Dvapara, aka: Dvāpara; 5 Definition(s)
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Dvāpara (द्वापर).—Its nature; worship of Hari by service;1 form of Hari as worshipped in;2 Parāśara taught Bhāgavata to his son in this yuga;3 a Vaiśya among the yugas; a period of wars.4 Here Vyasa incarnates; duration of;5 Yajña the chief thing besides war; a combination of rajas and tamas;6 in the second Dvāpara Dhanvantari took birth as a man;7 Dharma's state of anxiety; Śmṛti and Śruti quoted as authorities; but different opinions advanced. Rise of the Śākhas, and the Angas.8
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 2. 39; 3. 22-52.
- 2) Ib. XI. 5. 27-31.
- 3) Ib. 1. 4. 14; II. 1. 8.
- 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 78. 36-7.
- 5) Matsya-purāṇa 53. 9; 142. 17, 23 and 26; 144. 1-5; Vāyu-purāṇa 3. 21; 32. 61.
- 6) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 7. 21; Vāyu-purāṇa 8. 66.
- 7) Ib. 92. 17.
- 8) Ib. 58. 3-29.
The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Dvāpara (द्वापर) or Dvāparayuga refers to the “twofold age” and represents the third of the “four ages” (yuga) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 88). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., dvāpara). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Languages of India and abroad
dvāpara (द्वापर).—m (S) pop. dvāpāra m The third of the four yuga or great periods comprising 864,000 years.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
dvāpāra (द्वापार).—n The 3rd of the four yuga.
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dvāpara (द्वापर).—n The 3rd of the four yuga.(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
Dvāpara (द्वापर).—[dvābhyāṃ satyatretāyugābhyāṃ paraḥ pṛṣo° Tv.]
1) Name of the third Yuga of the world; Ms.9.31; अष्टौ शत- सहस्राणि वर्षाणां मानुषाणि तु । चतुःषष्टिः सहस्राणि वर्षाणां द्वापरं युगम् (aṣṭau śata- sahasrāṇi varṣāṇāṃ mānuṣāṇi tu | catuḥṣaṣṭiḥ sahasrāṇi varṣāṇāṃ dvāparaṃ yugam) || Matsya P.
2) The side of a die marked with two points.
3) Doubt, suspense, uncertainty.
4) A kind of deity; द्वापरं शकुनिः प्राप धृष्टद्युम्नस्तु पावकम् (dvāparaṃ śakuniḥ prāpa dhṛṣṭadyumnastu pāvakam) Mb.18.5.21; N.13.37.
Derivable forms: dvāparaḥ (द्वापरः), dvāparam (द्वापरम्).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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