Ekara, Ekāra, Ekarā, Eka-ra, Ēkarā: 11 definitions


Ekara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Ekāra (एकार).—The 11th Manu from the 11th face of the fourteen faced deva of piśaṅga colour.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 26. 43.
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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Ekāra (एकार).—The letter ए; looked upon as a diphthong (संध्यक्षर (saṃdhyakṣara)) made up of the letters अ (a) and इ. The combination of the two constituent parts is so complete as cannot allow any of the two parts to be independently working for saṃdhi or any other operation with its adjoining letter; cf नाव्यपवृत्तस्य अवयवे तद्विधिर्यथा द्रव्येषु (nāvyapavṛttasya avayave tadvidhiryathā dravyeṣu) M. Bh. Śivasūtra 3 Vārt. 9.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Ekāra (एकार) refers to the “letter E”, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “The letter E shape [e.g., ekāra-ākṛti], abode of strong essence, the womb space of the lotus, Therein the midst, a secret Vaṃ, a beautiful bowl, the origin of all one’s self, An abode of perfectly pure awakened omniscience, beautiful divine power, And I, innately pure, praise the highest pleasure, the innate heroic couple”.

Source: academia.edu: Elements of Newar Buddhist Art (EB)

Ekāra (एकार) refers to “the letter e” (symbolizing Dharmodaya—“an inverted triangle symbolizing the female principle”) (Cf. Evam).—According to the Sādhanamālā no. 97, “Dharmodaya is akin to sky, and appears like the vowel e [Brāhmī script] because it has a wide upper section and narrow pointed lower section”.—Since this vulvate triangle resembles the vowel e in Brāhmī script it was also known as ekāra—“the letter e”. The interlocking double triangles motif was actually known to the Buddhist as evam or evaṃkāra, signifying non-dual unity of the female principle e and the male principle vam, a syllabic letter in ancient Indian scripts which was visualized as an upright triangle.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ekarā (एकरा).—Name of a daughter of Śiva, a deity.

Ekarā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and (रा).

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

Ekāra (एकार).—[masculine] the sound e.

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

Ekāra (एकार):—[=e-kāra] [from e] m. the letter or sound e, [Taittirīya-prātiśākhya etc.]

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Ekara 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

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Ekāra (एकार):—(nm) the vowel e ([e]) and its sound; ~[rāṃta] (a word) ending in e ([e]).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ekara (ಎಕರ):—[noun] a man of object nature or conduct.

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Ekāra (ಎಕಾರ):—[noun] the letter 'ಎ'.

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Ēkāra (ಏಕಾರ):—[noun] the letter 'ಏ'.

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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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Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Ēkarā (ஏகரா) noun < English See ஏக்கர். [ekkar.]

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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