Sopara, Sopārā, Sopāra: 8 definitions

Introduction

Sopara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

Sopāra (सोपार):—Sanskrit name for one of the twenty-four sacred sites of the Sūryamaṇḍala, the first maṇḍala of the Khecarīcakra, according to the kubjikāmata-tantra. The Khecarīcakra is the fifth and final cakra located just above the head. Each one of these holy sites (pītha) is presided over by a particular Khecarī (‘sky-goddess’). This Sopāra-pītha is connected with the goddess Agnivaktrā (also known as Agnivadanā or Vahnyānanā or Agnijvālā or Agnijihvā).

Source: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II) (shaivism)

Sopāra (सोपार) refers to one of the twenty-four sacred districts mentioned in the Kubjikāmatatantra (chapter 22). Prayāga is presided over by the Goddess (Devī) named Agnivaktrā accompanied by the Field-protector (Kṣetrapāla) named Piśitāśa. Their weapon possibly corresponds to the kaṭṭārikā. A similar system appears in the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18).

Note: Āmrātikeśvara possibly corresponds to the Āmraka of the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18).

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Sopāra (सोपार) refers to one of the twenty-four sacred districts mentioned in the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18). These districts are not divided into subgroups, nor are explained their internal locations. They [viz., Sopāra] are external holy places, where the Tantric meting is held with native women who are identified as a native goddess. A similar system appears in the tradition of Hindu Tantrims, i.e., in the Kubjikāmatatantra (chapter 22), which belongs to the Śākta sect or Śaivism.

Sopāra is presided over by the Goddess (Devī) named Piśitāsanā or Agnivaktrā accompanied by an unmentioned Field-protector (Kṣetrapāla). Their weapon possibly corresponds to the kaṭṭārikā and their abode (residence) is mentioned as being a śālmali-tree.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: archive.org: Chaitanya’s life and teachings (history)

Suparak-Sopara is one of the places visited by Chaitanya during his pilgrimage in Southern India between April 1510 and January 1512.—Suparak-Sopara—(in the Thana district), 26 miles north of Bombay. It was the capital of the Konkan from very ancient times to 1,300 A.D. (Bombay Gaz. xiv. 314-342).

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

At Sopārā (ancient Śūrpāraka) a Buddhist Stūpa was opened in 1882. It yielded important relics including what appeared to be the fragments of the Buddha’s begging bowl. On another mound representing a Buddhist Stūpa, a Śiva temple has since been erected, but it too is now in a dilapidated condition. Cousens thought that it was left unfinished as the sculptures in- tended for its decoration are found scattered all round. One of these is an unfinished beautiful image of standing Brahmā.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sōpārā (सोपारा).—a (sōpā) Easy, facile, nothard or difficult.

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

sōpārā (सोपारा).—a Easy, not hard or difficult,facile.

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

Sopara (सोपर):—mfn. with the under part of the sacrificial post, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

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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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