Saptasagara, Saptasāgara, Sapta-sagara: 3 definitions



Saptasagara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Saptasāgara (सप्तसागर) or simply Sāgara refers to the “seven oceans” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 126):

  1. kṣāra (salty),
  2. kṣīra (milky),
  3. dadhi (coagulated),
  4. udadhi (watery),
  5. ghṛta (buttery),
  6. madhu (sweet),
  7. surā (spirituous).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., sapta-sāgara). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Sapta-sāgara.—(EI 24), name of a mahādāna; same as sapt- āmbhodhi. Note: sapta-sāgara is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Saptasagara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Saptasāgara (सप्तसागर):—[=sapta-sāgara] [from sapta > saptan] n. Name of a Liṅga, [Kāśī khaṇḍa, from the skanda-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 (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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