Bhojaka: 12 definitions



Bhojaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra

Bhojaka (भोजक) refers to “one who is a glutton”, representing an undesirable characteristic of an Ācārya, according to the 9th-century Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra Ādikāṇḍa chapter 3.—The Lord said:—“I will tell you about the Sthāpakas endowed with perverse qualities. He should not construct a temple with those who are avoided in this Tantra. [...] He should not hate the Ācārya, Putraka and others, be a servant of others, a glutton (bhojaka), attendant, prone to disasters, wicked or afflicted with disease. [...] A god enshrined by any of these named above (viz., bhojaka), is in no manner a giver of fruit. If a building for Viṣṇu is made anywhere by these excluded types (viz., bhojaka) then that temple will not give rise to enjoyment and liberation and will yield no reward, of this there is no doubt”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Religious Inclusivism in the Writings of an Early Modern Sanskrit Intellectual (Dharmashastra)

Bhojaka (भोजक) refers to the “worshippers of the Sun”.—Two centuries after Kumārila, Medhātithi (ninth century), in his commentary on the Manusmṛti, repeats Kumārila’s argument for the exclusion of traditions that are ‘external’ to the Veda: “In this way, all those [people who are] external [to the Veda], such as the worshippers of the Sun (bhojaka), the followers of the Pāñcarātra, the Jains, the Buddhists (followers of the no-self doctrine), the Pāśupatas and others, hold that the authors of their own doctrines are exceptional persons (puruṣātiśaya) and special deities (devatāviśeṣa) who have had direct experience of the truth they teach. They do not claim that their religious practices derive from the Veda (vedamūla) [and] their teachings contain doctrines that directly contradict the Veda”.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Bhojaka.—(IE 8-2; EI 1; 27; HD; LL), a Jāgīrdār; title of a feudatory; cf. the feminine form Bhojikī; also Mahā- bhoja. See Ep. Ind., Vol. I, p. 5. (EI 3; CII 3), a priest; title of a class of priests. Cf. Tamil pośar (SITI), one who enjoys a thing; the possessor. Note: bhojaka is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

See also (synonyms): Bhoja.

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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

bhojaka : (m.) one who feeds; a collector of revenues.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Bhojaka, (fr. bhuj, bhojeti) 1. one who provides food, attendant at meals J. V, 413.—2. (is this from bhuñjati2 & bhujissa?) one who draws the benefit of something, owner, holder, in gāma° landholder, village headman (see Dial. I. 108 n. & Fick, Sociale Gliederung 104 sq.) J. I, 199, 354, 483; II, 135 (=gāmapati, gāmajeṭṭhaka); V, 413; DhA. I, 69. Cp. bhojanaka. (Page 510)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhojaka (भोजक).—a. [bhuj ṇic ṇvul]

1) Causing to eat, feeding, nourishing; दैवे पित्र्ये च भोजकः (daive pitrye ca bhojakaḥ) Y.2.35.

2) An eater.

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

Bhojaka (भोजक).—[adjective] eating (—°) or *about to eat.

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

1) Bhojaka (भोजक):—[from bhoga] mfn. eating (See bahu-bh)

2) [v.s. ...] being about to eat, [Pāṇini 3-3, 10 [Scholiast or Commentator]]

3) [v.s. ...] ([from] [Causal]) giving to eat, nourishing, [Yājñavalkya]

4) [v.s. ...] m. (perhaps) a waiter at table, [Kāmandakīya-nītisāra]

5) [v.s. ...] Name of a class of priests (or Sun-worshippers, supposed to be descended from the Magas by intermarriage with women of the Bhoja race), [Catalogue(s)]

6) [v.s. ...] an astrologer, [Harṣacarita]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of a king, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

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

Bhojaka (भोजक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Bhuaga, Bhuṃjaga, Bhuṃjāvaya, Bhoaga.

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Bhojaka 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

Bhōjaka (ಭೋಜಕ):—

1) [noun] he who eats (food) an eater.

2) [noun] a man who is given or enjoying the tax-free gift of a village, land, etc.

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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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