Dharmartha, Dharmārtha, Dharma-artha: 7 definitions


Dharmartha 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 Dharmarth.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Dharmartha in Mahayana glossary
Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Dharmārtha (धर्मार्थ) refers to the “religious teachings and its purpose”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] The Bodhisattva Gaganagañja then sustained the jewel-canopy of ten thousand yojanas high over the Lord’s lion throne in the sky, joined the palms of his hands, saluted, and praised the Lord with these suitable verses: ‘(1) He who excels in religious teachings and its purpose (dharmārtha), qualities (guṇa), and knowledge (jñāna), who is complete pure, impeccable, pure from his origin, and stainless, who is placed anywhere (apratiṣṭhita) like space (gaganasama) and unmoving (aniñjya), who is of extreme depth (gambhīra) and beyond any range, I bow to him. [...]’”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dharmartha in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dharmārtha (धर्मार्थ).—ad (S) In charity; as a religious gift or act; gratuitously.

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

dharmārtha (धर्मार्थ).—ad In charity; as a religious gift; gratuitously.

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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

[«previous next»] — Dharmartha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dharmārtha (धर्मार्थ).—[masculine] [dual] virtue and wealth; tham [adverb] for a pious purpose.

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

Dharmārtha (धर्मार्थ):—[from dharma > dhara] m. [dual number] religious merit and wealth, [Manu-smṛti ii, 112 etc.]

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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»] — Dharmartha in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Dharmārtha (धर्मार्थ) [Also spelled dharmarth]:—(a) charitable; —[auṣadhālaya] a charitable dispensary; —[nyāsa] a charitable trust.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dharmartha in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dharmārtha (ಧರ್ಮಾರ್ಥ):—[adjective] with a charitable purpose; given freely or free of cost.

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Dharmārtha (ಧರ್ಮಾರ್ಥ):—

1) [noun] the tendency to give kindly and generously.

2) [noun] anything that is given charitably.

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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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