Hahakara, Hāhākāra, Haha-kara: 11 definitions



Hahakara means something in 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 Hahakar.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)

Hāhākāra (हाहाकार) or Hāhākāratantra refers to one of the twenty Bhūtatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Hāhākāra-tantra belonging to the Bhūta class.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Hāhākāra (हाहाकार) refers to “piteous cry of distress”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.19. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] when the lord of Devas spoke thus furiously, all the people including Devas, sages and human beings trembled. There was a piteous cry of distress (hāhākāra). Everywhere tense suspense prevailed. Then I who wanted to delude Him was myself deluded”.

Hāhākāra (हाहाकार) or simply Hāhā refers to “exclamations of Hā Hā!”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.30. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] When people were saying thus on seeing the self-immolation of Satī, her attendants rose up in anger with their weapons. They had been waiting near the door numbering sixty thousand. Those powerful attendants of lord Śiva became furious. Those attendants of Śiva shouted exclamations—Hā Hā [viz., hāhākāra], fie, fie, no, no, loudly and frequently. The quarters were pervaded with the shouts of Hā, Hā. The Devas and sages who had assembled there were struck with fear”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

hāhākāra (हाहाकार).—m (S) A general or a great lamentation or wailing.

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

hāhākāra (हाहाकार).—m A general or a great lamenata- tion or wailing.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hāhākāra (हाहाकार).—

1) a grief, lamentation, loud wailing.

2) the din or uproar of battle.

Derivable forms: hāhākāraḥ (हाहाकारः).

Hāhākāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms hāhā and kāra (कार).

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

Hāhākāra (हाहाकार).—(m.; in Sanskrit and MIndic recorded only of grief, except once in [Boehtlingk] said to be used in urging on horses; but Sanskrit Lex. cite hā also as indicative of joy, and there is one doubtful literary occurrence of hā-hā in this sense, [Boehtlingk and Roth] s.v. 3 hā, end), a sound of joy: ati-r-iva udvilyaharṣā °raṃ udīretsuḥ Mahāvastu i.266.14; °ra-kilikilā- prakṣveḍita-śabdaḥ Mahāvyutpatti 2800 (Tibetan a-la-la, interj. of joy).

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

Hāhākāra (हाहाकार).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. The noise or uproar of battle 2. A great lamentation or wailing, sound of grief or pity. E. hāhā interjection of pain, kāra making.

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

Hāhākāra (हाहाकार).—[hā-hā-kāra], m. 1. Lamentation. 2. The uproar of battle, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 2. ed. 78, 71.

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

Hāhākāra (हाहाकार).—[masculine] the exclamation hāhā.

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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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