Varshaka, Varṣaka: 5 definitions


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

The Sanskrit term Varṣaka can be transliterated into English as Varsaka or Varshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Varṣaka (वर्षक) (Cf. Pravarṣaka) refers to “pouring (raining)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] Then, by the unconditioned magical power of manifestation, by the miraculous performances (vikrīḍita) of the Buddha [Ekaratnavyūha], [Gaganagañja with the other Bodhisattvas] teleported from the Mahāvyūha universe to the Sahā universe, in one moment of thought, and sat down there. They showered flowers, garlands, powders, perfumes, unguents, parasols, banners, flags from the Mahāvyūha universe pouring down as rain (varṣa-abhi-pra-varṣaka)”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Varṣaka (वर्षक).—a. Raining.

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

Varṣaka (वर्षक).—(1) m. (Pali only vassika as adj.), house, hut for the rainy season, for monks or nuns: °kaḥ Mahāvyutpatti 9154 = Tibetan dbyar khaṅ, which means not summer-house ([Boehtlingk and Roth]) but the above; bhikṣuṇī-varṣakaḥ Avadāna-śataka i.269.6; var- ṣake 11; (2) probably for varṣika- or varṣikā, q.v., a kind of jasmine: varṣaka-dhānuṣkāri- (so read, see s.v. dhā- nuṣkārin) Mahāvastu iii.80.4 (verse); compare next.

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

1) Varṣaka (वर्षक):—[from varṣa] mfn. raining, falling like rain, [Pāṇini; Siddhānta-kaumudī]

2) [v.s. ...] m. or n. (?) a summer-house, [Buddhist literature]

3) [v.s. ...] m. (ifc.) = varṣa, a year (e.g. pañca-v, 5 years old), [Mahābhārata]

4) Vārṣaka (वार्षक):—[from vārṣa] n. ([from] varṣa, division of the world) Name of one of the 10 parts into which Su-dyumna divided the world, [Vahni-purāṇa]

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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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