Anita, Ānīta: 14 definitions


Anita means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Ānīta (आनीत) refers to that which was “burnt” (i.e., burnt to ashes), according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “Thus, Vyāsa, greatly pained, committed an astonishing suicide (kāla). Having kindled the Fire of Time and having recollected the energy of Vaiṣṇavī, he was burnt by the fire of divine Yoga (and so) there was no Vyāsa and no Śaṃkara and, O Maheśvara, Nature was burnt to ashes by Māyā [i.e., bhasmasā-ānītaprakṛtir bhasmasānītā]”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ānīta (आनीत) means “brought”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.6.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] Menā bore the characteristic signs of pregnancy which almost indicated the imminent rise in pleasure of her lord and served as the auspicious cause for the future bliss of the gods. [...] Whatever product of the mountain she wished to have in the course of her pregnancy she found brought [i.e., ānīta] to her. There was nothing which he, the lord of the mountain, could not accomplish in the heaven too. Surmounting the difficulties of the early days of pregnancy, she grew more plump in her limbs. Menā then shone like a tender creeper putting forth more leaves and flowers. [...]”.

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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

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Ānīta (आनीत) refers to “having brought (near)” (the Goddess), according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly: [while explaining the body circle (kāyacakra)]: “[...] The maṇḍala should be visualized completely, as [it is] by itself a means for perfect enlightenment. Again, he should emanate the one who has the appearance of the Causal Vajra[-holder]. The goddess, [who is] effective in all rituals and beast-faced, is brought near (ānīta). Having drawn together the multitude of furious ones beforehand, he should remove obstacle demons. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ānīta : (pp. of āneti) brought.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Ānīta, (pp. of ānetī) fetched, brought (here), brought back adduced J.I, 291; III, 127; IV, 1. (Page 101)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ānīta (आनीत).—p S Brought or fetched.

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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

Anita (अनित).—a. [an-ita] Not gone with, unattended, destitute of; वनितयाऽनितया रजनीवधूः (vanitayā'nitayā rajanīvadhūḥ) R.9.38; पृथु निरन्तरमिष्ट- भुजान्तरं वनितयाऽनितया न विषेहिरे (pṛthu nirantaramiṣṭa- bhujāntaraṃ vanitayā'nitayā na viṣehire) Si.6.6. °भा (bhā)

1) having no splendour.

2) Name of a river; मा वो रसानितभा कुभा क्रुमुर्मा वः सिन्धुर्निरीरमत् (mā vo rasānitabhā kubhā krumurmā vaḥ sindhurnirīramat) | Ṛgveda 5.53.9.

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Ānīta (आनीत).—a. Brought; आनीता भवता यदा पतिरता साध्वी धरित्रीसुता । हनुमन्नाटकम् (ānītā bhavatā yadā patiratā sādhvī dharitrīsutā | hanumannāṭakam).

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

Ānīta (आनीत).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Taken. 2. Brought. 3. Obtained. E. āṅ before ṇīñ to obtain, and kta aff.

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

1) Anita (अनित):—[=an-ita] mfn. not gone to, not having obtained, [Raghuvaṃśa ix, 37]

2) [v.s. ...] destitute of

3) [v.s. ...] n. not deviating from ([ablative]), [???]

4) Ānīta (आनीत):—[=ā-nīta] [from ā-nī] mfn. taken, brought near, etc.

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

1) Anita (अनित):—[ani+ta] (taḥ-tā-taṃ) a. Destitute of.

2) Ānīta (आनीत):—[ā-nīta] (taḥ-tā-taṃ) a. Taken, brought.

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

Ānīta (आनीत) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Āṇia, Āṇīya.

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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

Ānīta (ಆನೀತ):—[adjective] conveyed inwards; brought in.

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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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