Avasara; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Avasara (अवसर).—One of the two mountains in Gomedadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 89. Gomedadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Havya, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, who is the son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
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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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India history and geogprahy

Avasara (अवसर) of the Śilāra (i.e., Śilāhāra) line of kings is mentioned in the Paṭṭaṇakuḍi plates of Avasara II.—“From Ādityavarman was born his son, Avasara (I) by name, who vanquished his foes, who had a great and famous name, and who appeared attractive by his religious deeds. Threafter was born from him son Indrarāja, who, like Indra, was rich in valour and meritorious with all his good qualities”.

These copper plates (mentioning Avasara) were obtained from Tonappa Parisa Upadhye, the priest of the Jain basti of Paṭṭaṇakudi, who claims that they have been preserved as heirloom in his family. The inscription refers itself to the reign of the Śilāra (i.e. Śilāhāra) king Avasara II, ruling from Balinagara. The inscription is dated in the expired Śaka year 910 (expressed in words), the cyclic year being Sarvadhārin, on Monday, the fifth tithi of the bright fortnight of Kārttika.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

Avasara.—(SITI), an officer of the royal household having the duty of bringing to the notice of the king anything that demanded his immediate attention. Cf. Kārtākṛtika. Note: avasara 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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Avasara.—(Ep. Ind., Vol. XVI, p. 347), one of the periods when the worship is performed and offerings are made to the deity in a temple. Note: avasara is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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avasara : (m.) chance

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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

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avasara (अवसर).—m (S) Leisure, convenience of time: also fit time, occasion, opportunity: also a conjuncture or juncture. 2 The time or season of; as bhōjanāvasara, snānāvasara, pūjāvasara. 3 An afflatus of a god or devil. v .

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avasāra (अवसार).—m (Poetry. For avasara) Time, season, juncture. Ex. kānāḍī ōḍhuni tē a0 ॥.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

avasara (अवसर).—m An opportunity. The time of, as in bhōjanāvasara, snānāvasara. Leisure.

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

Avasara (अवसर).—1 Occasion, opportunity, time; उत्पन्नावसरमर्थित्वम् (utpannāvasaramarthitvam) M.3; नास्यावसरं दास्यामि (nāsyāvasaraṃ dāsyāmi) Ś.2; भवद्गिरामवसरप्रदानाय वचांसि नः (bhavadgirāmavasarapradānāya vacāṃsi naḥ) Śi.2.8; विसर्जन° सत्कारः (visarjana° satkāraḥ) Ś.7; °प्राप्तम् (prāptam) suited to the occasion M.1; K.158; °तुलिताभिः (tulitābhiḥ) Pt.5.28. equal to the occasion; वेदस्यावसरोऽत्र कः (vedasyāvasaro'tra kaḥ) Ks.5.62 what has the Veda to do here?

2) (Hence) A fit or proper opportunity, proper or opportune time; अवसरपठिता वाणी गुणगणरहितापि शोभते पुंसाम् (avasarapaṭhitā vāṇī guṇagaṇarahitāpi śobhate puṃsām) Subh. Ratn. शशंस सेवावसरं सुरेभ्यः (śaśaṃsa sevāvasaraṃ surebhyaḥ) Ku.7.4; अवसरोऽयमात्मानं प्रकाशयितुम् (avasaro'yamātmānaṃ prakāśayitum) Ś.1; see अनवसर (anavasara) also; अवसरोऽपसर्पणीया राजानः (avasaro'pasarpaṇīyā rājānaḥ) Ś.6.

3) Space, room, scope; कुमुदेङ्गना मनसि चावसरम् (kumudeṅganā manasi cāvasaram) (alabhata) Śi.9.41.

4) Leisure, advantageous position.

5) Introduction.

6) A kind of संगीत (saṃgīta) q. v.

7) A year.

8) Raining.

9) Descent.

1) A consultation in private.

Derivable forms: avasaraḥ (अवसरः).

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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