Hotra, aka: Hotrā; 4 Definition(s)


Hotra 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Hotra (होत्र).—From the Ṛk;1 the Ṛk formulae uttered by the Hotā in an yajña.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 60. 18.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 4. 12.
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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

hōtra (होत्र).—n (S) An article intended or fit for offering with fire: (as clarified butter, rice & c.) 2 Burnt-offering, oblation with fire.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

hōtra (होत्र).—n An article intended or fit for offering with fire. Oblation with fire.

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

Hotra (होत्र).—[hu-ṣṭran]

1) Anything fit to be offered as an oblation (as ghee).

2) A burnt offering.

3) A sacrifice.

Derivable forms: hotram (होत्रम्).

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Hotrā (होत्रा).—

1) A sacrifice.

2) Praise; सत्त्वेन कुरुते युद्धे राजन् सुबलवानपि । नोद्यमेन न होत्राभिः सर्वाः स्वीकुरुते प्रजाः (sattvena kurute yuddhe rājan subalavānapi | nodyamena na hotrābhiḥ sarvāḥ svīkurute prajāḥ) || Mb.3.33. 69.

3) Ved. Speech.

4) The office of होतृक (hotṛka) priest.

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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