Singara, Siṅgāra, Simgara: 6 definitions


Singara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Singara [सिंगाडा] in the Nepali language is the name of a plant identified with Trapa natans L. from the Lythraceae (Crape Myrtle) family having the following synonyms: Trapa bicornis var. quadrispinosa, Trapa assamica, Trapa quadrispinosa. For the possible medicinal usage of singara, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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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.

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India history and geography

Source: Wisdom Library: India History

Singara (or, Siṅgāra) refers to one of the 84 castes (gaccha) in the Jain community according to local Deccan tradition. The Jain caste and sub-caste system was a comparatively later development within their community, and it may have arisen from the ancient classification of Brāhmaṇa, Kṣatriya, Vaiśya and Śūdra. Before distinction of these classes (such as Singara), the society was not divided into distinct separate sections, but all were considered as different ways of life and utmost importance was attached to individual chartacter and mode of behaviour.

According to Dr. Vilas Adinath Sangava, “Jainism does not recognise castes (viz., Singara) as such and at the same time the Jaina books do not specifically obstruct the observance of caste rules by the members of the Jaina community. The attitude of Jainism towards caste is that it is one of the social practices, unconnected with religion, observed by people; and it was none of its business to regulate the working of the caste system” (source).

The legendary account of the origin of these 84 Jain castes (e.g., Singara) relate that once a rich Jain invited members of the Jain community in order to establish a vaiśya-mahāsabhā (i.e. Central Association of Traders). In response, 84 representatives came from different places, and they were later seen as the progenitors of these castes. Various sources however mention differences in the list.

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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

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

siṅgāra : (m.) erotic sentiment.

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

Siṅgāra, (cp. Sk. śṛngāra) erotic sentiment; siṅgāratā (f.) fondness of decorations J. I, 184; an elegant dress, finery Miln. 2; (adj.) elegant, graceful (thus read) J. II, 99; singāra-bhāva being elegant or graceful (said of a horse) J. II, 98. (Page 709)

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Siṃgāra (सिंगार) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Śrṛṅgāra.

2) Siṃgāra (सिंगार) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Śrṛṅgāra.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Siṃgara (ಸಿಂಗರ):—[noun] = ಸಿಂಗಾರ [simgara].

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Siṃgāra (ಸಿಂಗಾರ):—

1) [noun] anything used to embellish something or someone; an ornament.

2) [noun] the fact of being decorated; ornamentation.

3) [noun] any ornament used to increase the beauty.

4) [noun] a fanciful, decorative dress, suitable for amorous purpose.

5) [noun] sexual desire or passion.

6) [noun] erotic sentiment.

7) [noun] the half-opened flower-sheath of a arecanut tree.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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