Saptacaru, Saptacārū, Sapta-caru: 2 definitions

Introduction

Saptacaru means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Saptacharu.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Saptacaru (सप्तचरु).—A holy place. The reason for giving this place the name Saptacaru is given in Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 82 as follows:

The word 'Caru' means sacrifice. Once devas (gods) and men together put the fat parts of sacrificial animals, as burnt offerings in the sacrificial fire, each singing seven verses from the Ṛgveda. By this sacrifice they obtained more prosperity than the fruits of giving one lakh of cows as alms or performing hundred Rājasūya sacrifices or thousand horse-sacrifices.

"The wise said that it was an endless gift to the manes. The gods, the manes, the Gandharvas, the celestial maids, the gaṇas, the yakṣas, Kinnaras, the siddhas, the Vidyādharas, the people of the earth, the Rākṣasas, the daityas, the Rudras, Brahmā, all these joined together with vow and fast taken for a thousand years and performed a sacrifice each exalting Viṣṇu by singing seven verses from Ṛgveda. Keśava was much pleased at the caru and gave them Āṣtaiśvaryasiddhi (the eight miraculous attainments) and everything they wished. Thus giving them all kinds of prosperities, the god Mukunda disappeared in this place as lightning in the clouds. Therefore this place became famous everywhere by the name Saptacaru."

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Saptacārū (सप्तचारू) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.80). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Sapta-cārū) 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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