Daka, Ḍāka, Dāka, Ḍakā: 16 definitions


Daka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, 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 Daak.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

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

Ḍakā (डका) refers to a “drum” and represents 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, ḍakā]; He is half black and half green in color; He is dancing on a flaming sun placed on Bhairava and Kālarātrī.

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Ḍakā (डका) (or Ḍhakkā) refers to a type of drum and represents one of the objects held in the thirty-eight right hands of Heruka: the main deity positioned in the center of the Lotus in the Sahaja (“innate”) layer of the Herukamaṇḍala: a five-fold maṇḍala that is widely taught in the scriptures belonging to the Saṃvara scriptural tradition.—Heruka in the Ḍākārṇava has seventeen faces (with three eyes on each) and seventy-six arms [holding, for example, the ḍakā drum]. His body is half black and half green. [...]

Note: This drum is named ḍukkā and ḍukā in the parallel parts in the Ḍākārṇava (10.46 c) and (29.3 c), respectively. There is also a possibility that this derives from huḍukkā, a kind of drum.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

daka : (nt.) water.

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

Daka, (nt.) (=udaka, aphæretic from combinations like sītodaka which was taken for sīto+daka instead of sīt’odaka) Vin.III, 112; S.III, 85; A.II, 33=Nd2 420 B3 (: the latter has udaka, but Nd1 14 daka).

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Ḍāka, (m. nt.) (Sk. sāka (nt.) on ś›ḍ cp. Sk. sākinī› dākinī) green food, eatable herbs, vegetable Vin.I, 246 (°rasa), 248; Th.2, 1; Vv 206 (v. l. sāka); VvA.99 (=taṇḍuleyyakādi-sākavyañjana). (Page 291)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ḍāka (डाक).—f ( H) A disposition (of horses, runners, bearers) along a road to convey the post or travelers. 2 R A necromancy among Shudras,--certain rites to raise the spirit of a defunct and make him speak. 3 A musical instrument used on the above occasion and on occasions of gōndhaḷa.

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

ḍāka (डाक).—f A disposition (of horses, runners &c.) along a road to convey the post or travellers.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ḍāka (डाक).—An imp (attending Kālī).

Derivable forms: ḍākaḥ (डाकः).

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Daka (दक).—Water; as in दकोदर (dakodara).

Derivable forms: dakam (दकम्).

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Dāka (दाक).—

1) A giver, donor.

2) An institutor of a sacrifice (who employs and pays the priests.).

Derivable forms: dākaḥ (दाकः).

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Dāka (दाक).—&c. See under दा ().

See also (synonyms): dāti, dātṛ, dāna, dānu.

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

Daka (दक).—(nt.; = Pali id., for Sanskrit udaka; rare in Sanskrit except dakodara, dropsy, Suśr., but see Schmidt, Nach- träge), water: khaṇḍaghaṭakaṃ dakasya (v.l. uda°) Mahāvastu ii.429.17 (prose); daka-rākṣasa, water-ogre, = udaka°, q.v., Mahāvastu iii.11.19 (v.l. ud°); 29.14, 15; Divyāvadāna 105.3 ff.; daka-candra, moon in water, = udaka-c°, q.v., māyā- marīcī-dakacandrakalpā Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 250.2 (verse; read so, or with v.l. °marīcy-ūd°, m.c.; Nobel unmetrical(ly)); marīci-dakacan- dra-samāḥ Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 51.16 (verse); dakacandra also Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 542.12 (prose) and Śikṣāsamuccaya 204.15 (verse, cited from Lalitavistara which reads udacandra, q.v.); in Divyāvadāna 231.1 (prose) read, uparimaṃ dakaskandham ādāya (see s.v. skandha 1); other cpds., [Page260-2b+ 14] Mahāvastu ii.152.13; 171.5 (these are prose); Gaṇḍavyūha 27.21 (verse, could be m.c.).

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

Daka (दक).—n.

(-kaṃ) Water. E. See udaka, the initial vowel being dropped.

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Dāka (दाक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A donor, one who makes presents, especially to Brahmans. 2. A sacrificer, one who pays all the expenses of the ceremony, and employs the officiating priests. E. to give, ka Unadi aff.

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

1) Ḍāka (डाक):—m. an imp attending Kālī, [Kālacakra v, 38.]

2) Daka (दक):—n. = ud, water, [Phetkāriṇī-tantra xvii]

3) cf. dagārgala.

4) Dāka (दाक):—[from ] m. a donor, [Uṇādi-sūtra iii, 40 [Scholiast or Commentator]]

5) [v.s. ...] a sacrificer, [ib.]

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

1) Daka (दक):—(kaṃ) 1. n. Water.

2) Dāka (दाक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. A donor; a sacrifice.

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

Daka (दक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Daga, Daya.

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Daka 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Ḍāka (डाक) [Also spelled daak]:—(nf) mail, post, dak; -[kharca] postage; ~[khānā] a post office; -[gāḍī] a mail train; ~[ghara] a post office; -[baṃgalā] a dak bungalow, a rest house for officials, etc.; -[bhāra] postage; -[vyaya] postage.

2) Ḍākā (डाका):—(nm) a dacoity; ~[janī] commitment of (a series of) dacoities; —[ḍālanā] to rob, to commit a dacoity; —[ḍālanā, ijjata para] to rob one of one’s honour; to make an assualt on one’s modesty.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Daka (ದಕ):—[noun] water.

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Dāka (ದಾಕ):—[noun] = ದಾಕು [daku]1.

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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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