Gunakara, aka: Guṇākara, Guna-akara, Guṇakāra, Guna-kara; 8 Definition(s)


Gunakara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Guṇākara (गुणाकर).—A Vānara chief; son of Śveta.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 181 and 241.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Guṇākara (गुणाकर) is one of the ten ministers of Mṛgāṅkadatta: the son of king Amaradatta and Surataprabhā from Ayodhyā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 69. Accordingly: “... and that young prince had ten ministers of his own: [Guṇākara... and others]... They were all of good birth, young, brave and wise, and devoted to their master’s interests. And Mṛgāṅkadatta led a happy life with them in his father’s house, but he did not obtain a suitable wife”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Guṇākara, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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India history and geogprahy

Guṇākara is one of the Brāhmaṇa donees mentioned in the “Asankhali plates of Narasiṃha II” (1302 A.D.). When a grant was made to a large number of Brāhmaṇas, the chief amongst the donees seems to have been called Pānīyagrāhin especially. In the present record, though all the donees (eg., Guṇākara) are referred to as Pāṇigrāhi-mahājana, their list is headed by a Brāhmaṇa with Pāṇigrahī as his surname.

These copper plates (mentioning Guṇākara) were discovered from the house of a Santal inhabitant of Pargana Asankhali in the Mayurbhanj State (Orissa). It was made when king Vīra-Narasiṃhadeva was staying at the Bhairavapura-kaṭaka (city, camp or residence).

Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume XXXI (1955-56)
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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guṇakara (गुणकर).—a (S) corruptly guṇa- kārīka a Efficacious, effective, effectual, potent. 2 guṇakara is further (in poetry) Endowed, gifted, having parts, graces, talents, good qualities;--used esp. of a child.

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guṇākāra (गुणाकार).—m (S) Multiplication. 2 The product of a multiplication. Some modes of multiplication are kōṣṭakī-dhāvarā-baiṭhā-vividha-gu0. Also kapaṭa sindhu.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

guṇakara (गुणकर) [-kāraka-kārī, -कारक-कारी].—a Efficacious, effective, potent. Endowed, having graces, talents, good qualities-a child.

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guṇākāra (गुणाकार).—m Multiplication. The product of a multiplication.

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

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Guṇākara (गुणाकर).—

1) 'a mine of merits', one endowed with all virtues; सृजति तावदशेषगुणाकरं पुरुषरत्न- मलङ्करणं मुवः (sṛjati tāvadaśeṣaguṇākaraṃ puruṣaratna- malaṅkaraṇaṃ muvaḥ) Bh.2.92.

2) Name of Śiva.

Derivable forms: guṇākaraḥ (गुणाकरः).

Guṇākara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms guṇa and ākara (आकर).

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Guṇakāra (गुणकार).—a. productive of good qualities, profitable, salutary. (-raḥ) 1 a cook who prepares sidedishes or any secondary articles of food.

2) an epithet of Bhīma.

3) (in math.) the multiplier.

Guṇakāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms guṇa and kāra (कार).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Guṇākara (गुणाकर).—was probably n. of a former Buddha in orig. text of LV 5.5, after Mahākara (lost by haplography), as indicated by Tibetan yon tan (= guṇa) ḥbyuṅ gnas (= ākara). Is the same personage referred to in LV 73.22 (verse) udāgato Guṇākarasya padma ojavinduko ?

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Guṇākarā (गुणाकरा).—n. of a lokadhātu in the southeast: LV 292.19.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Guṇakāra (गुणकार).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rī-raṃ) Who counts, &c. m.

(-raḥ) A name of Bhimasena E. guṇa and kāra who makes; Bhima performed the duties of a cook at the time when all the Pandava princes become servants to Virat.

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Guṇākara (गुणाकर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Possessing all excellences. m.

(-raḥ) A name of Budd'Ha the founder of the Baudd'ha sect. E. guṇa attribute, especially good, and ākara a mine; a mine of merit.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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