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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Dharana, DhArana, Dhaarana

  1. to bear; to hold; to support; to contain
  2. to become (assume)
  3. 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.