Arthatattva, Artha-tattva: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Arthatattva in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Arthatattva (अर्थतत्त्व) refers to the “principles and practices (of the Vedic and Smārta rites)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.1 (“Description of Tripura—the three cities).—Accordingly, after Maya built the three cities: “[...] The cities contained heroic Asuras of great fortune accompanied by their wives, sons and brahmins well versed in the principles and practices (arthatattva) of the Vedic and Smārta rites. They were strict adherents to their duties. People had broad chests and bull-like shoulders. Some were of peaceful nature and some of warlike temperament. Some were calm and some furious. Some were hunchbacked, Some were dwarfish. They were protected by Maya. [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Arthatattva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Arthatattva (अर्थतत्त्व).—

1) the real truth, the fact of the matter; योऽर्थतत्त्वमविज्ञाय क्रोधस्यैव वशं गतः (yo'rthatattvamavijñāya krodhasyaiva vaśaṃ gataḥ) H.4.94.

2) the real nature or cause of anything.

Derivable forms: arthatattvam (अर्थतत्त्वम्).

Arthatattva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms artha and tattva (तत्त्व).

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

Arthatattva (अर्थतत्त्व).—n.

(-ttvaṃ) Truth, the real object, nature or cause of any thing. E. artha, and tattva truth.

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

1) Arthatattva (अर्थतत्त्व):—[=artha-tattva] [from artha] n. the real object or nature or cause of anything (in [compound]), [Manu-smṛti xii, 102; Rāmāyaṇa i, 1, 16]

2) [v.s. ...] the true state of a case, fact of the matter.

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

Arthatattva (अर्थतत्त्व):—[artha-tattva] (tvaṃ) 1. n. Real truth.

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Arthatattva 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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