Smara, aka: Smāra; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


1a) Smara (स्मर).—A son of Devakī killed by Kaṃsa: taken back to Dvārakā: after embracing by mother goes to heaven with his five brothers.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 85. 51 and 56.

1b) Is Manmatha.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 30. 65; Matsya-purāṇa 23. 30 ch.
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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Smara (स्मर).—[smṛ-bhāve ap]

1) Recollection, remembrance; स्मरो वावाकाशाद्भूयः (smaro vāvākāśādbhūyaḥ) Ch. Up.7.13.1,2.

2) Love; स्मर एव तापहेतुर्निर्वापयिता स एव मे जातः (smara eva tāpaheturnirvāpayitā sa eva me jātaḥ) Ś.3.11.

3) Cupid, the god of love; स्मर पर्युसुक एष माधवः (smara paryusuka eṣa mādhavaḥ) Ku.4.28,42,43.

4) The 7th astrological mansion.

Derivable forms: smaraḥ (स्मरः).

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Smāra (स्मार).—a. Relating to Smara or the god of love; रूक्षस्मारेक्षुचापच्युतशरनिकरक्षीणलक्ष्मीकटाक्ष (rūkṣasmārekṣucāpacyutaśaranikarakṣīṇalakṣmīkaṭākṣa)...... Viṣṇupāda. S.43; स्मारं पुष्पमयं चापं बाणाः पुष्पमया अपि । तथाप्यनङ्गस्त्रैलोक्यं करोति वशमात्मनः (smāraṃ puṣpamayaṃ cāpaṃ bāṇāḥ puṣpamayā api | tathāpyanaṅgastrailokyaṃ karoti vaśamātmanaḥ) ||

-ram Recollection, memory; स सभाद्वारमागम्य विदुरः स्मारमोहितः (sa sabhādvāramāgamya viduraḥ smāramohitaḥ) Mb.3.6.3.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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