Indracapa, Indracāpa, Indra-capa, Imdracapa: 10 definitions


Indracapa 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Indrachapa.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Indracapa in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Indracāpa (इन्द्रचाप) refers to a “rainbow”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 2), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “A true Astrologer is also one who has thoroughly mastered the Science of Saṃhitā. [...] It treats of indradhvaja, of the rainbow [i.e., indracāpa] and of architecture; of the prediction of events from casual words and gestures and from the cawing of crows; of the formation of zodiacal circles for purposes of horary astrology. It treats of the prediction of future events from phenomena connected with the deer, the dog and the motions of the wind; of the construction of temples, towers and palaces; of the casting of images and of founding the same; of the growth of plants and trees; of under currents; of certain annual ceremonies to be performed by princes for success in war. [...]”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Indracapa in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

indracāpa (इंद्रचाप).—m S indradhanuṣya n S indradhanu m S (Bow of Indra.) The rainbow.

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

indracāpa (इंद्रचाप).—m dhanuṣya n dhanu m The rainbow.

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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

[«previous next»] — Indracapa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Indracāpa (इन्द्रचाप).—n.

1) a rainbow; विद्युत्वन्तं ललितवनिताः सेन्द्रचापं सचित्राः (vidyutvantaṃ lalitavanitāḥ sendracāpaṃ sacitrāḥ) Meghadūta 64; Śiśupālavadha 7.4.

2) the bow of Indra

Derivable forms: indracāpam (इन्द्रचापम्).

Indracāpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms indra and cāpa (चाप). See also (synonyms): indradhanus.

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

Indracāpa (इन्द्रचाप).—m. the rainbow, [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 65.

Indracāpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms indra and cāpa (चाप).

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

Indracāpa (इन्द्रचाप).—[masculine] Indra's bow, i.e. the rain-bow.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Indracāpa (इन्द्रचाप):—[=indra-cāpa] [from indra] m. n. Indra’s bow, the rainbow, [Mahābhārata; Meghadūta; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

[Sanskrit to German]

Indracapa in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Indracapa in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Iṃdracāpa (ಇಂದ್ರಚಾಪ):—

1) [noun] a luminous arc showing the prismatic colours, appearing opposite the sun during rain, caused by the reflection, double refraction and dispersion of the sun’s rays passing through the drops; a rainbow.

2) [noun] any similar effect or display of colours.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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