Papacara, Pāpācāra, Papa-acara: 6 definitions


Papacara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Papachara.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Pāpacāra (पापचार) refers to “(having) committed bad deeds”, according to the Guhyasūtra chapter 3.—Accordingly, “[Once the rosary has been thus prepared, he becomes] ready for siddhis and power. Dangerous creatures do not harm one who has [first] accomplished an observance [that qualifies one] for [using] Spells: he should begin an observance by means of recitation. The one engaged in observance should practise the False Observance [by wandering about proclaiming]: ‘I have committed bad deeds (pāpacāra): I have killed a cow, mother, father, brother, a guest, friend, Brahmin! [...]’”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pāpācāra (पापाचार).—a. following evil or sinful courses, leading a sinful life, vicious, wicked.

Pāpācāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pāpa and ācāra (आचार).

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

1) Pāpacara (पापचर):—[=pāpa-cara] [from pāpa] m. ‘walking in sin’, Name of king in a Play, [Catalogue(s)]

2) Pāpācāra (पापाचार):—[from pāpa] mfn. ill-conducted, vicious, [Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a king, [Dhūrtanartaka]

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Papacara 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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Pāpācāra (पापाचार) [Also spelled papachar]:—(nm) sinful conduct/living; ~[] a sinner; sinning (person); hence ~[riṇī] (nf).

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