Jalacara, Jala-cara: 11 definitions



Jalacara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Jalachara.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Jalacara (जलचर) is the name of a deity summoned by the Yamāntaka-mantra and mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Jalacara).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

jalacara : (adj.) living in the water; aquatic. (m.), a fish.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

jalacara (जलचर).—n (S) A water-animal. 2 fig. A foreigner from over the seas.

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

jalacara (जलचर).—n A water-animal.

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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

Jalacara (जलचर).—a. (also jalecara) aquatic. (-raḥ) 1 an aquatic animal.

2) a fish.

3) any kind of water-fowl. °आजीवः, °जीवः (ājīvaḥ, °jīvaḥ) a fisherman.

Jalacara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jala and cara (चर).

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

Jalacara (जलचर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rī-raṃ) Aquatic, amphibious, going in or into water. E. jala and, and cara what goes. jale carati cara-ṭhak .

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

Jalacara (जलचर).—[jala-cara], n. An aquatic animal, [Pañcatantra] 50, 7.

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

Jalacara (जलचर).—[masculine] aquatic animal, fish.

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

1) Jalacara (जलचर):—[=jala-cara] [from jala] m. ‘water-goer’, an aquatic animal, [Rāmāyaṇa i, 44, 33; Pañcatantra; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Laghujātaka, by Varāha-mihira]

2) [v.s. ...] a fish, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā iii, 12]

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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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