Samara, Sāmara, Shamara: 14 definitions


Samara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Samara (समर).—One of the hundred sons of Pṛthuṣeṇa, a King of the Bharata dynasty (Bhāgavata, Skandha 9).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Samara (समर).—A son of Kāvya; had three sons.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 49. 54.

1b) One of the lineal descendants of Nīpa; capital Kampilya.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 176.

1c) A son of Nīla and lord of Kāmpilya; father of three sons, Pāra and two others.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 40-1.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Samara (समर) is the name of a Vidyādhara king from Vīrapura, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly, as Cāmuṇḍā said to Jīvadatta: “... there is a city on the Himālayas named Vīrapura, and in it there dwells a sovereign of the Vidyādharas named Samara. He had a daughter, named Anaṅgaprabhā, born to him by his Queen Anaṅgavatī”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Samara, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Sāmara (“fan”) refers to one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments. The other miscellaneous articles found as attributes in the hands of the deities are, for example, Sāmara.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra

Samara (समर) is the name of a garden visited by Mahāvīra during his eleventh year of spiritual-exertion.—Moving from Vraja village to Ālambhiyā, Śvetāmbikā, Sāvatthī, Kauśāmbī, Rājagṛha, Vārāṇasī, Mithilā, etc, the Lord arrived at Vaiśālī. Outside the city at the Baladeva temple in the Samara garden, accepting four-months fast, he became meditative and completed the rainy season halt there. Completing the rainy season halt, the Lord reached ‘Suṃsumārapura’.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

samara : (nt.) battle.

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

Samara, (sa+mara) battle Dāvs. IV, 1 (Page 684)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

samara (समर).—m S Battle, fight, conflict.

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sāmara (सामर).—& sāmarī Better sāmbara & sāmbarī.

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

samara (समर).—m Battle, fight. samarabhūmi f samarāṅgaṇa n A field of battle.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Samara (समर).—War, battle, fight: रजांसि समरोत्थानि तच्छोणितनदीष्विव (rajāṃsi samarotthāni tacchoṇitanadīṣviva) R.12.82: कर्णादयोऽपि समरात् पराङ्मुखीभवन्ति (karṇādayo'pi samarāt parāṅmukhībhavanti) Ve.3.

Derivable forms: samaraḥ (समरः), samaram (समरम्).

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

Samara (समर).—mn.

(-raḥ-raṃ) War, battle, conflict. E. sam with, together, to go, aff. ap .

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

Samara (समर).—i. e. sam-ṛ + a, I. m. and n. War, battle, [Hitopadeśa] 106, 10. Ii. m. A proper name, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 25.

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Sāmara (सामर).—adj. with the gods, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 53, 28.

Sāmara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sa and amara (अमर).

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

Samara (समर).—[masculine] samaraṇa [neuter] encounter, fight.

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

1) Śamara (शमर):—(in roma-ś), [probably] = vivara, [Gopatha-brāhmaṇa]

2) Samara (समर):—[=sam-ara] a etc. See sam-√ṛ, p.1170.

3) [=sam-ara] [from sam-ṛ] b m. (or n. [gana] ardharcādī) coming together, meeting, concourse, confluence, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] (ifc. f(ā). ) hostile encounter, conflict, struggle, war, battle with (saha), [Śāṅkhāyana-brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata] etc.

5) [v.s. ...] Name of a king of the Vidyā-dharas, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

6) [v.s. ...] of a king of Kāmpilya, [Harivaṃśa]

7) [v.s. ...] of a brother of king Avantivarman, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

8) Sāmara (सामर):—mfn. with the immortals, accompanied by the gods, [Rāmāyaṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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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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