Vikira: 8 definitions


Vikira means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vikira (विकिर).—A ritual of the śrāddha.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 76. 42.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vikīra (विकीर).—m S Scattering. 2 also vikīrapiṇḍa m & vikīrānna n A loose handful of rice thrown or scattered at a śrāddha to those manes which are not entitled to a well-pressed and formal piṇḍa. Further, vikīrapiṇḍa is applied revilingly to a deformed and ugly child.

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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

Vikira (विकिर).—

1) A scattered portion or fallen bit.

2) One who tears or scatters, a bird; कङ्कोलीफलजग्धिमुग्धविकिर- व्याहारिणस्तद्भुवो भागाः (kaṅkolīphalajagdhimugdhavikira- vyāhāriṇastadbhuvo bhāgāḥ) Māl.6.19.

3) A well.

4) A tree.

5) A scattered portion of rice (offered to hostile beings in a sacrifiee); उच्छिष्टं भागधेयं स्याद्दर्भेषु विकिरश्च यः (ucchiṣṭaṃ bhāgadheyaṃ syāddarbheṣu vikiraśca yaḥ) Ms.3. 245.

6) Water trickled through; Suśr.

Derivable forms: vikiraḥ (विकिरः).

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

Vikira (विकिर).—(see also s.v. vikara; m. or nt.; Sanskrit, not precisely in this sense; compare Sanskrit vikiraṇa), (act of) strewing, throwing about: in [bahuvrīhi] [compound], (padminivanaṃ, or Lumbini- vanaṃ…) varasurabhikusuma-vikiraṃ (so mss. first time, second time °vikaraṃ; Senart em. °nikaraṃ) Mahāvastu i.215.15 = ii.18.11 (verse), having a strewing of beautiful fragrant flowers; °ram, acc. sg. as adv., with throwing about of…, [Prātimokṣasūtra des Sarvāstivādins] 534.1, where text śista-vi°, but see under śista and -pṛthakkārakam.

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

Vikira (विकिर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A bird in general. 2. A well. 3. A fallen fragment, a scattered portion. 4. Scattering. 5. A tree. E. vi apart, &c., kṝ to scatter, ka aff.

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

Vikira (विकिर).—[masculine] a scattered portion of rice etc. ([ritual or religion]); a kind of bird.

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

1) Vikira (विकिर):—[=vi-kira] a vi-kiraṇa, vi-kīrṇa etc. See under vi-√kṝ.

2) [=vi-kira] [from vi-kṝ] b m. scattering or anything scattered, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] a scattered portion of rice (offered to conciliate beings hostile to sacrifice), [Manu-smṛti iii, 245]

4) [v.s. ...] ‘scatterer’, a kind of gallinaceous bird, [Āpastamba]

5) [v.s. ...] a [particular] Agni, [ib.]

6) [v.s. ...] water trickled through, [Suśruta] (cikira, [Bhāvaprakāśa])

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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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