Bhoka, Bhōka: 5 definitions

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Bhoka means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi, biology. 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 Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Bhoka (भोक) refers to one of the items held in the left hand of Heruka: one of the main deities of the Herukamaṇḍala described in the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Heruka is positioned in the Lotus (padma) at the center; He is the origin of all heroes; He has 17 faces (with three eyes on each) and 76 arms [holding, for example, bhoka]; He is half black and half green in color; He is dancing on a flaming sun placed on Bhairava and Kālarātrī.—Note: The Tibetan translation is also bho kaṃ. In the Ḍākārṇava (29.3 c), a Tibetan translation for that term is mdung, meaning “lance”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha (history)

Bhoka (भोक) refers to a mythical tribe identified withe Bokkasa, as mentioned in the 8th-century Kuvalayamālā written by Uddyotanasūri, a Prakrit Campū (similar to Kāvya poetry) narrating the love-story between Prince Candrāpīḍa and the Apsaras Kādambarī.—The Kuvalayamala (779 A.D.) is full of cultural material which gains in value because of the firm date of its composition. [...] On page 2.9 occurs a list of peoples in a country in which persons are born: [i.e., Bokkasa] [...]

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Bhoka in India is the name of a plant defined with Abutilon indicum in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Sida populifolia Lam. (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Numer. List (1852)
· Centuria II. Plantarum (1756)
· Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskabs Naturvidenskabelige og Mathematiske Afhandlinger (1829)
· Blumea (1966)
· Taxon (1982)
· Prodr. Flora Indica, or ‘Descriptions of Indian Plants’ Orient. (1834)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhōka (भोक) [or भोंक, bhōṅka].—n (bhūka S) A perforation or bore: also a hole gen. 2 fig. Hollowness, emptiness, un- substantialness (esp. of that which bears a fair outside). Ex. bāhēra sāvakārī mōṭhī disatī parantu ānta sārēṃ bhōṅka āhē.

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bhōkā (भोका).—m C (Usually bōkā) A male cat.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

bhōka (भोक).—n A hole. Fig. Emptiness. Barking.

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bhōkā (भोका).—m A male cat.

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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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