Laukikacara, Laukikācāra, Laukika-acara: 3 definitions


Laukikacara 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 Laukikachara.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Laukikācāra (लौकिकाचार) refers to “worldly conventions”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] O great lord, the lord of the gods and the prescriber of worldly conventions (i.e., laukikācāra-kṛt), we know you to be Śiva and Brahman, thanks to your favour. O lord Śiva, why do you delude us by your illusion which is inscrutable and which deludes people always”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Laukikacara in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Laukikācāra (लौकिकाचार) refers to “mundane observances”, according to the Jayadrathayāmala, Ṣaṭka 1 verse 13.3–18::—Accordingly, “[...] The lokadharmadīkṣā is a Śaiva ritual [and therefore] proceeds contrary to established [practice] (i.e. the Brahmanical order), but also conforms to worldly religion. Either [the Ācārya] should purify all [karma] or only not purify the dharma (i.e. the auspicious karma); [then the initiate] is dedicated to [the accumulation of] dharma through mundane observances (laukikācāra-dharmastha), and having enjoyed this [dharma] he proceeds to liberation. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Laukikacara in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

laukikācāra (लौकिकाचार).—m S Popular practice, course, or fashion.

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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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