Manohara, Manoharā, Manohāra, Manas-hara, Mano-hara: 38 definitions


Manohara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi, biology. 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)

[«previous next»] — Manohara in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Manoharā (मनोहरा) is the city city of Īśāna, guardian (dikpāla) of the north-eastern direction, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 76.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Manoharā (मनोहरा).—Wife of the Vasu, Soma. Varcas was born of her first. Then she had three more sons named Śiśira, Prāṇa and Ramaṇa. (Śloka 22, Chapter 66, Ādi Parva).

2) Manoharā (मनोहरा).—A nymph of Alakāpurī. Once when Aṣṭāvakra went to the court of Kubera this nymph gave a performance in dancing in honour of that sage. (Śloka 45, Chapter 19, Anuśāsana Parva).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Manohara (मनोहर) refers to “comely” and is used to describe the Goddess (Devī), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.12. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] on seeing the mother of the universe cosmic in form, Dakṣa the lord of the subjects considered himself well rewarded. With various sorts of prayer he eulogised and bowed to the Goddess (Devī) mother of the universe, Kālikā seated on a lion, dark-complexioned, with four arms and beautiful face, the bestower of the boon, the abode of safety, holding a blue lotus and the sword in her hands, comely (manohara) with reddish eyes and with beautiful dishevelled hair”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Manohara (मनोहर).—A tīrtha on the Narmadā sacred to Pitṛs.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 194. 7.

2a) Manoharā (मनोहरा).—A wife of Dhara.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 5. 24.

2b) The wife of Dharma, the Vasu.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 113.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Manohara (मनोहर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.60.20) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Manohara) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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)

Source: Yakṣiṇī-sādhana in the Kakṣapuṭa tantra

Manoharā (मनोहरा) is the name of one of the thirty-two Yakṣiṇīs mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra, as well as one of the thirty-six Yakṣiṇīs mentioned in the Uḍḍāmareśvaratantra. In the yakṣiṇī-sādhana, the Yakṣiṇī is regarded as the guardian spirit who provides worldly benefits to the practitioner. The Yakṣiṇī (e.g., Manoharā) provides, inter alia, daily food, clothing and money, tells the future, and bestows a long life, but she seldom becomes a partner in sexual practices.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Manohara (मनोहर) refers to “lovely”, mentioned in verse 3.40 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “from him whose mind is at ease, (who is) moist with sandal [...]—wreaths of camphor and of jasmine; strings of pearls furnished with yellow sandal ; young thrushes (and) parrots whose chatter is lovely [viz., manohara] and sweet; (and)[...]”.

Note: manohara (“lovely”) and kala (“sweet”) have been transposed, while the bahuvrīhi has been resolved by adding sgrogs-pa (“sending forth”).—śiśu (“young”) has been omitted and sogs (“etc.”) inserted after sārika (“thrush”), which has been interchanged with śuka (“parrot”).

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Manohara (मनोहर) refers to “pleasing” and represents a particular dietetic effect according to the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Accordingly, the dietetic effect manohara is associated with the following conditions: Food utensils made of Ketakīpatra (screw pine leaf).

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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

Manoharā (मनोहरा) refers to “one who is beautiful”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, while describing Trikhaṇḍā: “[...] The goddess is enveloped in divine clothes and is adorned with many kinds of flowers. She is the Great Light and, shining intensely, she is in the middle of the Wheel of Mothers each of whom has four arms, three eyes and a topknot. Each holds a sword, club, skull and makes a boon bestowing gesture. They have many ornaments. Their form is divine and beautiful [i.e., manoharā]. They shine and, possessing many forms, they are beautiful [i.e., manoharā]. Each is seated on her own vehicle in the lotus posture. The enemy lies at their feet and, controlled by a spell, is consumed along with (offerings of) meat and the like by (their) servants, Vetālas, Ḍākinīs, and ghosts. Very fierce, they strike (the enemy and) drink streams of (his) blood. [...]”.

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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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Gitashastra (science of music)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (gita)

Manohara (मनोहर) refers to one of the Forty-nine kinds of Tānas (in Indian music), according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—Tāna refers to “that which spreads” (being dependent on mūrcchanā), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra. In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, only forty nine kinds of tānas are accepted under three grāmas viz., madhyama, ṣaḍja and gāndhāra. The gāndhāragrāma contains twenty tānas [e.g., manohara].

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Gitashastra (गीतशास्त्र, gītaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of Music (gita or samgita), which is traditionally divided in Vocal music, Instrumental music and Dance (under the jurisdiction of music). The different elements and technical terms are explained in a wide range of (often Sanskrit) literature.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Manohara (मनोहर) refers to a “beautiful place” (which is suitable for the practice of Yoga), according to the South-Indian recension of the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] This is [called] Tāraka [yoga] because it causes the Guru and student to cross over the ocean of existence. It is also called Tāraka because its [practice] depends on the flashing [light] of a star. Having obtained such a guru and having settled in a beautiful place (manohara), he who is free from all worry should practice only Yoga”.

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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A park laid out by Parakkamabahu I. Cv.lxxix.9.

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. A tika written by Dhammasenapati Thera. Gv.63, 73.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

1) Manoharā (मनोहरा) is the name of a Yakṣiṇī mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Manoharā).

Source: Google Books: Medieval Rule in Tibet

Manoharā (मनोहरा) refers to one of the seventeen deities of the retinue of Druma (Ljon po), as displayed in the northern part of the sixth tier of the bkra shis sgo mang Stupa for Phag mo gru pa.—A statue of Druma (Ljon po), the king of the Kiṃnaras, was placed on the northern side next to this very Mahākāla. Shes rab ’byung gnas notes that Druma has one face and two hands and plays the many-stringed lute (vīṇā; pi wang). Seventeen deities form his retinue consisting of four figures that one might regard as relatives and a close attendant, namely [e.g., the daughter Manoharā (Bu mo Yid ’phrog ma)] [...]. A textual source explaining their iconography is unknown. There exist, however, some fragments that provide information about their appearance.

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Manohara (मनोहर) or Manoharatīrtha refers to one of the “eleven holy bathing places” (Puṇyatīrtha), according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Bulletin of the French School of the Far East (volume 5)

Manohara (मनोहर) is the name of a Yakṣa appointed as one of the Divine protector deities of Vṛṣa, according to chapter 17 of the Candragarbha: the 55th section of the Mahāsaṃnipāta-sūtra, a large compilation of Sūtras (texts) in Mahāyāna Buddhism partly available in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese.—In the Candragarbhasūtra, the Bhagavat invites all classes of Gods and Deities to protect the Law [dharma?] and the faithful in their respective kingdoms of Jambudvīpa [e.g., the Yakṣa Manohara in Vṛṣa], resembling the time of the past Buddhas.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Manohara (मनोहर) refers to a class of mahoraga deities gods according to the Digambara tradition, while the Śvetāmbara does not recognize this class. The mahoraga refer to a category of vyantaras gods which represents one of the four classes of celestial beings (devas). The mahoragas are are dark or black in complexion and the Nāga is their caitya-vṛkṣa (sacred-tree).

The deities such as the Manoharas are defined in ancient Jain cosmological texts such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapaṇṇati by Yativṛṣabha (5th century) in the Digambara tradition.

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Manoharā (मनोहरा) is the name of a palanquin, according to chapter 3.5 [supārśva-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“[...] At the end of the year’s giving Supārśva Svāmin’s initiation-ceremony was made by the Indras whose thrones had shaken. Then the Lord of the World, going to emancipation, got into the palanquin named Manoharā, charming with varied jewels. Accompanied by gods, asuras, and kings the Blessed One went to the most excellent grove named Sahasrāmravaṇa. [...]”.

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Manohara (मनोहर) refers to “attractive”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “If the body were extraordinary [com.—manohara—‘attractive’] or absolutely eternal, then on account of [that] it is suitable to do a despicable action for the sake of it”.

Synonyms: Lalita, Bandhura.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Tessitori Collection I (history)

Manohara (मनोहर) (or Madhu) is the son of Tāraṇa Sāha: the minister of king Candrasena from Līlāvatī, according to the “Madhu-Mālatī-copaī” by Caturbhujadāsa (classified as Rajasthani literature), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—In Līlāvatī reigned king Candrasena who had a beautiful daughter, Mālatī. Madhu, also called Manohara, was the son of his minister Tāraṇa Sāha. They fell in love when Mālatī looked through the curtain separating them as they were studying at school. Mālatī succeeded in overpowering Madhu with the assistance of her companion Jaitmal through the use of a vaśīkaraṇa charm and they loved each other through gandharva marriage.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Manohara [मनोहर] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Jasminum multiflorum (Burm.f.) Andrews from the Oleaceae (Jasmine) family having the following synonyms: Jasminum pubescens, Jasminum gracillimum, Mogorium multiflorum. For the possible medicinal usage of manohara, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Manohara in India is the name of a plant defined with Jasminum bignoniaceum in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices.

2) Manohara is also identified with Jasminum grandiflorum It has the synonym Jasminum officinale L. fo. grandiflorum (L.) Kobuski (etc.).

3) Manohara is also identified with Jasminum multiflorum It has the synonym Nyctanthes multiflora Burm. f. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Investigatio et Studium Naturae (1992)
· Journal of the Arnold Arboretum (1932)
· Kew Bulletin (1997)
· Flora Indica (1768)
· Kew Bulletin (1984)
· Cytologia (1987)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Manohara in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

manohara : (adj.) charming; captivating.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Manohara refers to: charming, captivating, beautiful Mhvs 18, 49; N. of a special gem (the wishing gem?) Miln. 118, 354. (Page 520)

Note: manohara is a Pali compound consisting of the words mano and hara.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

manōhara (मनोहर).—a (S) That steals away the mind; charming, captivating, delightful, lovely. 2 used as s m Rice &c. received from the idol vyaṅkaṭēśa or vyaṅkōbā as a mark of graciousness.

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

manōhara (मनोहर).—a Delightful, charming, lovely.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Manohara (मनोहर).—a. pleasing, charming, attractive, fascinating, lovely; अव्याजमनोहरं वपुः (avyājamanoharaṃ vapuḥ) Ś.1.18; Kumārasambhava 3.39; R.3.32.

-raḥ a kind of jasmine.

-ram gold.

Manohara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms manas and hara (हर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Manoharā (मनोहरा).—name of the daughter of Druma, king of the kiṃnaras; her story at length, with her marriage to prince Sudhanu (Divyāvadāna, Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya Sudhana): Mahāvastu ii.97.5 ff. (in the Kiṃnarī Jātaka); Divyāvadāna 443.2 ff.; Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.134.11 ff.; mentioned as last in a list of kiṃnara maids, Kāraṇḍavvūha 7.1.

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

Manohara (मनोहर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Beautiful, lovely, pleasing. n.

(-raṃ) Gold. E. manas the mind, hṛ to take or steal, aff. ap .

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

Manohara (मनोहर).—i. e. manas-hṛ + a, adj. Beautiful, charming, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 9; 119.

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

Manohara (मनोहर).—([feminine] ā & ī) captivating, charming, delightful (lit. heart-taking); [abstract] tna [neuter]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Manohara (मनोहर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—jy. See Daivajñamanohara.

2) Manohara (मनोहर):—poet. Padyāvalī.

3) Manohara (मनोहर):—Brahmajīvanirṇaya.

4) Manoharā (मनोहरा):—Rāmāyaṇaṭīkā by Lokanātha.

5) Manohara (मनोहर):—[nyāya] Hz. 510 (Vyāptivādasiddhānta).

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

1) Manohara (मनोहर):—[=mano-hara] [from mano > man] mf(ā or ī)n. ‘heart-stealing’, taking the fancy, fascinating, attractive, charming, beautiful, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] Jasminum Multiflorum or Pubescens, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] the third day of the civil month (karma-māsa), [Sūryaprajñapti]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a poet, [Catalogue(s)]

5) [v.s. ...] of a [work] [ib.]

6) Manoharā (मनोहरा):—[=mano-harā] [from mano-hara > mano > man] f. yellow jasmine or Jasminum Grandiflorum, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of an Apsaras, [Mahābhārata]

8) [v.s. ...] of a Kiṃ-narī, [Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]

9) [v.s. ...] of the wife of Varcasvin and mother of Śiśira, [Mahābhārata]

10) [v.s. ...] of the wife of Dhara and mother of Śiśira, [Harivaṃśa]

11) [v.s. ...] of a [commentator or commentary] on the Rāmāyaṇa by Loka-nātha

12) Manohara (मनोहर):—[=mano-hara] [from mano > man] n. gold, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Manohara (मनोहर):—[mano-hara] (raḥ-rā-raṃ) a. Captivating.

[Sanskrit to German]

Manohara in German

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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Manohara (मनोहर) [Also spelled manohar]:—(a) lovely, comely; charming; alluring, captivating; ~[haratā] loveliness; comeliness, charm; allurement, captivation.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Manōhara (ಮನೋಹರ):—[adjective] attractive; fascinating; charming; beautiful.

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Manōhara (ಮನೋಹರ):—

1) [noun] = ಮನೋಹರತೆ [manoharate].

2) [noun] a charming, handsome man.

3) [noun] a kind of sweet made of the flour of bengal-gram, jaggery, etc. 4) the jasmine plant Jasminum multiflorum ( = J. pubescens) of Oleaceae family.

4) [noun] its flower.

5) [noun] gold.

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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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