Sekhara, Shekhara: 9 definitions


Sekhara means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu

Śekhara (शेखर) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Śekhara] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sekhara : (nt.) a garland for the crest.

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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

śēkhara (शेखर).—m S A garland of flowers worn on the crown; a plume or crest generally.

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

śēkhara (शेखर).—m A plume or crest.

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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

Śekhara (शेखर).—

1) A crest, chaplet, tuft, a garland of flowers worn on the head; कपालि वा स्यादथवेन्दुशेखरम् (kapāli vā syādathavenduśekharam) Ku.5.78; 7.42; नवकरनिकरेण स्पष्टबन्धूकसूनस्तबकरचितमेते शेखरं विभ्रतीव (navakaranikareṇa spaṣṭabandhūkasūnastabakaracitamete śekharaṃ vibhratīva) Śi.11.46;4.5; मगधदेशशेखरीभूता पुष्पपुरी नाम नगरी (magadhadeśaśekharībhūtā puṣpapurī nāma nagarī) Dk.; शीर्षे च शेखरको नित्यम् (śīrṣe ca śekharako nityam) Nāg.3.2.

2) A diadem, crown.

3) A peak, summit.

4) The best or most distinguished of a class (at the end of comp.).

5) A kind of Dhruva or burden of a song.

-ram Cloves.

Derivable forms: śekharaḥ (शेखरः).

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

Śekhara (शेखर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A garland of flowers worn on the crown of the head. 2. A crest. 3. The burden of a song. 4. Anything the best of its kind, (when used at the end of a compound.) f. (-rī) A parasite plant. n.

(-raṃ) 1. The root of the Hyperanthera morunga. 2. Cloves. E. śikhi to go, aran aff.; the nasal omitted.

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

Śekhara (शेखर).— (from śikhara, with aff. a, for regular śaikhara), m. 1. A crest, a diadem, [Mālatīmādhava, (ed. Calc.)] 145, 8; [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 13, 6 (at the end of a comp. adj.); chief, [Caurapañcāśikā] 45 (read śekhara). 2. A garland of flowers worn on the crown of the head, [Ṛtusaṃhāra] 1, 6. 3. A proper name, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] n. ad 67, 10.

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

Śekhara (शेखर).—[masculine] peak, point, summit, head, crest, garland, crown, diadem; the chief or best of (—°).

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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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