Vanacarin, Vanacārin, Vanacārī, Vanacari: 10 definitions


Vanacarin means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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 Vanacharin.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vanacarin in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vanacārin (वनचारिन्) refers to the “wanderer in the forest” and is a name of Viṣṇu, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.15:—“[...] a boar (vārāha) has the power of steadily going deep below. Hence Viṣṇu, the wanderer in the forest (Vanacārin), assumed the form of the boar. [...]”.

Source: Srimad Valmiki Ramayana

Vanacārin (वनचारिन्) refers to those who “which roam in the forest”, according to the Rāmāyaṇa chapter 2.29. Accordingly:—“[...] Sītā was distressed to hear these words of Rāma and spoke these words slowly, with her face with tears: ‘[...] Oh Rāma! Antelopes, lions, elephants, tigers, Śarabhas (legendary animal with eight legs), birds, yaks and all others which roam in the forest (vanacārin), run away after seeing your form, since they have never seen your figure before. When there is cause for fear, who would not have fear?’”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vanacarin in Shaivism glossary
Source: HAL: The function of the Vṛṣasārasaṃgraha in the Śivadharma corpus

Vanacārin (वनचारिन्) refers to one of the Six Āśramas, according to the Kubjikā-Nityāhnikatilaka: a 10th century text drawing from Tantras and other sources such as the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā.—The system of the four Brahmanical Āśramas also survived practically intact during the time of the Tantric and non-Tantric manifestations of Śaivism and Vaiṣṇavism. Furthermore, the Nityāhnikatilaka (NGMPP 3384, A 41/11, fols 2r–3r), a post-tenth-century text of the Kubjikā tradition, teaches Six Āśramas [e.g., Vanacārin] mostly intended for Yogins .

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vanacarin in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vanacārī : (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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vanacarin in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vanacārin (वनचारिन्).—mfn. (-rī-riṇī-ri) Forest, forester, savage. E. vana, and cārin who goes.

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

Vanacārin (वनचारिन्).—[adjective] & [masculine] = vanacara.

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

Vanacārin (वनचारिन्):—[=vana-cārin] [from vana > van] mfn. = -cara, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata etc.]

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

Vanacārin (वनचारिन्):—[vana-cārin] (rī-riṇī-ri) a. Living in woods, savage.

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Vanacarin 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vanacarin in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vanacari (ವನಚರಿ):—

1) [noun] a woman wandering in forests.

2) [noun] a woman living in a forest.

3) [noun] a woman belonging to the hunter caste.

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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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