Darada, aka: Daradā, Dārada, Dara-da; 8 Definition(s)


Darada means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Darada (दरद, “Cinnabar”):—Sanskrit technical term used in Rasaśāstra literature (Medicinal Alchemy) such as the Rasaprakāśasudhākara or the Rasaratna-samuccaya. Darada is an ingredient which can be used in combinations with Rasa (mercury) in various recipes.

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Darada (दरद).—King of an ancient country known as Bālhīka. It is stated in Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Stanza 58 that this King was the incarnation of a portion of the asura named Sūrya. At the time of his birth the earth was cleaved because of his weight.

2) Darada (दरद).—An ancient country in North East India. The people of this country were called the Daradas. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 27, that Arjuna conquered this country during his conquest of countries. The Daradas paid tribute to Yudhiṣṭhira. During their forest-life the Pāṇḍavas had passed through the country of the Daradas. At the beginning of the Bhārata-battle, the Pāṇḍavas had sent invitation to the Daradas also. But they fought on the side of the Kauravas. Mention is made in Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 70, Stanza 11 that Śrī Kṛṣṇa had conquered the Darada country. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 121, that in the battle of Bhārata the Daradas attacked Sātyaki and that Sātyaki killed them.

3) Darada (दरद).—A tribe. At first they were Kṣatriyas. They grew jealous of the Brāhmaṇas and so they were changed to Śūdras. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 35, Stanza 17).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Darada (दरद).—A Mahāratha; was stationed on the southern gate of Mathurā, and on the western gate of Gomanta by Jarāsandha when he besieged them.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 50. 11 [3]; 52. 11 [12].

1b) A northern kingdom noted for horses;1 a tribe.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 49; 18. 47; 31. 83; IV. 16. 17; Matsya-purāṇa 121. 46; 144. 57.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 118; 47. 44-5; 58. 83; 98. 108.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Darada (दरद) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.24.22, II.48.12, III.48.20, III.174.12, VI.10.66, VI.46.49, VI.47.16, VI.112.109, VIII.51.18) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Darada) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

daraḍa (दरड).—f (darad S) A bank, whether a steep acclivity or a high piece of ground.

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daraḍa (दरड).—n f R W Thick-growing grass. 2 Overgrown state with weeds and rank herbs, weediness.

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darada (दरद).—f m ( P) Ailment, disorder, disease; esp. used of an obstinately lingering remnant. 2 fig. Care, concern, regard, interest, feeling (for, about, in). 3 fig. The point, sting, beauty, spirit, significance (of a speech, a composition &c.) 4 m S Vermilion.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

daraḍa (दरड).—f m A bank, mount. n f Thick growing grass.

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darada (दरद).—f m Ailment, disorder, disease; esp used of an obstinately lingering remnant. Fig. Care, concern, regard, interest (for,about,in). Fig. The point, sting, beauty, spirit, significance ( a speech, composition &c.).

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

Daradā (दरदा).—m. (pl.) A country bordering of Kashmir.

-daḥ Fear, terror.

-dam Red lead.

Derivable forms: daradāḥ (दरदाः).

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Dārada (दारद).—

1) Quicksilver.

2) The ocean.

-daḥ, -dam Vermilion.

-dāḥ people of the Dārada country.

Derivable forms: dāradaḥ (दारदः).

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Darada (दरद).—a. causing fear.

Darada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dara and da (द).

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Darada (दरद).—vermilion.

Derivable forms: daradaḥ (दरदः), daradam (दरदम्).

Darada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dara and da (द).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Darada (दरद).—mf.

(-daḥ-dā) A country bordering on Kashmir, the mountains about Kashmir and above Peshawar. m.

(-daḥ) 1. Fear, terror. 2. A tribe of barbarians. E. ac added to the former.

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Dārada (दारद).—m.

(-daḥ) 1. A sort of poison, one brought from the country named Darad. 2. Quicksilver. 3. Vermilion. 4. The ocean. E. darada a country, &c. affix aṇ .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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