Vahaka, Vāhaka: 17 definitions


Vahaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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 Vahak.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vāhaka (वाहक) [=vāhakī, Cf. pravāhaka?] refers to “transporting” [?], according to the Jayadrathayāmala: one of the earliest and most extensive Tantric sources of the Kālīkrama system.—Accordingly, as Bhairava teaches the Goddess about his inner state: “[...] (She is) Kālī who generates (kalanī) time, who causes (all the states of consciousness) from the Fourth onwards to unfold. As she drags (all time) properly (into her own Voidness), she is said to be the One Who Drags—Saṃkarṣaṇī. As she drags (out) the supreme place (sthāna) in the Void from (her own) body and if one stimulates (consciousness) (pīḍayet) (she) awakens, so she is said to be the One Who Drags—Saṃkarṣaṇī. As she abides as the Void and transports the breath of inhalation and exhalation [i.e., prāṇāpāna-pravāhakī] and resides in the End of the Twelve, she is said to be the supreme Kālī. As she measures out time, Kālī is the (true) deity”.—(cf. Kandacakra, Kālabhakṣaṇī)

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Vāhaka (वाहक) refers to “one who bears (fetters)”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Like an actor here on the stage, the embodied soul [com.yantra-vāhaka—‘one who bears fetters’] continually takes on individual characters [and] he abandons others. Sentient beings, inflamed by very intense pleasure [and] unsteady from affliction by wrong faith, wander about in a five-fold life that is difficult to be traversed”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vāhaka.—(EI 3), probably, a driver or attendant of cattle. Note: vāhaka 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 mythology, zoology, 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

vāhaka : (m.) one who bears or carries away; leading to; a current.

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

Vāhaka, (fr. vāheti) that which carries (or causes to carry) away, i.e. a current, torrent, flow; only in combination with udaka° a flood of water A. I, 178; Vin. I, 32; Miln. 176. (Page 611)

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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

vāhaka (वाहक).—a (S) That carries or bears; that conveys generally.

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

vāhaka (वाहक).—a That carries or bears.

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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

Vāhaka (वाहक).—[vah-ṇvul]

1) A porter.

2) A coach-driver.

3) A horseman.

4) A water-channel, a vehicle.

Derivable forms: vāhakaḥ (वाहकः).

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

Vāhaka (वाहक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A horseman. 2. A porter, a carrier. E. vah to bear, aff. ṇvul .

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

Vāhaka (वाहक).—i. e. vah + aka, m. 1. A horseman. 2. A porter, [Pañcatantra] ii. [distich] 149; 156, 2.

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

Vāhaka (वाहक).—[feminine] hikā carrying, bringing.

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

1) Vāhaka (वाहक):—[from vāh] mf(ikā)n. one who bears or carries, bearer, carrier, conveyer, [Yājñavalkya; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] (ifc.) causing to flow, carrying along, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] setting in motion, [Prabodha-candrodaya]

4) [v.s. ...] stroking (in aṅga-v), [Matsya-purāṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] m. a [particular] venomous insect, [Suśruta] (cf. vāhyakī)

6) [v.s. ...] a driver or rider, [Horace H. Wilson]

7) [v.s. ...] [wrong reading] for bārhataka q.v.

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

Vāhaka (वाहक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. A horseman, a porter.

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

Vāhaka (वाहक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vāhaya.

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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

Vāhaka (वाहक) [Also spelled vahak]:—(nm) a carrier; vehicle; bearer; porter; hence ~[hikā] (nf).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vāhaka (ವಾಹಕ):—

1) [adjective] carrying a load; drafting.

2) [adjective] conveying (a message, letters, etc.).

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Vāhaka (ವಾಹಕ):—

1) [noun] any means in or by which someone travels or something is carried or conveyed; a vehicle.

2) [noun] a man who carries a load (on his head, shoulder, back, etc.).

3) [noun] a medium through which something (as electric current, heat, water, etc.) is conveyed or transported.

4) [noun] a means of communication that reaches the general public; a medium.

5) [noun] a man who runs a machine or other devices.

6) [noun] a driver of a vehicle.

7) [noun] a rider of a horse.

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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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