Seka, Sheka: 17 definitions



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

Seka (सेक).—An ancient country in India. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 31, Verse 9, that this country was conquered by Sahadeva during his regional conquest of the south.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Śeka (शेक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Śeka) 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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Sardhatrisatikalottaragama

Seka (सेक) refers to “sprinkling (the earth)” which is prescribed as one of the operations/ preliminary ceremonies related to the kuṇḍa (“fire-pit”), according to the various Āgamas and related literature. Seka is mentioned in the Mṛgendra-āgama (Kriyā-pāda, chapter 6) and the Acintyaviśvasādākhya (chapter 14).

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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

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Sekā (सेका) is the name of a Goddess (Devī) presiding over Mālava: one of the twenty-four sacred districts mentioned in the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18). Her weapons are the mudrā and mudgara. Furthermore, Sekā is accompanied by the Kṣetrapāla (field-protector) named Puṃsasvara and their abode is the madhu-tree.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Śeka.—(EI 11), same as Sanskrit śikya, a loop or swing made of rope and suspended from the ends of a pole placed on one's shoulder for carrying loads, or the load itself. Cf. saṃkācitaka. Note: śeka 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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

seka : (m.) sprinkling.

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

Seka, (fr. sic, see siñcati) sprinkling J. I, 93 (suvaṇṇa-rasa-s. ‹-› piñjara). (Page 722)

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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

śēka (शेक).—m ( H) Warming one's self before a fire; or fomentation of a limb or member with heated cloths, leaves, or medicaments. v ghē; and, with v dē, Warming or fomenting another. 2 A little fire of sticks and rubbish (for warming one's self). 3 n C Remuneration for the use of draught cattle.

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sēka (सेक).—m S Sprinkling, aspersion: also sprinkledness.

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

śēka (शेक).—m Warming one's self before a fire. Fomenting. A little fire of sticks, &c.

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sēka (सेक).—m Sprinkling, aspersion.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Seka (सेक).—[sic-ghañ]

1) Sprinkling, watering (trees); सेकः सीकरिणा करेण विहितः कामम् (sekaḥ sīkariṇā kareṇa vihitaḥ kāmam) U.3.16; R.1.51;8.45; 16.3;17.16.

2) Emission, effusion.

3) Seminal effusion.

4) A libation, an offering.

5) Seminal fluid; कामतो रेतसः सेकं व्रतस्थस्य द्विजन्मनः (kāmato retasaḥ sekaṃ vratasthasya dvijanmanaḥ) Ms.11.12.

6) A drop of anything.

7) A shower-bath; Suśr.

Derivable forms: sekaḥ (सेकः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Seka (सेक).—(m.; Sanskrit id., in lit. sense), lit. sprinkling, so augmentation (‘as of fire by oil’, Bendall): ātmano bahumāno 'yaṃ stutinindādi-sekataḥ, vardhate nārakavaśāt (ms. °śa-) sekān narakavahnivat Śikṣāsamuccaya 265.15—16 (verses).

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

Seka (सेक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. Sprinkling, aspersion, as of a fluid, or of Ghee on the sacrificial fire, &c. 2. Seminal effusion. E. ṣic to sprinkle, aff. ghañ .

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

Seka (सेक).—i. e. sic + a, m. 1. Sprinkling, [Hitopadeśa] ii. [distich] 132; [Kirātārjunīya] 5, 26; a drop (? of fire), [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 416. 2. Seminal fluid.

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

Seka (सेक).—[masculine] sprinkling, watering, out-pouring, effusion, gush.

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

1) Seka (सेक):—[from sic] a etc. See sub voce

2) b m. ([from] √sic) pouring out, emission, effusion (as of the seminal fluid; also ‘the fluid itself’), [Ṛg-veda; Manu-smṛti xi, 120]

3) sprinkling, besprinkling, moistening or watering with ([compound]), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

4) a shower-bath, [Suśruta; Śārṅgadhara-saṃhitā]

5) a libation, offering, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

6) a drop of anything, [ib.]

7) [plural] Name of a people, [ib.]

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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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