Irā

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• Irā – f. It can be derived in two ways. 1. iṁ kāmaṁ rāti dadāti (That which fulfills desires), by adding the suffix ka to i+rā. 2. eti gacchatīti (That which goes). i+ran+ṭāp. Absence of guṇa is by nipātana. It is used in several meanings - 1. The Earth. 2. Sentence 3. Liquor 4. Water– Amara 4. Sarasvatī – śabdaratnāvalī 5. Food 6. One of the wives of Kaśyapa 7. Name of a demon In the sense of water: āśvalāyanagṛhyasūtram 2|9 Trans. “Carrying water, and sprinkling ghee, Let them enter along with MItra.” In the sense of wife of Kaśyapa: Garuḍa, Chap 6. Trans. “I shall now recite the names of the lawful wives of Kaśyapa – Aditi, Diti, Danu, Kālā, Amāyu, Siṁhikā, Muni, Kadru, Prādhā, Irā, Krodhā, Vinatā, Surabhi, Khaśā” Her creation, as in इरा वृक्षलता वल्ली... In the sense of a demon: Harivaṁśam 3|82 Trans. “Marīciḥ, Maghavān, Irā, śañkhaśirāḥ and Vṛkaḥ”