Somavara, Somavāra, Soma-vara: 9 definitions

Introduction

Somavara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Somavāra (सोमवार) refers to “monday”. The corresponding planet is soma (the moon). It is one of the seven days of the week (vāra). The term is used throughout Jyotiṣa literature.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Somavāra (सोमवार) refers to “monday”, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.14. Accordingly, “it is said that the respective merits of the different days [viz., Somavāra, ‘monday’] are secured through the gratification of the gods. [...] The repetition of the mantras of the favourite deity accords the respective benefits of the day of the week. [...] For the sake of riches, the intelligent devotee shall worship Lakṣmī etc. on Monday (Somavāra) with cooked rice soaked in ghee and shall feed Brahmin couples”.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Somavāra (सोमवार) refers to “Monday” and represents the first “day of the week” (vāra).—In accordance with the day of the week, one would utter, for example, soma-vārānvitāyāṃ.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sōmavāra (सोमवार).—m (S Day of the moon.) Monday.

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

sōmavāra (सोमवार).—m Monday.

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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

Somavāra (सोमवार).—Monday.

Derivable forms: somavāraḥ (सोमवारः).

Somavāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms soma and vāra (वार). See also (synonyms): somavāsara.

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

Somavāra (सोमवार).—m.

(-raḥ) Monday. E. soma, and vāra a day.

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

Somavāra (सोमवार).—m. Monday.

— Cf.

Somavāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms soma and vāra (वार).

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

Somavāra (सोमवार):—[=soma-vāra] [from soma] m. ‘moon-day’, Monday, [Inscriptions]

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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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