Svadhakara, Svadhākāra, Svadhākara, Svadha-kara, Svadhākārā: 10 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Svadhākāra (स्वधाकार) refers to an epithet of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] obeisance to Thee the blue-necked, the creator, the supreme soul, the universe, the seed of the universe and the cause of the bliss of the universe. You are Oṃkāra, Vaṣaṭkāra, the initiator of enterprises, Hantakāra, Svadhākāra and the partaker of Havya and Kavya offerings always”.

Note: Hantakāra and Svadhākāra are particular formulas of benediction. In the present context the three—Vaṣaṭkāra, Hantakāra and Svadhākāra are personified and described as identical with Śiva.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Svadhākāra (स्वधाकार).—Is Śiva.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 26. 34.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Svadhakara in Shaktism glossary
Source: Kamakoti Mandali: Nrisimha matrika-mandala

Svadhākārā (स्वधाकारा) refers to one of the various Mātṛkā-Śaktis created by Rudra in order to destroy the clones that spawned from Andhaka’s body.—Accordingly, [...] Andhakāsura attempted to abduct Girājanandinī (Pārvatī) and thus ensued a fierce battle between Andhakāsura and the great Rudra, the Lord of Umā. Like raktabīja, every drop of blood that fell from the body of Andhaka created another Asura like him and in no time, the entire world was filled with Andhakas. To destroy the growing number of Andhakas, Rudra created innumerable Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Svadhākārā]. These Śaktis of immense power at once began to drink every drop of blood that flowed from the body of Andhaka, but they could still not effectively contain the emergence of more and more demons.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Svadhakara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Svadhākara (स्वधाकर).—a. offering oblations to the Pitṛs; यदपत्यं भवेदस्यां तन्मम स्यात् स्वधाकरम् (yadapatyaṃ bhavedasyāṃ tanmama syāt svadhākaram) Ms.9.127.

Svadhākara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms svadhā and kara (कर).

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Svadhākāra (स्वधाकार).—the exclamation Svadhā; पूतं हि तद्गृहं यत्र स्वधाकारः प्रवर्तते (pūtaṃ hi tadgṛhaṃ yatra svadhākāraḥ pravartate).

Derivable forms: svadhākāraḥ (स्वधाकारः).

Svadhākāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms svadhā and kāra (कार).

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

Svadhākāra (स्वधाकार).—m.

(-raḥ) Pronouncing the exclamation Swadha. E. svadhā, and kāra making; also svadhākara .

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

Svadhākara (स्वधाकर).—[adjective] offering a libation to the Manes or pronouncing the exclamation Svadhā.

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Svadhākāra (स्वधाकार).—[masculine] the exclamation Svadhā.

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

1) Svadhākara (स्वधाकर):—[=sva-dhā-kara] [from sva-dhā > sva] mfn. offering libations and oblations to deceased ancestors or deified progenitors, [Manu-smṛti ix, 127]

2) [v.s. ...] = next, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

3) Svadhākāra (स्वधाकार):—[=sva-dhā-kāra] [from sva-dhā > sva] m. pronouncing the benediction svadhā or the exclamation itself, [Atharva-veda; Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Āpastamba-śrauta-sūtra; Manu-smṛti; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

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

Svadhākāra (स्वधाकार):—[svadhā-kāra] (raḥ) 1. m. Pronouning Swadhā.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Svadhakara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Svadhākāra (ಸ್ವಧಾಕಾರ):—[noun] the exclamation or benediction used on presenting oblations or libation to the gods or departed ancestors.

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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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