Taskara: 19 definitions


Taskara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi, biology. 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 Taskar.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Taskara in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Angelica glauca Edgew. from the Apiaceae (Carrot) family having the following synonyms: Angelica nuristanica. For the possible medicinal usage of taskara, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Taskara (तस्कर) is another name for “Kaccūra” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning taskara] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Taskara (तस्कर, “thief”) refers to the first of nine aṃśa (part), according to the Mānasāra. Aṃśa is the alternative sixth of the āyādiṣaḍvarga, or “six principles” that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.

The particular aṃśa (e.g., taskara) of all architectural and iconographic objects (settlement, building, image) must be calculated and ascertained. This process is based on the principle of the remainder. An arithmetical formula to be used in each case is stipulated, which engages one of the basic dimensions of the object (breadth, length, or perimeter/circumference). Among the nine taskara, the ones named ṣaṇḍa and vipat are inauspicious, and should therefore be avoided.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

1) Taskara (तस्कर) refers to “highway men”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 3), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The dark spots, also known as ketus, the sons of Rāhu are Tāmasa, Kīlaka and the like, and are 33 in number. How they affect the earth depends upon their color, position and shape. [...] Even Ṛṣis, reduced to mere skeletons by starvation, giving up their pious course of life, with fleshless infants in their arms. Deprived of their property by highway men [i.e., taskara-vilupta-vitta], with long sighs, closed eyes, emaciated bodies, and with their sight dimmed with the tears of sorrow will proceed with difficulty to other lands”.

2) Taskara (तस्कर) or Taskaraketu refers to certain types of Ketus (i.e., luminous bodies such as comets and meteors), according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 11).—Accordingly, “The comets which are white, of single disc, without tails and glossy are named Vikacā Ketus and are the sons of Jupiter. They are 65 in number; they appear in the south and when they appear mankind will not be happy. The comets that are neither very bright nor clearly visible to the naked eye, and that are long and white are named Taskara Ketus; they are the sons of Mercury, they appear anywhere and are 51 in number; when they appear mankind will feel miserable”.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Taskara (तस्कर) occurs in the Rigveda and frequently later, denoting ‘thief’ or ‘robber.’ It appears to be practically synonymous with Stena, in connexion with which it is often mentioned. The Stena and the Taskara are contrasted in the Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā with the Malimlu, who is a burglar or house-breaker, while they are highwaymen, or, as the Ṛgveda puts it, ‘men who haunt the woods and risk their lives’ (tanū-tyajā vanar-gū). In another passage of the Ṛgveda, however, the dog is told to bark at the Taskara or the Stena, which clearly points to an attempt at house-breaking.

Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Taskara in India is the name of a plant defined with Angelica glauca in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices.

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Journal of Asian Natural Products Research (2008)
· Transactions of the Linnean Society of London (1846)

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

taskara (तस्कर).—m (S) A thief.

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taskarā (तस्करा).—Commonly and properly tajakaraniśī &c.

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

taskara (तस्कर).—m A thief.

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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

Taskara (तस्कर).—

1) A thief, robber; मा संचर मनःपान्थ तत्रास्ते स्मरतस्करः (mā saṃcara manaḥpāntha tatrāste smarataskaraḥ) Bhartṛhari 1.86; Manusmṛti 4.135,8.67.

2) (At the end of comp.) Anything bad or contemptible; अकस्मात् तावदुत्तस्थौ गर्जञ्जलदतस्करः (akasmāt tāvaduttasthau garjañjaladataskaraḥ) Kathāsaritsāgara 11.14.

3) The ear; cf. व्यावृत्ता यत्परस्वेभ्यः श्रुतौ तस्करता स्थिता (vyāvṛttā yatparasvebhyaḥ śrutau taskaratā sthitā) R.1.27.

-rī A passionate woman.

Derivable forms: taskaraḥ (तस्करः).

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

Taskara (तस्कर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A thief, a robber. 2. The ear. 3. A kind of potherb, (Medicago esculenta.) 3. A tree, (Vangueria spinosa:) see madana. f. (-rī) A passionate woman. E. tat that, used depreciatingly, and kara who does, suṭ substituted for the final of tat.

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

Taskara (तस्कर).—[tas-kara] (probably for atas-), m. A thief, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 133.

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

Taskara (तस्कर).—[masculine] thief, robber; [abstract] † [feminine], tva† [neuter]

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

1) Taskara (तस्कर):—m. (for tat-k, [Nirukta, by Yāska iii, 14; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā-prātiśākhya iii, 51]) a thief, robber, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā] etc. (ifc. f(ā). , [Harivaṃśa 5180; Kāmandakīya-nītisāra iv, 53]; cf. a-taskara; ifc. used as a term of contempt [Kathāsaritsāgara ci, 140] [Gaṇaratna-mahodadhi 114])

2) Trigonella corniculata, [Suśruta iv, 37, 15]

3) Vanguiera spinosa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) Ardisia humilis (?), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) the ear (derived [from] [Raghuvaṃśa i, 27]), [Horace H. Wilson]

6) [plural] Name of particular Ketus, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā xi, 20]

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

Taskara (तस्कर):—(raḥ) 1. m. A thief; the ear; a potherb; tree (Vangueria spinosa). f. () Passionate woman.

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

Taskara (तस्कर) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Takkara.

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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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Taskara (तस्कर) [Also spelled taskar]:—(nm) a smuggler; ~[vṛtti] smuggling, a smuggler’s profession.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Taskara (ತಸ್ಕರ):—[noun] a man who steals, esp. secretly or without open force; one guilty of theft; a thief.

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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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