Ukara, Ukāra, Ūkāra: 12 definitions


Ukara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Ukāra (उकार).—The fourth face of Brahmā whence came Tāmasa Manu of copper colour.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 26. 36.

1b) (Svarita, Bhuva.)*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 20. 8-9.

2) Ūkāra (ऊकार).—The fifth face of the fourteen faced god, Cariṣṇava Manu of the pīta colour.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 26. 37.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Ukāra (उकार) refers to “u” (i.e., ‘the letter known as u’), according to the Netratantroddyota commentary on the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 22.14]—“[...] [Praṇava] grasps everything with its constituent parts. [Praṇava] is unestablished, has become manifest by means of [Śiva’s] internalized autonomy, is without [anything] remnant, [and composed of] the constituent elements that will be taught. [Praṇava] begins with the letter a (akāra) and u (ukāra), etc. In the same way [i.e., because he is made of the same constituent parts], [the Mantrin is able] to grasp everything up to samanā (he internalizes all levels of the sound). [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ukara (उकर).—m ukarī f C (ukaraṇēṃ) A heap of earth scratched up or out.

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

ukara (उकर).—m A heap of earth scratched up or out.

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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

Ukāra (उकार).—

1) The vowel उ (u); अकार उकारो मकारः (akāra ukāro makāraḥ) Māṇd. Up.8.

2) The god Śiva.

Derivable forms: ukāraḥ (उकारः).

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

Ukara (उकर).—(°-) (?) (v.l. udakara-, utkara-; compare ugra-lipi), in Mahāvastu i.135.6 (prose) ukara-madhura-darada-cīṇa- (etc.), sc. lipi, a list of various kinds of writing. Senart would em. ukaramadhura to uttara-kuru, very implausibly; the parallel Lalitavistara passage has ugra-lipi which surely represents the same original as this word.

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

Ukāra (उकार).—[masculine] the sound u.

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Ūkāra (ऊकार).—[masculine] the sound ū.

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

1) Ukāra (उकार):—[=u-kāra] [from u] m. the letter or sound u.

2) Ūkāra (ऊकार):—[=ū-kāra] [from ū] m. the letter or sound ū, [Taittirīya-prātiśākhya; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā-prātiśākhya]

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Ukara 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

1) Ukāra (उकार):—(nm) the vowel u ([u]) and its sound; ~[rāṃta] a word ending in u ([u]).

2) Ūkāra (ऊकार):—(nm) the letter u: ([ū]) and its sound; ~[rāṃta] (a word) endin u: ([ū]).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ukāra (ಉಕಾರ):—

1) [noun] the letter ' [u] '.

2) [noun] the second of the three syllables that make the sacred compound-syllable ' ಓಂ [om] '.

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Ūkāra (ಊಕಾರ):—[noun] the letter ' ಊ'.

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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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