Kulacara, Kūlacara, Kula-acara, Kula-cara: 12 definitions


Kulacara 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 Kulachara.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

The following animals:—

  • the elephant,
  • the Gavaya,
  • buffalo,
  • Rum (an animal of the deer species which casts its antlers and wanders roaming about in the forests in autumn)
  • Chamara,
  • Srimara (an animal of the Zebra species with green and red stripes),
  • Rohita (red deer),
  • boar (varāha),
  • rhinoceros,
  • Gokarna,
  • Kālapuchchaka,
  • together with the Nynku (a species of antlered deer)
  • and the wild cow, etc.,

frequent the cool shores of swamps and lakes, and are accordingly included within the group of Kulacharas (‘shore-dwellers’ or ‘those which live on the banks’).

The flesh of an animal of this group is spermatopoietic and destroys the deranged Vāyu and Kapham. It is sweet in taste and digestion, cooling, tonic, demulcent and diuretic, and increases the quantity of Kapham.

The Kūlacara is a sub-group of the Ānupa group (those that frequent marshy places).

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Kulācāra (कुलाचार) or Kulaprakriyā refers to the “practice of Kaula”.—The Tantric paradigm presents itself in the Sanskrit sources in two modalities that came to be called Tantric (tantrācāra) and Kaula (kulācāra). [...] The Kaula is ‘fierce’ and energetic. The main deities generally have fierce or ‘erotic’ forms, as do their attendants. Female forms are generally dominant. The goddesses, fierce or ‘erotic’, major or minor, are Yoginīs. These are of many varieties and are in huge numbers. Animal sacrifice and the offering of bodily substances are the norm. The latter may include sexual fluids obtained through ritual intercourse. Initiation into these cults involves the penetration of the deity into the worshipper who is ‘pierced’ by its energy.

2) Kulācāra (कुलाचार) refers to the “Kula practice”, according to the Kulakaulinīmata verse 4.35-36.—Accordingly, “One must worship the secret goddess Parāparā, who is the delight of Kula, according to Kula practice (kulācāra) with flowers, incense, and offerings of water, flowers and the like along with incense”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kulācāra (कुलाचार).—m (S) The established observances or the practice of a tribe or caste.

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

kulācāra (कुलाचार).—m The established observances of a tribe.

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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

Kulācāra (कुलाचार).—n.,

Derivable forms: kulācāraḥ (कुलाचारः).

Kulācāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kula and ācāra (आचार). See also (synonyms): kulakarman.

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Kūlacara (कूलचर).—a. frequenting or grazing on the banks of a river.

Kūlacara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kūla and cara (चर).

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

Kulācāra (कुलाचार).—m.

(-raḥ) The proper duty or practice of a caste or family. E. kula, and ācāra observance.

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Kūlacara (कूलचर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rī-raṃ) Frequenting the banks of rivers, grazing there, &c. E. kūla, cara what goes.

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

Kūlacara (कूलचर).—adj. living near the banks of rivers, [Suśruta] 1, 264, 9.

Kūlacara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kūla and cara (चर).

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

1) Kulācāra (कुलाचार):—[from kula] m. the peculiar or proper duty of a family or caste.

2) Kūlacara (कूलचर):—[=kūla-cara] [from kūla] mfn. frequenting the banks of rivers, grazing there etc., [Suśruta]

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

1) Kulācāra (कुलाचार):—[kulā+cāra] (raḥ) 1. m. Family duty.

2) Kūlacara (कूलचर):—[kūla-cara] (raḥ-rī-raṃ) a. Pacing about or grazing on the bank of a river.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kulacara 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

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kulācāra (ಕುಲಾಚಾರ):—[noun] a practice, vocation, religious observance, etc. that is handed over from each generation to the next, in a family.

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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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