Upakarika, Upakārikā: 7 definitions

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Upakarika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Upakārikā (उपकारिका) refers to a “royal tent”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 6.36. According to Kṣīrasvāmin on Amara 2.2.10 who calls it a “royal mansion”. Hemacandra (commentary on Abhidhānacintāmaṇi) follows Kṣīrasvāmin. According to Maṅkhakośa, [upakārikā] is “a tent”. Halāyudha (Abhidhānaratnamālā 2.135) calls [upakārikā] “a dwelling place (gṛhasthāna) of kings”. Here, it might mean “a pavilion” or perhaps “the inner court of a palace”.

Note: Also see the similar Upakāryā, mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 15.1, where it means “a royal tent”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Upakārikā.—probably, a territorial unit around the headquarters of an administrative unit (Ep. Ind., Vol. XV, p. 286). Note: upakārikā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

upakārikā : (f.) 1. benefactress; 2. a buttress.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upakārikā (उपकारिका).—

1) Protectress, a female assistant.

2) A palace.

3) A tent, a caravansera.

4) A kind of cake.

See also (synonyms): upakārī.

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

Upakārikā (उपकारिका).—f.

(-kā) 1. A protectress, a governess. 2. A palace, a caravansera. 3. A kind of cake. E. upakārī as below, &c. kan affix, and the fem. form, or the fem. of upakāraka.

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

1) Upakārikā (उपकारिका):—[=upa-kārikā] [from upa-kāraka > upa-kṛ] f. a protectress, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] a female assistant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] a palace, a caravansery, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a kind of cake, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Upakārikā (उपकारिका):—[upa-kārikā] (kā) f. A protectress; a palace; a kind of cake.

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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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