Avakara, Avākara: 8 definitions



Avakara 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Avakara (अवकर) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “pea-fowl”. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Ayurvedic literature. The animal Avakara is part of the group of birds named Vartakādi, which is a sub-group of Viṣkira, refering to “birds similar to common quail who eat while scattering the gains”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Ayurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Avakara.—(EI 32), sweepings, a mound. Cf. avaṣkara; also niravakara, remainder after deduction (Ep. Ind., Vol. XXVIII, p. 188). Note: avakara 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avakara (अवकर).—[kṝ-ap] Dust, sweepings; अवकरनिकरं विकिरती (avakaranikaraṃ vikiratī) Bh.2.124.

Derivable forms: avakaraḥ (अवकरः).

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Avākara (अवाकर).—A mint.

Derivable forms: avākaraḥ (अवाकरः).

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

Avakara (अवकर).—m., probably read with Index and Mironov avakāra, rendered by Tibetan ḥgod pa, perhaps arrangement, placement, ordering, or the like: Mahāvyutpatti 571 samākṣarāvakaro (°kāro) nāma samādhiḥ. No v.l. in either ed. But Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā [Page069-b+ 71] 1421.3 (from which, or an allied text, Mahāvyutpatti cites) reads samākṣarākāro, explaining: sarvasamādhīnāṃ samākṣara- tāṃ pratilabhate. This seems to fit the reading °kṣarākāra, and definitely does not fit the apparent meaning of ava- kāra, q.v. Yet in another list Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 1413.15 reads °kṣarā- vakāra.

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Avakāra (अवकार).—m. (1) see avakara; (2) okāraṃ acc. sg. (= Pali okāra, in phrase kāmānaṃ ādīnavo okāro saṃ- kileso; compare Pali anavakāra), perhaps elimination, getting rid (sc. of desires): Mahāvastu iii.357.13 kāmeṣu bhayaṃ okāraṃ (mss. okara-) saṃkileśaṃ, in regard to desires (he preached) the danger of them, the elimination of them, their impurity. Senart's em. seems confirmed by the Pali.

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

Avakara (अवकर).—m.

(-raḥ) Dust or sweepings. E. ava spreading, and kara what makes.

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

Avakara (अवकर).—i. e. ava-kṛ10 + a, m. Sweepings, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] suppl. 21.

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

Avakara (अवकर).—[masculine] dust, sweepings, rubbish.

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

1) Avakara (अवकर):—[=ava-kara] a See ava-√kṝ.

2) [v.s. ...] a kind of plant (growing on garbage heaps), [Kauśika-sūtra]

3) [=ava-kara] [from ava-kṝ] b m. dust or sweepings, [Gautama-dharma-śāstra etc.]

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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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