Vashatkara, Vaṣaṭkāra, Vaṣaṭkārā, Vashat-kara: 13 definitions


Vashatkara means something in 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 terms Vaṣaṭkāra and Vaṣaṭkārā can be transliterated into English as Vasatkara or Vashatkara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vashatkara in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

Vaṣaṭkārā (वषट्कारा) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (e.g., Vaṣaṭkārā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार) refers to an epithet of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] obeisance to Thee the blue-necked, the creator, the supreme soul, the universe, the seed of the universe and the cause of the bliss of the universe. You are Oṃkāra, Vaṣaṭkāra, the initiator of enterprises, Hantakāra, Svadhākāra and the partaker of Havya and Kavya offerings always”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार).—Is Śiva.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 26. 34; III. 1. 22.

1b) Sacrifices (Vedic); neglect of, before Pṛthu's advent (see Vaṣaṭkriyā);1 call to gods.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 10. 11.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 23.

2) Vaṣaṭkārā (वषट्कारा).—A mind-born mother.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 20.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार) refers to one of the names for the “sun” [viz., Sūrya], according to the eulogy of the Sun by Manu in the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, the Saurapurāṇa which is purely a Śaivite work, though it purports to be revealed by the Sun, contains some references to practices of Saura Sects, and here and there it identifies Śiva with the Sun. From the eulogy of the Sun by Manu it appears that the sun is the Supreme deity. He is [viz., Vaṣaṭkāra] [...] In another passage Manu while eulogizing the Sun god expresses that the Sun is another form of Lord Śiva. [...]

Purana book cover
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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार) according to the Āpastamba-yajña-paribhāṣā-sūtras.—“with āhutis one should let the act (the pouring out) take place after the Vaṣaṭkāra has been made, or while it is being made”. Commentary: The Vaṣaṭkāra consists in the word Vaṣaṭ, to be uttered by the Hotṛ-priest. The five sacrificial interjections are, svāhā, srauṣaṭ, vauṣaṭ, vaṣaṭ, and svadhā.

Dharmashastra book cover
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vashatkara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार).—the formula or exclamation वषट् (vaṣaṭ).

Derivable forms: vaṣaṭkāraḥ (वषट्कारः).

Vaṣaṭkāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vaṣaṭ and kāra (कार).

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

Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. The formula vaṣaṭ. 2. An oblation made with the exclamation vaṣaṭ. E. vaṣaṭ the exclamation used on this occasion, and kāra making.

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

Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार).—[vaṣaṭ-kāra], m. Oblation with fire, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 11187.

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

Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार).—[masculine] = [preceding] [masculine]

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

Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार):—[=vaṣaṭ-kāra] [from vaṣaṭ] m. the exclamation V° (also personified as a deity), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Atharva-veda; Brāhmaṇa] etc.

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

Vaṣaṭkāra (वषट्कार):—[vaṣa-ṭkāra] (raḥ) 1. m. Burnt-offering.

[Sanskrit to German]

Vashatkara 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»] — Vashatkara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vaṣaṭkāra (ವಷಟ್ಕಾರ):—

1) [noun] an exclamation uttered by the main priest in a sarifice, on hearing of which the sacrificer casts the oblations offered to the deity into the fire.

2) [noun] (fig.) a scolding in abusive language.

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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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