Ashtottarashata, Ashtottara-shata, Aṣṭottaraśata: 3 definitions


Ashtottarashata means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Aṣṭottaraśata can be transliterated into English as Astottarasata or Ashtottarashata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Ashtottarashata in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Aṣṭottaraśata (अष्टोत्तरशत) refers to “108 (recitations)” (as part of an offering ritual), according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as Agastya-Ṛṣi taught the offering manual] “O Bhagavān, having recited the Great Ṛṣi heart[-mantra] spell into a water-pot 108 times (aṣṭottaraśata) facing east, one should scatter [the water] in the four directions with Ṛṣi-silence. [...] One should recite thus seven times. Upon reciting this all hostile Nāgas become inflamed [...]”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ashtottarashata in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Aṣṭottaraśata (अष्टोत्तरशत) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—stotra. Oppert. Ii, 23.

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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

[«previous next»] — Ashtottarashata in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aṣṭōttaraśata (ಅಷ್ಟೋತ್ತರಶತ):—[adjective] totalling one hundred eight.

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Aṣṭōttaraśata (ಅಷ್ಟೋತ್ತರಶತ):—[noun] the cardinal number one hundred eight.

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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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