Ulka, aka: Ulkā; 5 Definition(s)


Ulka means something in 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Ulkā (उल्का, “torch”):—In Hindu iconology (śilpaśāstra), this symbol represents the kindling of the fire, or, enthusiasm for the dharma and enlightenment. It is also one of six items that Agni is displayed carrying. Agni, one of the most important Vedic gods, represents divine illumination

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

ulkā (उल्का).—f S Fire falling from heaven; a meteor or falling star. 2 A fire-brand.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ulkā (उल्का).—f Fire falling from heaven, a meteor. A firebrand.

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

Ulkā (उल्का).—[Uṇ.3.42]

1) A fiery phenomenon in the sky, a meteor; विरराज काचन समं महोल्कया (virarāja kācana samaṃ maholkayā) Śi.15.92; Ms.1.38,4.13; Y.1.145.

2) A fire-brand, torch; न हि तापयितुं शक्यं सागराम्भस्तृणोल्कया (na hi tāpayituṃ śakyaṃ sāgarāmbhastṛṇolkayā) H.1.83.

3) Fire, flame; बाधेतोल्काक्षपितचमरीबालभारो दवाग्निः (bādhetolkākṣapitacamarībālabhāro davāgniḥ) Me.55.

4) Name of a grammar.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ulkā (उल्का).—f.

(-lkā) 1. A fire-brand. 2. Fire falling from heaven, a meteor, &c. 3. Flame. 4. Fire. E. uṣ to burn, kak Unadi affix, la substituted for ṣa; or the root is a Sautra root, ula to burn.

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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