Asvara, Asvāra, Ashvara, Asvarā: 12 definitions


Asvara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Asvarā (अस्वरा) refers to “she who is without vowels”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—The goddess in the Liṅga (i.e. “in the centre of the Point... at the End of the Twelve”) is Mālinī who is similarly said to be the Unstruck, silent Sound of consciousness. As such she is said to be ‘asvarā’ lit. “she who is without vowels”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Asvarā (अस्वरा) is the name of a Dhāraṇī Goddesses mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Asvarā).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

asvāra (अस्वार).—a ( P) Mounted (upon a horse, elephant, camel). 2 m A cavalier, trooper, horseman.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Asvara (अस्वर).—a.

1) Having a bad voice.

2) Indistinct, not loud, in a low tone (as a speech); Rām.2.

-raḥ 1 A low tone.

2) A consonant.

3) Absence of any accent.

-ram ind. Not aloud, in a low tone.

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

Aśvara (अश्वर).—(?) , read probably Aśvala, name of a ṛṣi: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 18.18.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Asvara (अस्वर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Having a bad or croaking voice. E. a neg. and svara a note or the voice.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Asvara (अस्वर).—adj. low, indistinct, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 42, 26.

Asvara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and svara (स्वर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Asvara (अस्वर):—[=a-svara] mfn. not loud (as the voice), indistinct, [Rāmāyaṇa ii, 42, 26]

2) [v.s. ...] having no vowel Up having no accent, [Atharvaveda-prātiśākhya [Scholiast or Commentator]]

3) [v.s. ...] having a bad or croaking voice, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Asvara (अस्वर):—[a-svara] (raḥ-rā-raṃ) a. Having a bad or croaking voice.

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Asvara in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Asvara (ಅಸ್ವರ):—

1) [noun] that is not a vowel.

2) [noun] having no vowel.

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Asvara (ಅಸ್ವರ):—[noun] (gram.) that which is not a vowel; a consonant.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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