oh! a wooden axle, a goad &c.) 2 Urgency, pressing, hurrying. v lāva, lāga. 3 A spoke of a wheel. 4 A painful tumor in ano &c. See āraī. 5 A tuft or ring of hair on the body. 6 A term in the play of iṭīdāṇḍū,--the number six. 7 m A large serpent of the Boa-kind. 8 Applied fig. to a dull, heavy, sluggish fellow; a lubbard. 9 An acuminated or pointed end (of a stick, rope &c.) 10 The old-age-sproutings of nāgavallī (Piper betel). On their appearance the plant is unwound from its supports, and set, according to the manner of Arcuation, well covered over with mould. Ex. nāgavallīcī āra ēkadā rujalī mhaṇajē vēla vāḍhatō. 11 A tendril. 12 āra as the common termination of the words descriptive of the artisans, e. g. sōnāra, sutāra, lōhāra, kāṃsāra, cāmhāra, kumbhāra &c. is from the Sanskrit kāra Doer or maker; thus describing them as doers or workers in gold, iron, brass &c. saṃsārācī-prapañcācī-rōjagārācī-āra The goading of worldly affairs, earthly necessities &c. v lāva, lāga.

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ārā (आरा).—m (Better āharā m) A ring of grass &c. 2 ( P) A saw. 3 (Or āra) A spoke.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ārā (आरा).—m A ring of grass. A saw. A spoke.

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āra (आर).—m A large serpent. A sluggish fel- low. f An iron–spike. Urgency. A spoke of a wheel.

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

Ara (अर).—a. [iyarti gacchatyanena, ṛ-ac]

1) Speedy, swift.

2) Little. यदा ह्येवैष एतस्मिन्नुदरमन्तरं कुरुते (yadā hyevaiṣa etasminnudaramantaraṃ kurute) T. Up.2.7.1.

3) Going (at the end of comp.),

-raḥ 1 The spoke or radius of a wheel; अरा इव रथानाभौ (arā iva rathānābhau) Muṇd.2.2.6; Praśna.2.6. (°ram also); अरैः संधार्यते नाभिर्नाभौ चाराः प्रतिष्ठिताः (araiḥ saṃdhāryate nābhirnābhau cārāḥ pratiṣṭhitāḥ) Pt.1.81. cf. also अरव्यक्तिर्नष्टा स्थितमिव जवाच्चक्रवलयम् (aravyaktirnaṣṭā sthitamiva javāccakravalayam) Pratima 3.2.

2) A spoke of the time-wheel; a Jaina division of time.

3) A corner (koṇa) or angle; त्रिपञ्चरे पीठे (tripañcare pīṭhe) Śyāmāstava.

4) Moss (śaivāla).

5) = पर्पट (parpaṭa) q. v.

6) Name of an ocean in Brahmā's world; यदरण्यायनमित्याचक्षते ब्रह्मचर्यमेव तत्तदरश्च ह वैण्यश्चार्णवौ ब्रह्मलोके (yadaraṇyāyanamityācakṣate brahmacaryameva tattadaraśca ha vaiṇyaścārṇavau brahmaloke) Chān. Up.8.5.3.

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Āra (आर).—[ā-ṛ-ghañ]

1) Brass; ताम्रारकोष्ठां परिखादुरासदाम् (tāmrārakoṣṭhāṃ parikhādurāsadām) Bhāg.1.41.2.

2) Oxide of iron.

3) An angle, corner.

4) Name of a tree (madhurāmraphala).

-raḥ 1 The planet Mars.

2) The planet Saturn.

3) Going.

4) Distance.

5) nearness, as in आरात् (ārāt) q. v.

6) Extremity (prāntabhāga).

-rā (ā-ṛ-ac)

1) A shoemaker's awl. °मुखम् (mukham) An arrow-head shaped like an awl; आरामुखेन चर्मच्छेदनम् (ārāmukhena carmacchedanam) | Dhanur.66.

2) A knife, probe, instrument of iron.

3) A spoke; cf. अर (ara).

4) A goad, or whip; उद्यम्याराम- ग्रकायोत्थितस्य (udyamyārāma- grakāyotthitasya) Śi.18.7.

Derivable forms: āraḥ (आरः), āram (आरम्).

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Āra (आर).—1 P.

1) To delight in, take pleasure in, sport; आरमन्तं परं स्मरे (āramantaṃ paraṃ smare) Bk.8.52,3.38.

2) To cease, stop (to speak); leave off; अन्तर्वत्नी त्वहं भ्रात्रा ज्येष्ठेनारम्यतामिति (antarvatnī tvahaṃ bhrātrā jyeṣṭhenāramyatāmiti) Mb. 1.14.11; विरामोऽस्त्विति चारमेत् (virāmo'stviti cāramet) Ms.2.73.

3) To rest, take rest.

Derivable forms: āram (आरम्).

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Ārā (आरा).—See under आर (āra).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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