Nirahara, Nirāhāra, Nir-ahara: 17 definitions

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Nirahara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Hindi. 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 Nirahar.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Nirahara in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nirāhāra (निराहार) refers to “abstinence from food”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.22 (“Description of Pārvatī’s penance”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī performed her penance: “[...] Different sorts of worries she did not mind at all. O sage, fixing her mind in Śiva alone she remained firm and steady. The first year she spent in taking fruits, the second in taking leaves, in the course of her penance. She spent many years thus. Then Śivā, the daughter of Himavat, eschewed even the leaves. She did not take any food [i.e., nirāhāra]. She was engrossed in the performance of penance. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nirāhāra (निराहार).—A mountain kingdom.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 114. 55.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

nirāhāra : (adj.) foodless; fasting.

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

Nirāhāra, (adj.) (nis+āhāra) without food, not eating, fasting J. IV, 225; Sdhp. 389. (Page 370)

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nirāhāra (निराहार).—m (S) Abstinence from food, fasting. 2 Abstinence from the usual substantial or solid food.

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nirāhāra (निराहार).—a S pop. nirāhārī a That observes the fast termed nirāhāra or that fasts gen. Ex. mhaṇē maja nirāhāṛyā hōtēṃ maraṇa || hā taṃva karitō phaḷa- bhakṣaṇa ||.

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

nirāhāra (निराहार).—m Abstinence from food, fasting.

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nirāhāra (निराहार).—a nirāhārī a That fasts.

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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

Nirāhāra (निराहार).—a. 'foodless', fasting, abstaining from food.

-raḥ fasting; कालोऽग्निः कर्म मृद् वायुर्मनो ज्ञानं तपो जलम् । पश्चात्तापो निराहारः सर्वेऽमी शुद्धिहेतवः (kālo'gniḥ karma mṛd vāyurmano jñānaṃ tapo jalam | paścāttāpo nirāhāraḥ sarve'mī śuddhihetavaḥ) || Y.3.31.

Nirāhāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nir and āhāra (आहार).

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

Nirāhāra (निराहार).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Fasting through necessity or choice. E. nir privative, āhāra food.

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

Nirāhāra (निराहार).—adj. without food, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 48, 31.

Nirāhāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nis and āhāra (आहार).

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

Nirāhāra (निराहार).—[adjective] & [masculine] not eating, fasting; [abstract] [feminine]

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

1) Nirāhāra (निराहार):—[=nir-āhāra] [from nir > niḥ] m. want of food, fasting, [Yājñavalkya]

2) [v.s. ...] mf(ā)n. having no food or abstaining from it, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc.

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

Nirāhāra (निराहार):—[nirā+hāra] (raḥ-rā-raṃ) a. Fasting.

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Nirahara 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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nirahara in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Nirāhāra (निराहार) [Also spelled nirahar]:—(a and adv) without food; fasting.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nirāhāra (ನಿರಾಹಾರ):—

1) [noun] an abstaining from taking food; the act or an instance of fasting.

2) [noun] he who is fasting.

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Nīrāhāra (ನೀರಾಹಾರ):—[noun] food in the form of liquid; liquid-diet.

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Nepali dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nirahara in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

1) Nirāhāra (निराहार):—adj. 1. hungry; not taking any food; 2. without taking food;

2) Nirāhāra (निराहार):—n. 1. fasting; fast; 2. → अनशन [anaśana] ; 3. starvation;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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