Kripakara, Kṛpākara, Kripa-akara: 6 definitions


Kripakara 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.

The Sanskrit term Kṛpākara can be transliterated into English as Krpakara or Kripakara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kripakara in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kṛpākara (कृपाकर) refers to the “one who is merciful” and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.42 (“Description of the meeting of the Lord and the Mountain”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Seeing Śiva in front, Himavat bowed to Him. [...] He looked benevolent to the people. Being one He had assumed different physical bodies for his own reasons. He was Brahman itself, the lord of all and the bestower of boons. He was both with or without attributes, subservient to the devotees, merciful (kṛpākara), greater than primordial Being and primordial nature, Existence, Knowledge and Bliss itself. [...]”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Kripakara in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Kṛpākara (कृपाकर) refers to “(one who is) compassionate”, according to the Haṭhapradīpikā of Svātmārāma: an influential 15th-century Sanskrit manual on Hatha-Yoga dealing with techniques to channel one’s vital energy.—Accordingly, “The compassionate (kṛpākara) Svātmārāma presents the Haṭhapradīpikā for those ignorant of Rājayoga because of their confusion in the darkness of many [conflicting] opinions”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kṛpākara (कृपाकर).—extremely compassionate.

Derivable forms: kṛpākaraḥ (कृपाकरः).

Kṛpākara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kṛpā and ākara (आकर). See also (synonyms): kṛpāsāgara, kṛpāsindhu.

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

Kṛpākara (कृपाकर):—[from kṛpā > kṛp] m. ‘a mine of compassion’, extremely compassionate, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

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Kripakara 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»] — Kripakara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kṛpākara (ಕೃಪಾಕರ):—[noun] = ಕೃಪಾಳು [kripalu].

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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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