From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Dharana, DhArana, Dhaarana
- to bear; to hold; to support; to contain
- to become (assume)
- a nāga son of Kaśyapa (M. Bh.); another name for Śiva. (fem: dharaņī): the earth; the wife of Agnimitra (M. Bh./ V. Rām.); the earth personified as the wife of Dhruva (M. Bh./ V. Rām.); a daughter of Svadhā (D.B. Pur.); a verse in the Atharva Veda considered to cause relief from pain.