Pracara, aka: Pracāra, Prācāra; 5 Definition(s)


Pracara 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 Prachara.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Pracāra (प्रचार) refers to a set of three rules used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33.

The following are the three pracāras:

  1. Sama-pracāra,
  2. Viṣama-pracāra,
  3. Samaviṣama-pracāra.
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Natyashastra book cover
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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pracāra (प्रचार).—m (S) Prevalence, currency, general use or adoption.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pracāra (प्रचार).—m Prevalence, currency, general use.

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

Pracara (प्रचर).—

1) A road, path, way.

2) A custom, usage.

Derivable forms: pracaraḥ (प्रचरः).

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Pracāra (प्रचार).—1 Going forth, ranging, walking about, wandering; शान्तमृगप्रचारम् (śāntamṛgapracāram) (kānanam) Ku.3.42.

3) Appearance, coming in, manifestation; U.1; Mu.1.

4) Currency, prevalence, use, being used or applied; विलोक्य तैरप्यधुना प्रचारम् (vilokya tairapyadhunā pracāram) Trik.

5) Conduct, behaviour; Mb.12.171.15; cf. अध्यक्षप्रचारः (adhyakṣapracāraḥ) (a title of the second book of Arthaśāstra.)

6) Custom, usage.

7) A playground, place of exercise.

8) A pasture-ground, pasturage; गवां प्रचारेष्वासीनम् (gavāṃ pracāreṣvāsīnam) Mb.1.4.17; ग्राम्येच्छया गोप्रचारो भूमी राजवशेन वा (grāmyecchayā gopracāro bhūmī rājavaśena vā) Y.2.166.

9) A passage, path; योगक्षेमं प्रचारं च न विभाज्यं प्रचक्षते (yogakṣemaṃ pracāraṃ ca na vibhājyaṃ pracakṣate) Ms.9.219.

1) Proclamation in public; प्रचारे चापघोषयेत् (pracāre cāpaghoṣayet)... Kau. A.2.8.26.

11) Movement, activity (saṃcāra); प्रचारं स तु संगृह्य (pracāraṃ sa tu saṃgṛhya) Rām.7.35.49.

Derivable forms: pracāraḥ (प्रचारः).

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Prācāra (प्राचार).—a. Contrary to ordinary institutes and observances.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pracara (प्रचर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A road, a path. 2. Usage, custom, currency. 3. Going well or widely. E. pra before, car to go, aff. ap; also with ghañ aff. pracāra .

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Pracāra (प्रचार).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. Going, proceeding. 2. Custom, usage, 3. Conduct. 4. Currency. 5. Appearance, manifestation. 6. A Pasture-ground. 7. A play-ground. 8. A path, a foot-path. E. pra before, car to go, ghañ aff.

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Prācāra (प्राचार).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Contrary to rectitude, deviating from the ordinary institutions and observances. E. pra reverse and ācāra ordinance.

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