Vanacara, Vana-cara: 10 definitions

Introduction

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

Alternative spellings of this word include Vanachara.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: valmikiramayan.net: Srimad Valmiki Ramayana

Vanacara (वनचर) refers to the “dwellers of forest”, according to the Rāmāyaṇa chapter 2.28. Accordingly:—“[...] soothening with kind words to Sītā, when eyes were blemished with tears, the virtuous Rāma spoke again as follows, for the purpose of waking her turn back: ‘[...] Oh, Sītā the princess of Mithila! The dwellers of forest (vanacara) are to be satisfied with whatever is obtained there, the restricted food. Hence, living in forest is a misery’”.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vanacara.—(EI 12), an animal. Note: vanacara 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

[«previous (V) next»] — Vanacara in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vanacara : (adj.) a forester.

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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

vanacara (वनचर).—a (S) That lives in woods and wilds.

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

vanacara (वनचर).—a That lives in woods and wilds.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vanacara (वनचर).—a. living in a forest, haunting woods, sylvan. (-raḥ) 1 a forester, forest-dweller, woodman; उपतस्थुरास्तितविषादधियः शतयज्वनो वनचरा वसतिम् (upatasthurāstitaviṣādadhiyaḥ śatayajvano vanacarā vasatim) Ki.6.29; Me.12.

2) a wild animal.

3) the fabulous eight-legged animal called Śarabha.

Vanacara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vana and cara (चर).

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

Vanacara (वनचर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A forester, a woodman. 2. A wild animal. 3. The fabulous animal called Sarabha.

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

1) Vanacara (वनचर):—[=vana-cara] [from vana > van] mf(ī)n. roaming in woods, living in a forest, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. a woodman, forester, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] a wild animal, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] the fabulous eight legged animal Sarabha, [Monier-Williams’ 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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