From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By M. A. Alwar
Irā is a feminine form.
It can be derived in two ways:
- It can be split as "iṁ kāmaṁ rāti dadāti" which means 'That which fulfills desires' by adding the suffix ka to i+rā.
- It can be split as "eti gacchatīti" which means 'That which goes'. It is obtained by adding the suffix i+ran+ṭāp with the absence of guṇa by nipātana.
It is used in several meanings:
- The Earth
- One of the wives of Kaśyapa
- Name of a demon
In the sense of water as, “Carrying water, and sprinkling ghee, Let them enter along with MItra.”
In the sense of wife of Kaśyapa as in, “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”
In the sense of a demon as in “Marīciḥ, Maghavān, Irā, śañkhaśirāḥ and Vṛkaḥ”.
- Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu