Homa; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Homa (होम).—A king belonging to the dynasty of Bharata. He was the son of Kṛśadratha and father of Sutapas. (Bhāgavata, 9th Skandha).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Homa (होम).—A Sukha god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 19.

1b) A mukhya gaṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 18.
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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Homa (होम) refers to a sacrifice performed by the sthapati (master builder) during the ritual of “opening of the eyes”, according to Mānasāra chapter 70.—The sthapati next performs homa, sacrifice of the consecrated fire (reminiscent of the ancient Vedic fire-sacrifice), before bhuvanādhipati in the kuṇḍa, fire-pit. Rice, boiled and fried, c1arified butter, and the samid plant are offered 108 times as holocaust. Pure water is offered twenty-five times, while incanting the formula of the hṛllekhabīja, “seed-syllable that is furrowed in the heart”. This formula is constituted by the praṇava (syllable aum) at the beginning, the seed-syllable, and svāhaḥ at the end. He conc1udes the fire-sacrifice by chanting the gāyatrīmantra.

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

homa : (nt.) oblation.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Homa, (m. & nt.) (fr. hu, juhati) oblation D.I, 9; DA.I, 93 (lohita°). (Page 733)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

hōma (होम).—m (S) Burnt-offering; the casting (of clarified butter, rice &c.) into the fire as an offering to the gods accompanied with prayers or invocations according to the object of the offering. v .

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

hōma (होम).—m Burnt-offering.

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

Homa (होम).—[hu-man]

1) Offering oblations to gods by throwing ghee into the consecrated fire, (one of the five daily Yajñas, to be performed by a Brāhmaṇa, called devayajña q. v.); इष्टिर्यागः । स एवासेचनाधिको होमः (iṣṭiryāgaḥ | sa evāsecanādhiko homaḥ) ŚB. on MS.6.8.7.

2) A burnt offering.

3) A sacrifice; R.3.38; Mb. 12.165.26.

Derivable forms: homaḥ (होमः).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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