Sharkara, aka: Śarkarā, Śārkara; 8 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śarkarā and Śārkara can be transliterated into English as Sarkara or Sharkara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Śarkarā (शर्करा) is a Sanskrit technical term translating in English to “sugar” (either granulated or candied) or “glucose”, and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. The literal translation of Śarkarā is “pebbles” and eventually became the word for hard sugar crystals (drained from syrup). The word became Shakra through the Persian language, Sukkar through the Arabic language, and in Europa it is now known as Sugar in the English language.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Śarkara (शर्कर) refers to “(land) full of pebbles and pieces of limestone” and represents one of the twelve types of lands mentioned in the Amarakoṣa and classified according to fertility of the soil, irrigation and physical characteristics. Agriculture (kṛṣi) is frequently mentioned in India’s ancient literature.

(Source): Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Agriculture: A Survey
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Śarkarā (शर्करा) refers to “small pieces of broken earthenware”. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (See the Manubhāṣya, verse 8.250)

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

Discover the meaning of sharkara or sarkara in the context of Dharmashastra from relevant books on Exotic India


Śarkarā (शर्करा).—Sugar;1 an article for śrāddha.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 7. 13.
  • 2) Ib. 17. 30; 92. 2; 266. 51; 279. 9.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Śarkara (शर्कर) is a Sanskrit word referring to “gravel”, “gritty”, or it can refer to “a pebble”, “small stone”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

śarkarā (शर्करा).—f (S) Sugar. 2 Gravel: also the disease of this name.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śarkarā (शर्करा).—f Sugar. Gravel.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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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Śarkarādhenu (शर्कराधेनु).—a gift of sugar moulded in the shape of a cow; see शर्कराचल (śarkarā...
Śarkarāsaptamī (शर्करासप्तमी).—Name of an observance on the 7th day in the bright half of Vaiśā...
Guḍaśarkarā (गुडशर्करा).—refined sugar. Guḍaśarkarā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the te...
Madhuśarkarā (मधुशर्करा).—honey-sugar. Madhuśarkarā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the te...
Triśarkarā (त्रिशर्करा).—three kinds of sugar (guḍotpannā, himotthā, and madhurā). Triśarkarā i...
Sūkṣmaśarkarā (सूक्ष्मशर्करा).—small gravel, sand. Sūkṣmaśarkarā is a Sanskrit compound consist...
Dantaśarkarā (दन्तशर्करा).—tartar of the teeth. Dantaśarkarā is a Sanskrit compound consisting ...
Khaṇḍaśarkarā (खण्डशर्करा).—candied sugar; दधिमण्डोदका दिव्याः खण्डशर्करवालुकाः (dadhimaṇḍodakā...
Vartmaśarkarā (वर्त्मशर्करा).—hard excrescences on the eyelids.Vartmaśarkarā is a Sanskrit comp...
Niḥśarkara (निःशर्कर).—-niḥśarkara a. free from pebbles (as a bathing place). Niḥśarkara is a S...
Sitaśarkarā (सितशर्करा).—candied sugar. Sitaśarkarā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the te...
Vaṃśaśarkarā (वंशशर्करा).—bamboo-manna. Vaṃśaśarkarā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the t...
Piṇḍaśarkarā (पिण्डशर्करा).—sugar prepared from Yavanāla. Piṇḍaśarkarā is a Sanskrit compound c...

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