Kariri, Karīrī, Kārīrī: 5 definitions


Kariri means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Karīrī (करीरी):—One of the sixty-four Divyauṣadhi, which are powerful drugs for solidifying mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Kavya (poetry)

Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Kārīrī (कारीरी) refers to a Vedic rite performed to bring rain, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 18.6 and 21.37. The rite is called Kārīrī, because flour made from a plant named Karīra is mixed with honey and used in making balls (piṇḍī) for the purpose of oblations. A characteristic feature of the rite is that the sacrificer puts on black clothing, a symbol of the colour of the rain clouds. The Maruts are addressed as follows:—“ramayata marutaḥ śyenamāyinaṃ manojavasaṃ vṛṣa?? suvṛktim”. The flour is mixed with honey by addressing the waters, of which eleven names are recorded. See Taittirīyasaṃhitā (Ānandāśrama edition) 2.4.7ff and Sāyaṇa thereon. As regards Karīra, Sāyaṇa describes it as the sprout of a creeper resembling the Soma plant. In another place (1.8.3) he says that according to some, it is the fruit of the date palm. The usual meaning of the word is “bamboo-shoot”. Cf. Naiṣadha 5.14; 9.12; Māgha 4.14 (vaṃśakarīranīlaiḥ).

Kārīrī is called Meghavṛṣṭi by Hemacandra in Dvyāśraya-kāvya 8.105.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

Source: SOAS: Philosophy of Advaita Vedānta according to Madhusūdana Sarasvatī's Gūḍhārthadīpikā

Kārīrī (कारीरी) refers to a “sacrifice performed to have rainfall” representing a Vedic rituals performed for some personal gain.—Each chapter of the Bhagavadgītā describes various aspects of the means to liberation (mukti/mokṣa), which is considered the highest good in Vedānta. Śaṃkara also holds the purpose of the Bhagavadgītā to be the attainment of liberation, quickly declaring knowledge of the self, preceded by renunciation of all actions to be its means. The performance of disinterested actions, i.e. actions performed after renouncing its fruits, is combined with the forsaking of both those Vedic rituals that are performed solely out of desire for some personal gain (kāmyakarma). These are: performance of the jyotiṣṭoma sacrifice in order to attain the heaven, performance of the putreṣṭi sacrifice in order to have a son, performance of the kārīrī sacrifice to have rainfall (vṛṣṭikāmaḥ kārīryā yajeta) etc.—(See Nikhilananda 1997: VS 1.7, p. 4 and Bhattacharya and Bhattacharya Śāstrī 1978-83: Vol. 3, part 1, p. 43).

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kārīrī (कारीरी):—[from kārīra] f. ([scilicet] iṣṭi) ‘connected with the fruit of the plant Capparis aphylla’, a sacrifice in which this fruit is used, [Maitrāyaṇī-saṃhitā; Kāṭhaka etc.]

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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

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Karīri (ಕರೀರಿ):—[noun] = ಕರೀರ [karira]2.

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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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