Vadaka, Vādaka: 13 definitions


Vadaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vadak.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Vādaka (वादक) refers to “players on musical instruments”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 10), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If the course of Saturn should lie through the first constellation of Aśviṇī, horses, horse-keepers, poets, physicians and ministers will perish. If it should lie through the constellation of Bharaṇi, dancers, players on musical instruments [i.e., vādaka], vocal singers, low people and deceitful men will perish. If his course should lie through the constellation of Kṛttikā, persons that live by fire and commanders of armies will perish; and if through Rohiṇ, the people of Kośala, of Madra, Kāśī or Benares, of Pāñcāla and carriage drivers will suffer”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vādaka (वादक) refers to the “instrument players”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.46 (“The arrival of the bridegroom”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] The instrument players (vādaka) played on musical instruments in sweet tones showing their diverse skill. The delighted Himācala too carried out the customary rites of reception at the entrance. Menā also jubilantly took part in the same along with all the womenfolk. She made formal inquiries about the health of the bridegroom and gladly went into the house. Śiva went to the apartments assigned to Him along with the Gaṇas and the gods. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vādaka : (m.) player on a musical instrument.

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

Vādaka, (adj. n.) (fr. vāda) doctrinal, sectarian, heretical; vagga° (either vagga1 or vagga2) professing somebody’s party, sectarian, schismatic Vin. III, 175 (anu-vattaka+); vādaka-sammuti doctrinal (sectarian) statement A. IV, 347. (Page 608)

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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

vādaka (वादक).—a S That beats or plays a musical instrument: also that makes to sound generally.

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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

Vādaka (वादक).—

1) A musician; वादयामासुरव्यग्रा वादका राजशासनात् (vādayāmāsuravyagrā vādakā rājaśāsanāt) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 5.156.27.

2) A speaker.

Derivable forms: vādakaḥ (वादकः).

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

Vāḍaka (वाडक).—[, nt., mss. at Mahāvastu i.340.12, should = Sanskrit vāṭaka ([Boehtlingk]) = vāṭa, enclosure; but Senart is probably right in emending (to chātrakaṃ, or perhaps better) to chattra- kaṃ, q.v.]

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

Vādaka (वादक).—i. e. vad, [Causal.], + aka, adj. sbst. 1. A musician, [Johnson's Selections from the Mahābhārata.] 52, 116. 2. A speaker.

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

1) Vadaka (वदक):—[from vad] See dur-v.

2) Vādaka (वादक):—[from vāda] mfn. ([from] [Causal] of √vad) making a speech, speaking, a speaker, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

3) [v.s. ...] m. a musician, [Saṃgīta-sārasaṃgraha]

4) [v.s. ...] a [particular] mode of beating a drum, [ib.]

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

Vādaka (वादक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Vāyaga, Vediga.

[Sanskrit to German]

Vadaka 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

Vādaka (वादक) [Also spelled vadak]:—(nm) an instrumentalist, one who plays on a musical instrument; -[vṛṃda] orchestra.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vādaka (ವಾದಕ):—

1) [noun] he who talks or converses with; a talker; a converser.

2) [noun] a man who plays a musical instrument.

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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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