Sucaka, Sūcaka: 19 definitions


Sucaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Suchaka.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Shodhganga: Portrayal of Animal Kingdom (Tiryaks) in Epics An Analytical study

Sūcaka (सूचक) (lit. “one who indicates the things or incidents”) is a synonym (another name) for the Crow (Kāka), according to scientific texts such as the Mṛgapakṣiśāstra (Mriga-pakshi-shastra) or “the ancient Indian science of animals and birds” by Hamsadeva, containing the varieties and descriptions of the animals and birds seen in the Sanskrit Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sūcaka (सूचक) refers to “harbingers” (of great and unhappiness), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated: “[...] At the same time, several phenomena of evil portent forboding misery and distress happened, when the son of Varāṅgī was born making the gods miserable. [...] O great Brahmin, the misty haloes around the sun and the moon in the grip of Rāhu became the harbingers [i.e., sūcaka] of great fear and unhappiness. At that time terrifying sounds that resembled those of the chariot issued forth from cracks and crevices in the mountains. [...]”.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Sūcaka (सूचक) refers to “tale-bearers”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 16) (“On the planets—graha-bhaktiyoga”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “[...] Mercury also presides over painters, grammarians, mathematicians, physicians, sculptors, spies, jugglers, infants, poets, rogues, tale-bearers (sūcaka), black-magicians, messengers, eunuchs, buffoons, sorcerers and conjurers; over sentinels, dancers and dancing masters; over ghee, gingelly and other oils; over seeds, over bitter flavour, over observers of religious ceremonies, over chemists and mules”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Sūcaka (सूचक) refers to “indicating” (a connection with life), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “The mind which is inflamed by the fire of passion [and] disordered by sense objects accumulates karma which shows a connection with life (janmasaṃbandha-sūcaka). Speech which is based on truth, freed from all [worldly] concern [and] supported by knowledge of the [Jain] scriptures, is to be considered to produce good influx of karma”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sūcaka : (adj.) indicating; one who indicates or informs.

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

Sūcaka, (fr. sūc to point out) an informer, slanderer S. II, 257 (=pesuñña-kāraka C.); Sn. 246. Cp. saṃ°. (Page 721)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sūcaka (सूचक).—a (S) That intimates, instructs, informs, apprizes, acquaints, admonishes, signifies. 2 That pierces.

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sūcaka (सूचक).—n (S) A symptom, sign, indication in general. 2 m A tell-tale, babbler, informer.

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

sūcaka (सूचक).—a That intimates, acquaints. That pierces. n A symptom. An informer.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sūcaka (सूचक).—a. (-cikā f.) [सूच्-ण्वुल् (sūc-ṇvul)]

1) Indicative, indicating, proving, showing.

2) Betraying, informing; स विनाशं व्रजत्याशु सूचकोऽशुचिरेव च (sa vināśaṃ vrajatyāśu sūcako'śucireva ca) Manusmṛti 4.71;11.5.

-kaḥ 1 A piercer.

2) A needle, any instrument for perforating or sewing.

3) An informer, a tale-bearer, traducer, spy; नृपं संसूचयेत् ज्ञात्वा सूचकः स उदाहृतः (nṛpaṃ saṃsūcayet jñātvā sūcakaḥ sa udāhṛtaḥ) Śukra.4. 589

4) narrator, teacher, an instructor.

5) The manager or chief actor of a company.

6) A Buddha.

7) A Siddha.

8) A villain, scoundrel

9) A demon, goblin.

1) A dog.

11) A crow.

12) A cat.

13) A kind of fine rice.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Sūcaka (सूचक).—m. (compare Sanskrit sūcī, sūcikā; Pali sūcikā, both needle and door-bolt), (1) Mahāvyutpatti 5587 °kaḥ = Tibetan gzuṅ(s) gzer, which means bar, orig. peg (in a wall; [Tibetan-English Dictionary]), not railing, balustrade ([Boehtlingk and Roth]) but part of one, = sūcikā; (2) pl. °kāḥ, lit. piercing, needling, epithet of certain ‘winds’ in the body: Śikṣāsamuccaya 248.13 (see s.v. kṣuraka).

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

Sūcaka (सूचक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A spy, an informer. 2. A teacher, an instructor. 3. A needle, a piercer, any instrument for perforating. 4. A dog. 5. A crow. 6. A cat. 7. A scoundrel, a villain. 8. The manager or chief actor of a company. 9. A Bud'dha. 10. A Sid'dha. 11. A demon, an imp or goblin. 12. A kind of fine rice. f.

(-cikā) 1. Indicating, proving. 2. Betraying, informing. E. sūc to make known, ṇvul aff.

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

Sūcaka (सूचक).—[sūc + aka], I. adj. Indicative, [Johnson's Selections from the Mahābhārata.] 15, 59. Ii. m. 1. A spy, an informer. 2. A teacher. 3. A dog. 4. A crow. 5. A cat. 6. A detracter, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 71; 11, 50. 7. A scoundrel. 8. An imp. 9. The manager or chief actor of a company.

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

Sūcaka (सूचक).—[feminine] sūcikā indicating, betraying ([genetive] or —°); [masculine] informer, denouncer, [Name] of a man.

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

1) Sūcaka (सूचक):—[from sūc] mf(ikā)n. pointing out, indicating, showing, designating, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] pointing to ([accusative]), [Harivaṃśa]

3) [v.s. ...] informing, betraying, treacherous, [Caraka]

4) [v.s. ...] m. a denouncer, informer, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

5) [v.s. ...] (the following only in [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]) the manager or chief actor of a company

6) [v.s. ...] a narrator, teacher

7) [v.s. ...] the son of an Āyogava and a Kṣatriyā

8) [v.s. ...] a Buddha

9) [v.s. ...] a Siddha

10) [v.s. ...] demon, imp

11) [v.s. ...] villain, dog

12) [v.s. ...] jackal

13) [v.s. ...] cat

14) [v.s. ...] crow

15) [v.s. ...] needle

16) [v.s. ...] balustrade, parapet

17) [v.s. ...] kind of rice.

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

Sūcaka (सूचक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. A spy; a teacher, a needle; dog; crow; cat; villain; demon; chief actor; a Buddha, a Siddha.

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

Sūcaka (सूचक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Sūaa, Sūaka, Sūaga.

[Sanskrit to German]

Sucaka in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Sūcaka (सूचक) [Also spelled suchak]:—(nm) an informant/informer; a pointer; (a) suggestive, symptomatic; indicative.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Sūcaka (ಸೂಚಕ):—

1) [adjective] indicating; conveying or suggesting some information.

2) [adjective] giving a clue that leads out of a perplexity or to help to solve a problem or mystey.

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Sūcaka (ಸೂಚಕ):—

1) [noun] the act of informing.

2) [noun] something that leads out of a perplexity; a fact or object that helps to solve a problem or mystery.

3) [noun] something that indicates, points out or signifies; a sign; a token.

4) [noun] one who informs; an informant; a spy.

5) [noun] a man who slanders; a slanderer.

6) [noun] a man whose profession is teaching; a teacher.

7) [noun] a man who manages the affairs of a company organisation, etc.; a manager.

8) [noun] a wise man.

9) [noun] a man who has achieved some accomplishment.

10) [noun] a wicked fellow.

11) [noun] the supposed disembodied spirit of a dead person, believed to haunt people; a ghost.

12) [noun] a dog.

13) [noun] a crow.

14) [noun] a domestic cat.

15) [noun] a variety of superior rice.

16) [noun] a festoon made of green leaves, buntings, etc. hung or to be hung at the above the entrance of a house.

17) [noun] a forest.

18) [noun] land or real estate owned; property.

19) [noun] a monkey.

20) [noun] Śiva.

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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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