Varam, aka: Varaṃ, Vāram; 4 Definition(s)


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India history and geogprahy

Varam (“day of birth”) refers to a factor taken into consideration, by consulting an astrologer, before marriage among the Agamudaiyans (a cultivating case foundin all the Tamil districts).—Days are calculated, commencing with the first day after the new moon. Counting from the day on which the girl was born, if the young man’s birthday happens to be the fourth, seventh, thirteenth, sixteenth, or seventeenth, it is considered good.

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1
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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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varaṃ : (adv.) better.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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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-English dictionary

Varam (वरम्).—ind. Rather or better than, preferably to, it is better that &c. It is sometimes used with the ablative; समुन्नयन् भूतिमनार्यसंगमाद्वरं विरोधोऽपि समं महात्मभिः (samunnayan bhūtimanāryasaṃgamādvaraṃ virodho'pi samaṃ mahātmabhiḥ) Ki.1.8. But it is generally used absolutely, वरम् (varam) being used with the clause containing the thing preferred, and न च, न तु (na ca, na tu) or न पुनः (na punaḥ) with the clause containing the thing to which the first is preferred, (both being put in the nominative case); वरं मौनं कार्यं न च वचनमुक्तं यदनृतं (varaṃ maunaṃ kāryaṃ na ca vacanamuktaṃ yadanṛtaṃ) ... वरं भिक्षाशित्वं न च परधनास्वादनसुखम् (varaṃ bhikṣāśitvaṃ na ca paradhanāsvādanasukham) H.1.116; वरं प्राणत्यागो न पुनरधमानामुपगमः (varaṃ prāṇatyāgo na punaradhamānāmupagamaḥ) ibid; वरं गर्भस्रावो वरमृतुषु नैवाभिगमनम्, वरं जातप्रेतो वरमपि च कन्यैव जनिता । वरं वन्ध्या भार्या वरमपि च गर्भेषु वसतिर्न चाविद्वान् रूपद्रविणगुणयुक्तोऽपि तनयः (varaṃ garbhasrāvo varamṛtuṣu naivābhigamanam, varaṃ jātapreto varamapi ca kanyaiva janitā | varaṃ vandhyā bhāryā varamapi ca garbheṣu vasatirna cāvidvān rūpadraviṇaguṇayukto'pi tanayaḥ) || Pt.; sometimes न (na) is used without च, तु (ca, tu) or पुनः (punaḥ); याच्ञा मोघा वरमधिगुणे नाधमे लब्धकामा (yācñā moghā varamadhiguṇe nādhame labdhakāmā) Me.6.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Varam (वरम्).—Ind. Better, sooner, rather, preferable: see vara . E. vṛ-amu .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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