Tomara: 18 definitions

Introduction

Tomara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Tomara (तोमर, “javelin”):—In Hindu iconology (śilpaśāstra), this symbol has the same characteristics as the spear, which is mental focus on the goal. It is also one of six items that Agni is displayed carrying. Agni, one of the most important Vedic gods, represents divine illumination

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Tomara (तोमर).—A place of habitation situated on the northeast part of Bhārata. (Śloka 69, Chapter 9, Bhīṣma Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Tomara (तोमर).—An eastern hill tribe;1 an eastern kingdom;2 country of the, watered by the Nalinī.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 51; Matsya-purāṇa 121. 58; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 120; 47. 56.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 68.
  • 3) Ib. II. 18. 59.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Tomara (तोमर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.17.11, III.167.20, III.170.17) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Tomara) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda

Tomara (तोमर) refers to a weapon (“lance”, “javelin”). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

Source: Shodhganga: Kakati Ganapatideva and his times (weapons)

Tomara refers to an iron club and represents a kind of weapon employed in warfare by the soldiers, according to Śrīnātha’s 15th century Palanāṭivīra-caritra. The Vardhmānapuram inscription states that the king should be proficient in dealing several varieties of weapons.

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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Tomara (तोमर) refers to a weapon which should measure should measure eight tālas (unit of measurement), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. In dramatic plays, weapons such as tomara should be made by experts using proper measurements and given to persons engaged in a fight, angry conflict or siege. It forms a component of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation).

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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Tomara (तोमर) refers to one of the 130 varṇavṛttas (syllabo-quantitative verse) dealt with in the second chapter of the Vṛttamuktāvalī, ascribed to Durgādatta (19th century), author of eight Sanskrit work and patronised by Hindupati: an ancient king of the Bundela tribe (presently Bundelkhand of Uttar Pradesh). A Varṇavṛtta (eg., tomara) refers to a type of classical Sanskrit metre depending on syllable count where the light-heavy patterns are fixed.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Wisdom Library: India History

Tomara refers to one of the thirty-six Rajput clans, according to various inscriptions and literature. They are possible part Padmanabha list, who compiled the 15th-century Kanhadadeprabandha, a work describing the Muslim invasion of Gujarat of 1298 AD. The kingdom or dynasty of the Tomaras had their own princes and nobles and were further separated into sub-clans and families. Their name can also be spelled as Tomar.

The Rajputs are a Hindu race claiming to be descendants of the ancient Kṣatriya-varṇa (warrior caste). Originally, the Rajputs consisted of two principal branches: the Sūryavaṃśa (solar race) and the Candravaṃśa (lunar race), to which later was added the Agnivaṃśa (fire-born race).

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

tomara : (m.; nt.) a spear; a lance (for driving elephants).

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

Tomara, (m. nt.) (Sk. tomara from tud, see tudati) a pike, spear, lance, esp. the lance of an elephant-driver D. II, 266 (tutta-t. a driving lance); M. III, 133 (t. hattha); Vism. 235; DA. I, 147. (Page 307)

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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

tōmara (तोमर).—m n S An iron club or crow.

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tomara (तोमर).—

1) An iron club; Mb.7.142.45.

2) A javelin.

3) A kind of crescent-shaped edge of an arrow with the ends of the crescent pointing downwards; Dhanur. V.

Derivable forms: tomaraḥ (तोमरः), tomaram (तोमरम्).

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

Tomara (तोमर).—(mss. sometimes Tomala), name of a Licchavi leader: Mahāvastu i.254.13 ff.; 288.6. Probably a family or gotra name, since the person uses the pl. Tomarāṇām (of whom he is one) in 256.3.

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

Tomara (तोमर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) 1. An iron club or crow. 2. A lance. E. tu Sautra root, to hurt, affix vic, tu that which injures, mṛ to die, affix karaṇe ac, and the vowel of tu changed.

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

Tomara (तोमर).— (perhaps tud + man + a, with r for n). 1. m. and n. A javelin, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 74, 31. 2. m. pl. The name of a people, Mahābhārata 6, 377.

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

Tomara (तोमर).—[masculine] [neuter] spear, lance; [masculine] [plural] [Name] of a people.

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

1) Tomara (तोमर):—mn. ([gana] ardharcādi) a lance, javelin, [Mahābhārata] etc.

2) m. [plural] Name of a people, [vi, 377]

3) m. sg. Name of the ancestor of a commentator on [Devī-māhātmya]

4) n. a metre of 4 x 9 syllables.

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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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