Saptavara, Saptavāra, Saptan-vara: 4 definitions


Saptavara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Saptavara in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Saptavāra (सप्तवार) refers to “seven times (reciting of a mantra)”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 15.1-2, while describing protection rituals]—“I shall now explain how the lord of mantra [i.e., Mantranātha—Amṛteśa] provides all protection, [how] the protector of mantra is strong and great, and how white mustard [becomes more effective] when infused with perfume. A person who receives the white mustard seed, [over which the Mantrin] has recited the mantra seven times (saptavāra-abhijaptasaptavārābhijaptas tu rakṣoghno), and who always keeps it on his head, he is freed of all faults”.

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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Saptavara in Buddhism glossary
Source: Cambridge Digital Library: Pañcarakṣā, Saptavāra

Saptavāra (सप्तवार, “seven days”) usually incorporates seven dhāraṇīs:

  1. Vasudhārā,
  2. Vajravidāraṇā,
  3. Gaṇapatihṛdayā,
  4. Uṣṇīṣavijayā,
  5. Parṇaśavarī or Prajñāpāramitā,
  6. Mārīcī,
  7. Grahamātṛkā.

This collection associates each dhāraṇī with a specific day of the week, a tradition going back to at least the sixteenth century in Nepal.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Saptavāra (सप्तवार):—[=sapta-vāra] [from sapta > saptan] m. Name of one of Garuḍa’s sons, [Mahābhārata] ([varia lectio] -rāva).

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Saptavara 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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