Ekaratra, Ēkarātra, Ekarātra, Eka-ratra: 11 definitions
Ekaratra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Ekarātra (एकरात्र) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.81.159). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Ekarātra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
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.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)
Ekarātra (एकरात्र) (Cf. Ekaniśā) refers to a “single night”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 11), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).— Accordingly, “Jala Ketu is a comet which appears in the west with a raised tail; it is glossy, when it appears there will be prosperity in the land for 9 months, and the world will be freed from all miseries. Bhava Ketu is a comet visible only for a single night [i.e., ekarātra] and in the east, possessing a small disc; it is glossy; the tail is bent like that of a lion. There will be unprecedented happiness in the land for as many months as the number of hours for which it continues to be visible; if it should be fearful to look at, fatal diseases will afflict mankind”.
Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.
Languages of India and abroad
ēkarātra (एकरात्र).—ad Through or during a whole day (of twenty-four hours).
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.
Ekarātra (एकरात्र).—a ceremony lasting one night.
-tram one night; एकरात्रं तु निवसन्नतिथिर्ब्राह्मणः स्मृतः (ekarātraṃ tu nivasannatithirbrāhmaṇaḥ smṛtaḥ) Manusmṛti 3.12.
Derivable forms: ekarātraḥ (एकरात्रः).
Ekarātra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and rātra (रात्र).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-traṃ) One night, a night. E. eka and rātri night.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Ekarātra (एकरात्र).—[masculine] a ceremony lasting one night; [neuter] a night’s (day’s) duration.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Ekarātra (एकरात्र):—[=eka-rātra] [from eka] n. duration of one night, one night, one day and night, [Pāraskara-gṛhya-sūtra; Manu-smṛti iii, 102, etc.]
2) [v.s. ...] m. a particular observance or festival, [Atharva-veda xi, 7, 10; Mahābhārata xiii]
3) [v.s. ...] mfn. during one night.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Ekarātra (एकरात्र):—[eka-rātra] (traṃ) 1. n. One night.
[Sanskrit to German]
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.
1) [noun] one night.
2) [noun] a ceremony lasting one night.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Ekaratratirtha.
Full-text: Ekaratrika, Aikaratrika, Atithi, Ekanisha.
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