Sukara, aka: Śūkara, Shukara, Sūkara, Su-kara; 11 Definition(s)


Sukara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Śūkara can be transliterated into English as Sukara or Shukara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Sukara in Purana glossary... « previous · [S] · next »

1) Śūkara (शूकर).—A country celebrated in the Purāṇas. Kṛti, King of Śūkara had presented thousands of Elephants at Yudhiṣthira’s Rājasūya yāga. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 52, Verse 25).

2) Sūkara (सूकर).—A hell. (See under Kāla, the section 'Hell').

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Śūkara (शूकर).—A hell, intended for the five heinous offences.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 2. 146, 154.

2) Sukara (सुकर).—A Rākṣasa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 166.

3) Sūkara (सूकर).—A kind of hell; here fall the slayers of Brahmans, consumers of spirituous liquors, stealers of gold, etc.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 146, 152; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 6. 2 and 9.
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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Sūkara (सूकर).—Description of a women of swine (sūkara) type;—A woman who has a large back, belly and mouth, hairy and strong body, a very narrow forehead, is fond of ordinary and bulbous roots and fruits, is black, has a face rendered ugly due to big teeth, large thigh and thick hairs, mean habits and many offsprings, is said to have the nature of a swine (sūkara).

Source: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Sūkara (सूकर, “pig”) represents an incarnation destination of the tiryaggati (animal realm) according to the “world of transmigration” section in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVII).—The Bodhisattva sees the animals (tiryak) undergoing all the torments: they are made to gallop by blows of the whip or stick; they are made to make long journeys carrying burdens; their harness is damaged; they are branded with hot iron. As a result of stupid conceit (mithyāmāna), they re reborn as [for example], an pig (sūkara).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Śūkara (शूकर) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Śūkarī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Medinīcakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the medinīcakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Śūkara] are yellow in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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sukara : (adj.) easy; easily done. || sūkara (m.), a pig; a hog.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Sūkara, (Sk. sūkara, perhaps as sū+kara; cp. Av. hū pig, Gr. u(_s; Lat. sūs; Ags. sū=E. sow) a hog, pig Vin. I, 200; D. I, 5; A. II, 42 (kukkuṭa+), 209; It. 36; J. I, 197 (Muṇika); II, 419 (Sālūka); III, 287 (Cullatuṇḍila & Mahā-tuṇḍila); Miln. 118, 267; VbhA. 11 (vara-sayane sayāpita).—f. sūkarī J. II, 406 (read vañjha°).

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

śūkara (शूकर).—m S A hog. śūkarī f S A sow.

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sukara (सुकर).—a (S) Easy to be done, accomplished, or attained; facile, feasible, practicable, achievable.

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sūkara (सूकर).—m S A hog. 2 The hog-deer.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śūkara (शूकर).—m A hog. śūkarī f A sow.

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sukara (सुकर).—a Easy to be done; facile.

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sūkara (सूकर).—m A hog; the hog-deer.

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

Śūkara (शूकर).—A hog; गच्छ शूकर भद्रं ते वद सिंहो मया हतः । पण्डिता एव जानन्ति सिंहशूकरयोर्बलम् (gaccha śūkara bhadraṃ te vada siṃho mayā hataḥ | paṇḍitā eva jānanti siṃhaśūkarayorbalam) || Subhāṣ.

Derivable forms: śūkaraḥ (शूकरः).

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Sūkara (सूकर).—[sū-karan kit Uṇ.4.5]

1) A hog, pig; see शूकर (śūkara).

2) A sort of deer.

3) A potter.

-rī 1 A sow; पतिलोकं न सा याति ब्राह्मणी या सुरां पिबेत् । इहैव सा शुनी गृध्री सूकरी चोप- जायते (patilokaṃ na sā yāti brāhmaṇī yā surāṃ pibet | ihaiva sā śunī gṛdhrī sūkarī copa- jāyate) || Y.3.256.

2) A sort of moss.

Derivable forms: sūkaraḥ (सूकरः).

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Sukara (सुकर).—a.

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Sukara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and kara (कर).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śūkara (शूकर).—m.

(-raḥ) A hog. f. (-rī) 1. A kind of moss, (Lycopodium inbricatum.) 2. A sow. E. śūka an awn, (a bristle,) ra aff.; or śū imitative sound, kṛ to make, with ac and ṭhāp aff.

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Sukara (सुकर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā or -rī-raṃ) 1. Easy, practicable, attainable. 2. Doing well or becomingly. n.

(-raṃ) Doing good to, charity, benevolence. f.

(-rā) A tractable cow. E. su pleasure, kṛ to make or confer, khal aff.

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Sukara (सुकर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A hog. 2. A potter. 3. A sort of deer, (the hog-deer.) f. (-rī) 1. A sort of moss, (Lycopodium imbricatum.) 2. A sow. E. sa substituted for śa; see śūkara .

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Sūkāra (सूकार).—n.

(-raṃ) Snorting, roaring, any sound expressive of impatience or aversion. E. sūt imitative sound, and kāra making.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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