Astara, aka: Āstara, Āstāra, Ashtara, Aṣṭāra, Ashtan-ara; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

Astara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Aṣṭāra can be transliterated into English as Astara or Ashtara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

[Astara in Dhanurveda glossaries]

Āstara (आस्तर) refers to a weapon (“a missile like a boomerang”). 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.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda
Dhanurveda book cover
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Astara in Marathi glossaries]

astara (अस्तर).—n ( P) Lining (of a garment &c.)

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

astara (अस्तर).—n Lining (of a garment).

(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

[Astara in Sanskrit glossaries]

Āstara (आस्तर).—[ā-stṛ-ap]

1) A covering, coverlet. दण्डिनीमजिनास्तराम् (daṇḍinīmajināstarām) Bk.6.6.

2) A carpet, bed, mat; वासो वल्कलमास्तरः किसलयानि (vāso valkalamāstaraḥ kisalayāni) Śānti.2.2.

3) Spreading (clothes &c.).

Derivable forms: āstaraḥ (आस्तरः).

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Āstāra (आस्तार).—[ā-stṝ-ghañ] Spreading, strewing, scattering.

Derivable forms: āstāraḥ (आस्तारः).

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Aṣṭāra (अष्टार).—a. having a wheel with 8 spokes.

Aṣṭāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṣṭan and ara (अर).

(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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