Avasara: 20 definitions

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Avasara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Avasar.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

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: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Avasara (अवसर) refers to the “opportune moment”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.24 (“Śiva consents to marry Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu said to Śiva: “[...] O lord Śiva, please go and grant Śivā the boon. O lord, destroy our misery and bestow happiness on us. O Śiva, there is a great enthusiasm in my heart as well as in those of the gods to witness your marriage. Please get it performed in a fitting manner. The opportune moment [i.e., avasara] for the fulfilment of the boon granted by you to Ratī has arrived. Make your promise fruitful”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Avasara (अवसर) refers to the “time (of union with the deity)”, according to the Tantrasadbhāva verse 9.516cd–522.—Accordingly, “[...] The consecration for the Sādhaka [should be performed] after the vidyādīkṣā. The vidyādīkṣā is based upon a difference in intention; one should not understand it on the basis of difference in action. Everything is established on the path: all actions which have been performed, associated with [various levels of] the cosmic course [of tattvas] [and] established on/with the five kalās, should be duly purified. The difference [in procedure] for the Sādhaka is known to be at the time of union (avasarayojanyāvasare bhedaṃ) [with the deity]: he should manifest together the prārabdha karma for the sake of the bound soul, pronounce the mantra of Śiva in its sakala form, and place [the consciousness] into the body of Sadāśiva”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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India history and geography

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

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.

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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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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

avasara : (m.) chance

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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 Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

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

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical 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) Śiśupālavadha 2.8; विसर्जन° सत्कारः (visarjana° satkāraḥ) Ś.7; °प्राप्तम् (prāptam) suited to the occasion M.1; K.158; °तुलिताभिः (tulitābhiḥ) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 5.28. equal to the occasion; वेदस्यावसरोऽत्र कः (vedasyāvasaro'tra kaḥ) Kathāsaritsāgara 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) Kumārasambhava 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) Śiśupālavadha 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Avasara (अवसर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. Occasion, opportunity. 2. Rain, raining. 3. Consultation in private. 4. A year. 5. A moment. E. ava, sṛ to go, ap aff.

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

Avasara (अवसर).—i. e. ava-sṛ + a, m. 1. Opportunity, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 41; [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 36. 2. The right time, [Kirātārjunīya] 5, 16; with inf., [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] 12, 11. 3. Turn, [Pañcatantra] 55, 4 (śaśakasyāvasaraḥ samāyātaḥ, The turn of the hare came). 4. Use, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 6, 62.

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

Avasara (अवसर).—[masculine] opportunity, occasion, right moment to ([genetive] or —°).

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

1) Avasara (अवसर):—[=ava-sara] a See ava-√sṛ.

2) [=ava-sara] [from ava-sṛ] b m. ‘descent (of water)’, rain, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] occasion, moment, favourable opportunity, [Śakuntalā] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] seasonableness, appropriate place for anything ([genitive case]), [Kathāsaritsāgara]

5) [v.s. ...] any one’s ([genitive case]) turn, [Pañcatantra]

6) [v.s. ...] leisure, advantageous situation, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] (= mantra) consultation in private (?), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] a year, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Avasara (अवसर):—[ava-sara] (raḥ) 1. m. Occasion.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Avasara (अवसर) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Avasara, Osara, Osāra.

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Avasara in German

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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Avasara (अवसर) [Also spelled avasar]:—(nm) opportunity, chance; occasion; scope; ~[vāda], ~[vāditā] opportunism, the tendency to put expediency before principle; the mentality of time-serving; ~[vādī] opportunist(ic); —[cūkanā] to miss an opportunity; —[tākanā] to seek an opportunity; —[na cūkanā/-hātha se na jāne denā] to take time by the forelock; —[hātha ānā] to get a chance.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Avasara (अवसर) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Apasṛ.

2) Avasara (अवसर) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Avasṛ.

3) Avasara (अवसर) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Avasara.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Avasara (ಅವಸರ):—

1) [noun] a period characterised by a prevailing condition; a situation; circumstance.

2) [noun] an opportune time.

3) [noun] a favourable or comfortable condition.

4) [noun] time; duration.

5) [noun] haste a) the act of hurrying; quickness of motion or action; b) the act of hurrying carelessly or recklessly.

6) [noun] the quality or fact of being necessary; necessity.

7) [noun] a period of one year.

8) [noun] rain.

9) [noun] a person assigned to perform personal services of a king or a queen to carry out any task at any time.

10) [noun] a kind of short religious services (esp. in the temple of Křṣṇa in Uḍupi in Karnāṭaka).

11) [noun] 11) the need to urinate or defecate.

12) [noun] ಅವಸರದ ಊಳಿಗದವ [avasarada uligadava](ನು, ಳು, ರು [nu, lu, ru]) avasarada ūḷigadava(nu,ḷu, ru) a man, woman or persons, assigned to perform at any time the personal services of a royal person; ಅವಸರದವ [avasaradava](ನು,ಳು,ರು [nu,lu,ru]) avasaradava(nu,ḷu, ru,) = ಅವಸರದ ಊಳಿಗದವ [avasarada uligadava](ನು, ಳು, ರು [nu, lu, ru]); ಅವಸರದ ಹೋಬಳಿ [avasarada hobali] avasarada hōbaḷi a department, in a palace or of a Government, for emergency works; ಅವಸರದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಜ್ಜಿ ಮೈನೆರೆದಳು [avasaradalli ajji maineredalu] avasaradalli ajji mai neredaḷu (prov.) (said of) something unexpected or unnatural to happen when one is already tense or in a hurry.

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