Amita, aka: Amīta, Amitā; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Amita (अमित):—Son of Jaya (one of the six sons of Purūravā and Urvaśī). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.15.2)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1a) Amita (अमित).—A son of Jaya.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 15. 2.

1b) A Sudharmāṇa god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 60.

1c) A mantrakṛt of the Aṅgirasa branch.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 98.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Amitā (अमिता) is mentioned as one of the two daughters of Sīhahanu: an ancient king of the solar clan (āditagotra or sūryavaṃśa) according to the Singhalese chronicles mentioned in a footnote in the  Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI). According to the Singhalese chronicles (Dīpavaṃsa III.45; Mahāvaṃsa II.20), Sīhahanu had five sons and two daughters: Suddhodana, Dhotodana, Sakkodana, Sukkodana, Amitodana, Amitā, Pamitā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

amita (अमित).—a (S) Unmeasured. 2 (Freely.) Immeasurable, illimitable, incalculable &c. Ex. kāṃ a0 miḷālē taskara || tyānta dhanavanta sāvakāra ||

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

amita (अमित).—a Unmeasured. Immeasurable, incalculable.

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

Amita (अमित).—a.

1) Unmeasured, boundless, unlimited, infinite, great, immense; मितं ददाति हि पिता मितं भ्राता मितं सुतः । अमितस्य हि दातारं भर्तारं का न पूजयेत् (mitaṃ dadāti hi pitā mitaṃ bhrātā mitaṃ sutaḥ | amitasya hi dātāraṃ bhartāraṃ kā na pūjayet) Rām.2.37.3.

2) Neglected, disregarded.

3) Unknown.

4) Unpolished.

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Amīta (अमीत).—a. Unhurt; °वर्णाः (varṇāḥ) of unhurt or unextinguishable or unaltered colour; समना समानीरमीतवर्णा उषसश्च- रन्ति (samanā samānīramītavarṇā uṣasaśca- ranti) Rv.4.51.9.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amita (अमित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Unmeasure, boundless, infinite. 2. Neglected, unpolished, unclean. E. a neg. mita measured.

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