Darshaka, Darśaka: 18 definitions


Darshaka means something in 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.

The Sanskrit term Darśaka can be transliterated into English as Darsaka or Darshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Darshak.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Darshaka in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Darśaka (दर्शक).—A country in ancient India. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 9, Stanza 53).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Darśaka (दर्शक) refers to “showing off (one’s might)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.8 (“The battle between the gods and Asuras”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] In the meantime, the master stopped the war. He prevented Vīrabāhu and others immediately in order to show (darśaka) his own might. At his bidding Vīrabhadra returned from the battle. The heroic leader of the Asuras, Tāraka, was still in his unabated fury. Then the Asura showered arrows on the gods and put them to distress. He was skilful in the use of various missiles in the war. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Darśaka (दर्शक).—A king of Magadha; ruled for 25 years.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 318.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Darśaka (दर्शक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.52) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Darśaka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Darśaka (दर्शक) refers to “revealing”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(The true teacher is dedicated to) truthfulness, ritual purity and cleanliness, compassion, and forbearance; he unites with his wife when it is her season, not out of passion, but for a son for the benefit of (his) clan and lineage. He practices the six magical rites, bathes (regularly) and worships at the three times of day. He avoids the Śūdra and the low caste as well as (accepting food from others), whether cooked or raw. One who is endowed with such qualities is a Brahmin (vipra), not by caste or by virtue of (his) sacred thread (and the like). These are the qualities of a (true) Brahmin. He who possesses them is a (true) teacher. Moreover, he removes error, and he reveals the meaning of the Kula scripture [i.e., kula-śāstra-artha-darśaka]. Previously consecrated, (such a one) should always be made (one’s) teacher”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

darśaka (दर्शक).—a (S) That exhibits, shows, points out. 2 In algebra &c. Index or exponent. 3 That sees or beholds. 4 One conversant with any science or art; a savant or connoisseur.

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

darśaka (दर्शक).—a That exhibits, shows or points out. That sees. (In Algebra) Index or exponent.

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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

Darśaka (दर्शक).—&c. See under दृश् (dṛś).

See also (synonyms): darśa, darśana.

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Darśaka (दर्शक).—a. (- or -rśikā f.) [दृश्-णिच् ण्वुल् (dṛś-ṇic ṇvul)]

1) Seeing, observing &c.

2) Showing, pointing out; विधिप्रयुक्त- सत्कारैः स्वयं मार्गस्य दर्शकः (vidhiprayukta- satkāraiḥ svayaṃ mārgasya darśakaḥ) Kumārasambhava 6.52.

3) Examining, looking out for.

4) Explaining, making clear, elucidating

-kaḥ 1 One who shows or exhibits.

2) A door-keeper, warder.

3) A skilful man, one proficient in any art or science.

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

Darśaka (दर्शक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) Who or what shows, displays, explains, makes clear, &c. m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A door-keeper, a warder. 2. An exhibiter, one who points out or shows any thing. 3. A skilful man, one who is conversant with any science or art, &c. E. dṛś to see, ṇvul aff.

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

Darśaka (दर्शक).—i. e. A. dṛś + aka, adj. 1. Looking, seeing, a spectator, Mahābhārata 13, 5907. 2. Searching, Mahābhārata 1, 5559. B. dṛś, Causal, + aka, adj. 1. Showing, causing to be seen, [Mṛcchakaṭikā, (ed. Stenzler.)] 65, 4; [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 284. 2. Explaining, [Hitopadeśa] [prologue.] [distich] 9, v. r. C. m. pl. The name of a people, Mahābhārata 6, 361.

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

Darśaka (दर्शक).—[adjective] seeing, viewing, looking at, spectator; examining, trying, showing, revealing ([genetive] or —°); [with] lohitasya who fetches blood.

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

1) Darśaka (दर्शक):—[from darśa] mfn. seeing (with [genitive case]), [Pāṇini 2-3, 70; Kāśikā-vṛtti]

2) [v.s. ...] looking at ([accusative]), [Mahābhārata xiii, 5097]

3) [v.s. ...] ifc. looking for, [i, 5559]

4) [v.s. ...] ‘examining’ See akṣa-

5) [v.s. ...] showing, pointing out (with [genitive case] [Kumāra-sambhava vi, 52; Hitopadeśa [Introduction] 10]; ifc. [Mṛcchakaṭikā iv, 20; Bhāgavata-purāṇa i, 13, 38; Rājataraṅgiṇī i]; with lohitasya, making blood appear by striking any one), [Manu-smṛti viii, 284]

6) [v.s. ...] m. a door-keeper, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] a skilful man, [Horace H. Wilson]

8) [v.s. ...] Name of a prince, [Vāyu-purāṇa ii, 37, 312]

9) [v.s. ...] [plural] Name of a people, [Mahābhārata vi, 361.]

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

Darśaka (दर्शक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. A door-keeper; exhibiter; skilful man. a. Seeing.

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

Darśaka (दर्शक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Daṃsaga, Pāsaga, Saccavaya.

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Darshaka 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

[«previous next»] — Darshaka in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Darśaka (दर्शक) [Also spelled darshak]:—(nm) an onlooker, a spectator; visitor; -[kakṣa] visitors' chamber, auditorium; ~[gaṇa] audience; assembly of spectators; —[dīrghā] visitors' gallery.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Darśaka (ದರ್ಶಕ):—

1) [noun] seeing; looking or visualising.

2) [noun] examining or tending to examine.

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Darśaka (ದರ್ಶಕ):—

1) [noun] he who sees (an object) or visualises (something that is abstract).

2) [noun] a man who displays or exhibits (something).

3) [noun] the act of describing (something).

4) [noun] a door-keeper.

5) [noun] a learned man; a scholar.

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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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