Aditya, Āditya: 42 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "The Son Of Aditi"

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Google Books: The Hindu Temple, Volume 1

Āditya (आदित्य):—The 8 Ādityas preside over the suns, the celestial luminaries. It is from there that this universe is brought into appearance or existence, ordered in its total extend and consistent in its order. Its consistence expresses itself in the numbers and their relation which is the rhythm of the universe and its structure. This is laid out in the plan of sixty-four squares.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Āditya (आदित्य) is a Sanskrit word referring to celestial deities. Acording to the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.82-88, when Brahmā, Indra and all other gods went to inspect the playhouse (nāṭyamaṇḍapa) designed by Viśvakarmā, he assigned different deities for the protection of the playhouse itself, as well as for the objects relating to dramatic performance (prayoga).

As such, Brahmā assigned the Ādityas and the Rudras to the space between the pillars (stambha). The protection of the playhouse was enacted because of the jealous Vighnas (malevolent spirits), who began to create terror for the actors.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Āditya (आदित्य).—The twelve sons born to the sage Kaśyapa of his wife Aditi are known as the twelve Ādityas. They are the following: Dhātā, Mitra, Aryamā, Rudra, Varuṇa, Sūrya, Bhaga, Vivasvān, Pūṣā, Savitā, Tvaṣṭā and Viṣṇu. Besides these Aditi had twentyone children including Indra. All of them are called Ādityas meaning children of Aditi. From the thirtythree sons of Aditi were born the thirtythree crores of devatās. Of these the eldest is Indra and the youngest, Vāmana. (Śloka 36, Chapter 66, Ādi Parva, Mahābhārata). (There is corroboration for this in Śloka 14, Sarga 14, Araṇya Kāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa).

Sirdar K.M. Panikar in his preface to the book "Ṛgvedasaṃhitā" writes thus about Ādityas: "Generally we think of Sūrya (the Sun) when we hear the word Āditya. But there are many different Ādityas in Ṛgveda, chief of them is Varuṇa. Though Savitā, Pūṣā and Mitra are all synonyms of Sūrya in Ṛgveda they are all separate devas. There is no end to the varieties of Ādityas and their prominence in the Vedas. Summarising we can say thus. The familiar devas like Indra, Agni, Varuṇa and Sūrya are not found in the same form or power as we are taught to believe. Those whom we have lowered down to the posts of the eight sentries of the universe are very prominent devatās in the Vedas. Many Ādityas have merged in Sūrya and winds in the god of Vāyu. Rudra has merged in Śiva. Who will believe that the all-powerful Deva of the Ṛgveda and the vainglorious Indra who lives in fear of men doing penance are one and the same person?"

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Āditya (आदित्य) refers to a group of deities that was once worshipped in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) according to the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Various groups of the deities like Ādityas, Vasus, Sādhyas, Viśvedevas and Maruts have their place in the pantheon of the Nīlamata but nothing significant is said about them.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Āditya (आदित्य) refers to one of the various classifications of Gaṇas: a group of deities attached to Lord Śiva.—Gaṇas are troops who generally appear in classes. Nine such classes are mentioned in the Purāṇas: They are (1) Ādityas (2) Viśvas or Viśvedevas (3) Vasus (4) Tuṣitas (5) Ābhāsvaras (6) Anilas (7) Mahārājikas (8) Sādhyas (9) Rudras. These are attached to Lord Śiva and serve under the command of Gaṇeśa, dwelling on Gaṇaparvata identified with Kailāsa—a peak of the Himālaya mountain.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Āditya (आदित्य).—Patronymic of Vidhātṛ.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 18. 3.

1b) A name of Sūrya (s.v.);1 presented the jewel Syamantaka to Satrājit.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 3; Matsya-purāṇa 2. 31-4.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 13. 11.

1c) From ādāna receiving waters and letting them off; kālāgni, pitāmaha and soma, all prapitāmahas;1 same as Rudra; see rudra.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 12. 37; 31. 29-35.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 10. 22.

1d) A division of the night.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 44.

1e) Sons of Aditi and Kaśyapa, originally Vaikuṇṭhas and Sādhyas;1 Gods of the Vaivasvata epoch at the commencement of the first tretāyuga, known as Jayadevas;2 twelve in number; were known as tuṣitas in the Cākṣuṣa epoch.3 Names were indra, dhātṛ, bhaga, tvaṣṭṛ, mitra, varuṇa, yama, vivasvat, savitṛ, pūṣan, aṃśumat, and viṣṇu.4 Born of Viṣṇu as their overlord.5 Escorted Indra; vanquished Diti's sons, and vanquished by Rāvaṇa;6 came with gods to Dvārakā to request Kṛṣṇa to leave for Vaikuṇṭha.7 One of the names of the first marut gaṇa.8 Born with Rudras.9 Residents of Bhuvarloka.10 Offered presents (upāyana) at the time of the marriage of Kāmeśvara with Lalitā.11 Praised Lalitā when Bhaṇḍa was killed.12

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 38. 3; III. 1. 61; 3. 57-61, 67-8; 4. 34; Matsya-purāṇa 171. 55; Vāyu-purāṇa 30. 83, 99, 163; 39. 49; 64. 2; 66. 60, 66-7; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 129.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 13. 4; VI. 7. 2; 10. 17; Matsya-purāṇa 9. 29.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 44; Matsya-purāṇa 6. 3; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 132.
  • 4) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 30-45; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 24. 33-4, 75; 26-42; Matsya-purāṇa 132. 3; 247. 10; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 130-1.
  • 5) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 1. 17-8; 4. 5; Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 30f; XI. 16. 13. Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 5.
  • 6) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 48; 7. 254.
  • 7) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 6. 2.
  • 8) Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 123.
  • 9) Ib. 65. 61.
  • 10) Ib. 101. 30; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 2. 28-9.
  • 11) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 15. 24.
  • 12) Ib. IV. 30. 8.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Āditya (आदित्य) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.14, I.65, I.60.37) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Āditya) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

1) Āditya (आदित्य) refers to the offspring of Aditi: one of the thirteen of Dakṣa’s sixty daughters given to Kaśyapa in marriage, according to one account of Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, Kaśyapa’s thirteen wives are [viz., Aditi].

Aditi gives birth to twelve Ādityas, viz.

  1. Aṃśa,
  2. Dhātā,
  3. Bhaga,
  4. Tvaṣṭā,
  5. Mitra,
  6. Varuṇa,
  7. Aryamā,
  8. Vivasvān,
  9. Savitā,
  10. Pūṣā,
  11. Aṃśumān,
  12. Viṣṇu.

2) Āditya (आदित्य) refers to a group of deities in the Vaivasvatamanvantara.—Accordingly, “The present, the seventh manvantara is Vaivasvata [viz., vaivasvatamanvantara]. In this manvantara, Purandara is the Indra who is the Subduer of the pride of the Asuras; The gods are the Ādityas, the Rudras, the Vasus and the Maruts. The seven seers are Vasiṣṭha, Kaśyapa, Atri, Jamadagni, Gautama, Viśvāmitra and Bharadvāja.”.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Āditya (आदित्य) is another name for Punarvasu, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 15) (“On the nakṣatras—‘asterisms’”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “Those who are born on the lunar day of Punarvasu [i.e., āditya] will be noted for truthfulness, generosity, cleanliness, respectable descent, personal beauty, sense, fame and wealth; they will also be merchants, dealing in excellent articles, will be fond of service and will delight in the company of painters and sculptors. [...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)

Source: Hindu Mathematics

Āditya (आदित्य) represents the number 12 (twelve) in the “word-numeral system” (bhūtasaṃkhyā), which was used in Sanskrit texts dealing with astronomy, mathematics, metrics, as well as in the dates of inscriptions and manuscripts in ancient Indian literature.—A system of expressing numbers by means of words arranged as in the place-value notation was developed and perfected in India in the early centuries of the Christian era. In this system the numerals [e.g., 12—āditya] are expressed by names of things, beings or concepts, which, naturally or in accordance with the teaching of the Śāstras, connote numbers.

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Ganitashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, gaṇitaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mathematics, algebra, number theory, arithmetic, etc. Closely allied with astronomy, both were commonly taught and studied in universities, even since the 1st millennium BCE. Ganita-shastra also includes ritualistic math-books such as the Shulba-sutras.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (shilpa)

Āditya (Sun-God) iconography is described in the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—According to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa the image of Sun god should be adorned with bright coloured attire. The body of Sun god should be covered by an armour. The Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa states that the image of Sun god should have four hands. Sunbeams, reins should be placed in the left and a lotus should be placed in the right hand of the idol of the Sun (Ravi).

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āraṇyaka

Āditya (आदित्य, “sun”) refers to one of the devatāpañcaka (fivefold divinities), defined in the Taittirīya-āraṇyaka 7.7.1. The devatāpañcaka, and other such fivefold divisions, are associated with the elemental aspect (adhibhūta) of the three-fold division of reality (adhibhūta, adhidaiva and adhyātma) which attempts to explain the phenomenal nature of the universe. Adhibhūta denotes all that belongs to the material or elemental creation.

The Taittirīya-āraṇyaka is associated with the Kṛṣṇa-yajurveda and dates from at least the 6th century BCE. It is composed of 10 chapters and discusses vedic rituals and sacrifices (such as the mahāyajña) but also includes the Taittirīya-upaniṣad and the Mahānārāyaṇa-upaniṣad.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

The Adityas are eight in number, the sons of Aditi and sage Kashyapa.

According to [R.V.2.27], they are:

  1. Mitra,
  2. Aryaman,
  3. Bhaga,
  4. Varuna,
  5. Daksha,
  6. Amsha
  7. and Martanda.

Varuna is said to be their chief. I also believe that Indra should be counted as one of them.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Āditya (आदित्य).—In Hinduism, Āditya, meaning “of Aditi”, refers to the offspring of Aditi. In Hinduism, Aditya is used in the singular to mean the Sun God, Surya. Bhagavata Purana lists total 12 Ādityas as twelve Sun-gods. In each month of the year, it is a different Āditya (Sun God) who shines. All these 12 Ādityas are the opulent expansions of Lord Vishnu in the form of Sun-God. Āditya in the Chāndogya-Upaniṣad is also a name of Viṣṇu, in his Avatar known as Vāmana, the dwarf. His mother is Aditi.

In the Bhagavata Purana, names of 12 Adityas (Sun-Gods) are given:

  1. Dhata
  2. Aryama
  3. Mitra
  4. Varuna
  5. Indra
  6. Vivasvan
  7. Tvashtha
  8. Vishnu (the head of all the Adityas)
  9. Amshuman
  10. Bhaga
  11. Pushya
  12. Parjanya

In each month of the year, it is a different Aditya (Sun-God) who shines.

In the Rigveda, the Ādityas are the seven celestial deities, sons of Āditi,

  1. Varuna
  2. Mitra
  3. Aryaman
  4. Bhaga
  5. Anśa or Aṃśa
  6. Dhatri
  7. Indra
  8. Vayu

The ninth Āditya (Mārtanda) was rejected by Aditi, leaving seven sons. In the Yajurveda (Taittirīya Samhita), their number is given as eight, and the last one is believed to be Vivasvān.

In the Satapatha Brahmana, the number of Ādityas is eight in some passages, and in other texts of the same Brahmana, twelve Adityas are mentioned. The list of 12 Adityas is as follows:

  1. Aṃśa
  2. Aryaman
  3. Bhaga
  4. Dakṣa
  5. Dhātṛ
  6. Indra
  7. Mitra
  8. Ravi
  9. Savitṛ
  10. Sūrya (or Arka)
  11. Varuṇa
  12. Yama

Another such list, from the Vishnu Purana is:

  1. Aṃśa
  2. Aryaman
  3. Bhaga
  4. Dhūti
  5. Mitra
  6. Pūṣan
  7. Śakra
  8. Savitṛ
  9. Tvaṣṭṛ
  10. Varuṇa
  11. Vishnu
  12. Vivasvat

Note: The Sun-God Vishnu is the head of all the Adityas and is different from Lord Vishnu.

Source: China Buddhism Encyclopedia: Hinduism

1) Skt. आदित्यः, āditya, Pron.: aditya. From Sanskrit: belonging to or coming from Aditi ('son of Aditi')

2) Name of seven deities of the heavenly sphere; the chief is Varuṇa to whom the name Āditya is especially applicable. The succeeding five are Mitra, Aryaman, Bhaga, Daksha, Aṃśa. That of the seventh is probably Sūrya or Savitṛ. Sometimes their number is supposed to be eight, and in the period of the Brāhmaṇas twelve, as representing the sun in the twelve months of the year.

3) Name of a god in general, especially of Sūrya (the sun)

4) Name of Vishṇu in his Vāmana or dwarf.

5) The plant Calotropis Gigantea

6) Name of a constellation, the seventh lunar mansion.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Āditya (आदित्य) refers to one of the various Grahas and Mahāgrahas mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Āditya).

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Āditya (आदित्य) or Sūrya refers to the Sun-God and represents one of the nine planets (Navagraha), commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—His Colour is red; his Symbols are the discs of the sun; his Vehicle is the chariot of seven horses.

Āditya is described in the Niṣpannayogāvalī (dharmadhātuvāgīśvara-maṇḍala) as follows:—

“Āditya rides on a chariot drawn by seven horses. He is red in colour. Both in the right and in the left he holds the discs of the sun on lotuses”.

[In the Chinese collection, one statuette of this planet occurs under the title of Sūrya].

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

1) Āditya (आदित्य) refers to a species of Graiveyaka gods, who are in turn a subclass of the Kalpātīta gods, according to Jain cosmological texts in both the Śvetāmbara and Digambara tradition. It is also known by the name Nandikara. The Kalpātīta (those born beyond heavens) represent a sub-species of the Vaimānika gods, which in turn represents the fourth main classification of devas (gods).

The Graiveyakas (e.g., the Ādityas) do not bind karmans, are 1-sensed class of beings and have an immovable body, warm splendour, cold lustre, animal state of existence, ānupūrvī and āyus.

2) Āditya (आदित्य) refers to a species of Anudiśa gods, according to Jain cosmological texts in the Digambara tradition where the Anudiśa heaven is one of the five heavens of the upper world (ūrdhvaloka).

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Āditya (आदित्य) refers to one of the nine divisions of the Lokāntika-gods, according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism. Accordingly, “[...] while in this way the Supreme Lord’s mind was woven with the threads of continuity of disgust with saṃsāra, then the Lokāntika-gods who have nine sub-divisions—Sārasvatas, Ādityas, Vahnis, Aruṇas, Gardatoyas, Tuṣitas, Avyābādhas, Maruts, and Riṣṭas, living at the end of Brahmaloka, having additional ornaments made by folded hands like lotus-buds on their heads, came to the feet of the Lord of the World”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 4: The celestial beings (deva)

Āditya (आदित्य) is one of the nine anudiśas: a subclasses of kalpātītas (born beyond heaven), itself a division of empyrean celestial beings (vaimānika) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 4.19. The living beings residing in the vimānas are called the empyrean gods (vaimānika) and represents one of the four classes of Devas.

The nava-anudiśas (e.g., Āditya) are called so because they have nine heavenly abodes one in each of the eight directions. Which thought-colourations are there in Graivaiyaka, Anudiśa and Anuttara gods? They have pure white thought-colouration.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Āditya.—(IE 8-2; EI 33), ending of royal titles like Vikramā- ditya, Kramāditya, Mahendrāditya, etc., probably popularised by the Imperial Guptas in the fourth century A. D. (IE 7-1-2), ‘twelve’. Note: āditya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (history)

Aditya (AD 871-907) is the name of a king from the [Medieval] Chola Dynasty (AD 848).—The last important phase of art in South India is a mingling of late Chalukya and late Chola art under the Vijayanagara monarchs. In the time of Aditya and Parantaka (AD 907-955), there was much temple-building activity and Parantaka, who was devoted to Siva, covered the temple at Chidambaram with gold.

Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha (history)

Āditya (आदित्य) refers to one of the deities being worshiped in ancient India, as vividly depicted in the Kathās (narrative poems) such as Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā (a Prakrit Campū, similar to Kāvya poetry).—The Kuvalayamala (779 A.D.) is full of cultural material which gains in value because of the firm date of its composition. [...] Page 256.31-2 ff.: Here is a mixed list of 25 gods and Godlings of all religions. These were worshipped and propitiated to obtain favours. The list includes [e.g., Āditya] [...].

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Aditya in India is the name of a plant defined with Calotropis gigantea in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Madorius giganteus Kuntze (among others).

2) Aditya is also identified with Lepidium sativum It has the synonym Crucifera nasturtium E.H.L. Krause (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1988)
· Journal of Natural Products
· Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society (1810)
· Acta Facultatis Rerum Naturalium Universitatis Comenianae, Botanica (1986)
· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Research Bulletin (1976)

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

āditya (आदित्य).—m S The sun. 2 A deity of a class, a form of Surya. 3 A deity gen.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

āditya (आदित्य).—m The sun.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Āditya (आदित्य).—a. [aditerapatyaṃ ṇya P.IV.1.85.]

1) Solar, belonging to, or born in, the solar line; आदित्यैर्यदि विग्रहो नृपतिभिर्धन्यं ममैतत्ततो (ādityairyadi vigraho nṛpatibhirdhanyaṃ mamaitattato) Uttararāmacarita 6.18.

2) Devoted to, or originating from, Aditi; आदित्यं चरुं निर्वपेत् (ādityaṃ caruṃ nirvapet) Yaj. Ts.

3) Belonging to, or sprung from, the Ādityas.

-tyaḥ 1 A son of Aditi; a god, divinity in general. (The number of Ādityas appears to have been originally seven, of whom Varuṇa is the head, and the name Āditya was restricted to them (devā ādityā ye sapta Ṛgveda 9.114.3.). In the time of the Brāhmaṇas, however, the number of Ādityas rose to 12, representing the sun in the 12 months of the year; धाता मित्रोऽर्यमा रुद्रो वरुणः सूर्य एव च । भगो विवस्वान् पूषा च सविता दशमः स्मृतः ॥ एकादशस्तथा त्वष्टा विष्णुर्द्वादश उच्यते (dhātā mitro'ryamā rudro varuṇaḥ sūrya eva ca | bhago vivasvān pūṣā ca savitā daśamaḥ smṛtaḥ || ekādaśastathā tvaṣṭā viṣṇurdvādaśa ucyate) |); आदित्यानामहं विष्णुः (ādityānāmahaṃ viṣṇuḥ) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 1.21; Ku. 2.24. (These 12 suns are supposed to shine only at the destruction of the universe; cf. Ve.3.8; dagdhuṃ viśvaṃ dahanakiraṇairnoditā dvādaśārkāḥ).

2) The sun; Vāj.4.21.

3) A name of Viṣṇu in his fifth or dwarf-incarnation; स्वयंभूः शंभुरादित्यः (svayaṃbhūḥ śaṃbhurādityaḥ) V. Sah.

4) Name of the Arka plant (Mar. ruī).

-tyau (dual) Name of a constellation, the seventh lunar mansion (punarvasu).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Āditya (आदित्य).—m. (1) the gotra name of Śākyamuni's family (= Pali Ādicca): Mahāvastu ii.199.16 = Pali Sn 423; (2) name of a former Buddha: Mahāvastu iii.237.3, 4.

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

Āditya (आदित्य).—m.

(-tyaḥ) 1. A deity in general. 2. A deity of a particular class; the Adityas are twelve in number, they are forms of Surya or the sun, and appear to represent him as distinct in each month of the year. 3. The sun. E. aditi the mother of the gods, and ghañ derivative aff.

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

Āditya (आदित्य).—i. e. aditi + ya, m. 1. The name of a class of deities, sons of Aditi, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 284. 2. The sun, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 205, 24. 3. A deity in general, Mahābhārata 18, 215.

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

Āditya (आदित्य).—1. [masculine] belonging to or coming from Aditi. [masculine] = [preceding], [especially] Sūrya or the sun; [plural] the (highest) gods.

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Āditya (आदित्य).—2. [adjective] belonging to the Ādityas or the sun.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Āditya (आदित्य) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—father of Kavikānta (Viśvādarśa [dharma]).

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

1) Āditya (आदित्य):—[from ā-diteya] 1. āditya mfn. ([Pāṇini 4-1, 85]) belonging to or coming from Aditi, [Taittirīya-saṃhitā ii, 2, 6, 1; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. ‘son of Aditi’

3) [v.s. ...] Name of seven deities of the heavenly sphere, [Ṛg-veda ix, 114, 3, etc.; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa iii, 1, 3, 3] (the chief is Varuṇa, to whom the Name Āditya is especially applicable; the succeeding five are Mitra, Aryaman, Bhaga, Dakṣa, Aṃśa; that of the seventh is probably Sūrya or Savitṛ; as a class of deities they are distinct from the viśve devāḥ, [Chāndogya-upaniṣad]; sometimes their number is supposed to be eight, [Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Sāyaṇa]; and in the period of the Brāhmaṇas twelve, as representing the sun in the twelve months of the year, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa iv, 5, 7, 2, etc.])

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a god in general, especially of Sūrya (the sun), [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Aitareya-brāhmaṇa; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Śiśupāla-vadha] etc.

5) [v.s. ...] Name of Viṣṇu in his Vāmana or dwarf avatāra (as son of Kaśyapa and Aditi), [Chāndogya-upaniṣad]

6) [v.s. ...] the plant Calotropis Gigantea, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] m. [dual number] (au) Name of a constellation, the seventh lunar mansion, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) Ādityā (आदित्या):—[from āditya > ā-diteya] f. (?) the sun, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā iv, 21]

9) Āditya (आदित्य):—[from ā-diteya] n. = au (cf. punar-vasu)

10) [v.s. ...] Name of a Sāman, [Chāndogya-upaniṣad]

11) [from ā-diteya] 2. āditya mfn. ([Pāṇini 4-1, 85]) relating or belonging to or coming from the Ādityas, [Ṛg-veda i, 105, 16; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa etc.]

12) [v.s. ...] relating to the god of the sun.

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

Āditya (आदित्य):—(tyaḥ) 1. m. A deity; the sun, or one of his forms.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Āditya (आदित्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Āicca.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Āditya (आदित्य) [Also spelled adity]:—(nm) the sun; ~[vāra] Sunday.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Āditya (ಆದಿತ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] (myth.) a son of the divine-mother, Aditi; Varuṇa or any of the twelve sons of Aditi, 2) a god, in general.

2) [noun] the sun.

3) [noun] a class of gods.

4) [noun] (pros.) a group of three syllables of which the middle one being longer and others short (u-u).

5) [noun] (mus.) the last among twelve groups (called cakras) consisting of main modes from 67 to 72.

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