Abhiti, Abhīti: 11 definitions


Abhiti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Abhīti (अभीति) refers to “fearlessness”, mentioned as one of the objects held in the hands of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.6. Accordingly:—“[...] Directly perceiving the lord of Durgā she [viz., Sandhyā] eulogised the lord of the worlds: [...] Obeisance to Thee, the Yogin whose Saguṇa form is pure, lovely, bedecked in jewels, as white and clean as camphor and which holds in its hand the desired boon, fearlessness (abhīti), the trident and the scalp”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Abhīti (अभीति) refers to the “(gesture of) protection”, according to the Śāradātilaka chapter 12.—Accordingly, while describing Tripurabhairavī Tripurabhairavī: “I bow to the goddess who has the lustre of ten thousand reddish suns, whose matted hair is coloured by the moon digit fastened to it, who has three eyes, whose face is like the full moon, who holds a rosary, a manuscript, (makes the gestures of) protection (abhīti) and wish-granting (abhīṣṭa), who is discomforted by (the burden of her) fleshy and lofty breasts, whose waist is shining with (three skin) folds, whose body is adorned with a garland of (severed) heads shining with large quantities of blood (and) who (wears) very red silk garments and unguents”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Abhīti (अभीति) (Cf. Abhaya) refers to “(the gesture of) safety”, according to the King Vatsarāja’s Pūjāstuti called the Kāmasiddhistuti (also Vāmakeśvarīstuti), guiding one through the worship of the Goddess Nityā.—Accordingly, “[...] I honour Padmā, [beautiful and tender like] a lotus plant. Her eyes are lotus-like and she dwells in a bed of lotuses. Her four arms look splendid with two lotuses [in two hands] and the gestures of grace and safety (abhīti) [in two others]. May the virgin goddess Durgā annihilate my hardships, I pray. Her hands are marked by the conch and discus. She has curly locks and rides [a lion,] the king of wild animals. [...]

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Abhīti (अभीति).—f. Ved. Approach, attack.

Derivable forms: abhītiḥ (अभीतिः).

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Abhīti (अभीति).—a. Not afraid, fearless.

-tiḥ f.

1) Fearlessness.

2) Approach, attack, assault; विश्वा अभीतीरपसो युयोधि (viśvā abhītīrapaso yuyodhi) Ṛgveda 2.33.3.

3) Nearness.

Derivable forms: abhītim (अभीतिम्).

See also (synonyms): abhīta.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhīti (अभीति).—f.

(-tiḥ) Fearlessness. E. a neg. bhīti fear.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhīti (अभीति).—[feminine] assault, attack.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Abhīti (अभीति):—[=a-bhīti] [from a-bhī] 1. a-bhīti f. fearlessness, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [from abhī] 2. abhīti f. assault, [Ṛg-veda ii, 33, 3 and vii, 21, 9.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhīti (अभीति):—[a-bhī+ti] < [a-bhīti] (tiḥ) 2. f. Fearlessness.

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Abhiti in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Abhīti (ಅಭೀತಿ):—[noun] fearlessness; dauntlessness.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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