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Dhara, aka: Dhārā, Dhāra, Dharā; 5 Definition(s)


Dhara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Dhārā (धारा) denotes the ‘edge’ of a weapon, as of an axe (svadhitì), or of a razor (kṣura).3 See also Asi.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism


1) Dhārā, 2 (f.) (Sk. dhārā, from dhāvati 2.) the edge of a weapon J.I, 455; VI, 449; DhA 317; DA.I, 37.—(adj.) (-°) having a (sharp) edge J.I, 414 (khura°) Miln.105 (sukhuma°); ekato°-ubhato° single- & double-edged J.I, 73 (asi); IV, 12 (sattha). (Page 341)

2) Dhārā, 1 (f.) (Sk. dhārā, from dhāvati 1) torrent, stream, flow, shower D.I, 74 (sammā° an even or seasonable shower; DA.I, 218=vuṭṭhi); II, 15 (udakassa, streams); J.I, 31; Ps.I, 125 (udaka°); Pv.II, 970 (sammā°); VvA.4 (hingulika°); PvA.139; DhA.IV, 15 (assu°); Sdhp.595 (vassa°). (Page 341)

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Dhara, (usually —°, except at Miln.420) (adj.) (Sk. dhara, to dhr see dharati) bearing, wearing, keeping; holding in mind, knowing by heart. Freq. in phrase dhammadhara (knowing the Dhamma, q. v.), vinaya°, mātikā° e.g. D.II, 125. dhamma° also Sn.58; Th.1, 187; Nd2 319; vinaya° Miln.344; jaṭājina° Sn.1010. See also dhāra. (Page 339)

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Dhāra, (adj.) (-°) (Sk. dhāra to dhāreti; cp. dhara) bearing, holding, having D.I, 74 (udaka-rahado sītavāri°); M I.281 (ubhato°) Sn.336 (ukkā°); It.101 (antimadeha°), 108 (ukkā°). See also dhārin. (Page 340)

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

dhara : (adj.) (in cpds.) bearing; holding; keeping in mind; wearing.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

about this context:

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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Dhara (धर) is the father of Padmaprabha according to Śvetāmbara (according to Digambara he is named Dharaṇa), according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri). Padmaprabha is the sixth of twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras in Janism. A Tīrthaṅkara is an enlightened being who has conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leaving behind him a path for others to follow.

The wife of Dhara is is Susīmā. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

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