Thursday, July 22, 2010

the cars, oops kAra's in sanskrit

the suffix -kAra makes the 'doer of' 'maker of/by/with'
  • स्वर्णकारः = swarNa-kAraH = maker (kAraH) [with] gold (swarNa)= goldsmith; 
  • लौहकारः = lauha-kAraH = maker [with] iron (lauha) ; 
  • मालाकारः = mAlA-kAraH = maker of garlands, gardener; 
  • चित्रकारः = chitra-kAraH = maker of drawings (chitra), painter; 
  • चर्मकारः = charma-kAraH = maker with leather, cobbler (charma = leather); 
  • कुम्भकारः = kumbha-kAraH = maker of pots, potter (kumbha = pot)

but don't confuse with other words like
  • पुरस्कार = puraskAra = prize
  • सत्कार = satkAra = hospitality
  • निराकार = nirAkAra = formless
  • चमत्कार = chamtkAra = miracle
  • नमस्कार = namaskAra = salutation
  • तिरस्कार = tiraskAra = neglect, insult
  • उपकार = upakAra = favor
  • अ-कार, उ-कार, म-कार = akAra, ukAra, makAra = sound of a-, u-, m- (as in OM)


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

How would you translate kAra when used with ॐकार onkAra, or अ-कार, उ-कार, म-कार = akAra, ukAra, makAra

shashi said...

-kAra means either the action or the act.
so in the first set it means the actor/doer.
in the second set it means the act.
a-kAra means the sound of 'a'
u-kAra means the sound of 'u' etc.

Anonymous said...

What does MAKARA mean (as in the Makara fish in the ocean). How do you split the word and what does it mean etymologically?

Giridhari
(giridhari_108@yahoo.com)

Abhishek Kakkerla said...

karate in japanese language seems to have same meaning
te = hands in japanese ... and we can see this in sanskrit word namaste = namah+te .... so kara+te means some work done by hands and we already know what karate is. 'te' in karate is actually pronounced as 'te' in namaste

k.b.abhishek
(abhishek.kakkerla@gmail.com)

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