Karu, aka: Kāru; 5 Definition(s)


Karu 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)

Kāru (कारु).—A mountain of the Bhāratavarṣa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 92.
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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Kāru (कारु, “craftsman”) refers a member of a theatrical party, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35. Accordingly, “one who fashions different objects out of lac, stone, metal and wood, is called a craftsman (kāru)”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

kāru (कारु).—m (S) An artificer or artisan. 2 A common term for the twelve balutēdāra q. v. Also kārunāru m pl q. v. in nārukāru.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kārū (कारू).—m An artisan, artificer; term for the 12 balutēdāra.

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

Kāru (कारु).—a. (- f.) [कृ-उण् (kṛ-uṇ) Uṇ.1.1]

1) A maker, doer, an agent, servant; राघवस्य ततः कार्यं कारुर्वानरपुङ्गवः (rāghavasya tataḥ kāryaṃ kārurvānarapuṅgavaḥ) Bk.7.28.

2) An artisan, mechanic, artist; कारुभिः कारितं तेन कृत्रिमं स्वप्नहेतवे (kārubhiḥ kāritaṃ tena kṛtrimaṃ svapnahetave) Vb.1.13; इति स्म सा कारुतरेण लेखितं नलस्य च स्वस्य च सख्यमीक्षते (iti sma sā kārutareṇa lekhitaṃ nalasya ca svasya ca sakhyamīkṣate) N.1.38; Y.2.249,1.187; Ms.5.129;1.12. (They are :-takṣā ca tantravāyaśca nāpito rajakastathā | pañcamaścarmakāraśca kāravaḥ śilpino matāḥ ||)

3) Terrible, horrible; जरेति क्षयमाहुर्वै दारुणं कारुसंज्ञितम् (jareti kṣayamāhurvai dāruṇaṃ kārusaṃjñitam) Mb.1.4.3.

-ruḥ 1 An epithet of विश्वकर्मन् (viśvakarman) the architect of the gods.

2) An art, a science.

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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