Atata, aka: Ātata, Aṭaṭa, Ataṭa; 10 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

One of the Avici hells appearing in a list of names of purgatories (S.i.150; Sn.126). Buddhaghosa (SA.i.170; SnA.476) says these are not names of separate hells, but only periods of time in Avici apportioned to each entrant by the working of Kamma.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

1) Aṭaṭa (अटट) is the name of a hell according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXII).—Accordingly, “Twenty stays in the Nirarbuda hell equals one stay in the A lo lo (Aṭaṭa) hell. – Twenty stays in the Aṭaṭa hell equals one stay in the A p’o p’o (Hahava) hell”.

2) Aṭata (अटत) refers to one of the “eight hells of cold water” forming part of the sixteen utsadas (secondary hells) sitauted outside of the eight great hells, according to the “world of transmigration” section in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVII).—Accordingly, “In the three hells, Aṭata, Hahava and Huhuva, the damned shiver in the biting cold wind, unable to open their mouths, and these hells are named after the groans which are heard there”.

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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Aṭaṭa (अटट) refers to the “squealing hell” and represents one of the “eight cold hells” (śīta-naraka) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 122). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., aṭaṭa). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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aṭaṭa : (m.) 1. name of a minor hell; 2. a high numeral. || ātata (nt.), a drum with one face.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Aṭaṭa, (BSk. aṭaṭa (e.g. Divy 67), prob. to aṭ roam about. On this notion cp. description of roaming about in Niraya at Nd1 405 bottom) N. of a certain purgatory or Niraya A. V, 173 = Sn. p. 126. (Page 14)

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Ātata, (fr. ā + tan, pp. tata; lit. stretched, covered over) generic name for drums covered with leather on one side Dpvs XIV. 14; VvA. 37 (q. v. for enumn. of musical instruments), 96. (Page 97)

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

atata (अतत).—An interjection of sudden admiration. Ex. a0 kēvaḍhāhō nadīsa pūra ālā.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

atata (अतत).—An interjection of sudden admiration.

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

Ataṭa (अतट).—a. [na. ba.]

1) Having no shore or beach; precipitate, steep

-ṭaḥ 1 A precipice, a steep crag.

2) Name of a hill.

3) The lower part of the earth.

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Atata (अतत).—p. p.

1) Spread, extended.

2) Stretched (as a bow-string); मौर्वी धनुषि चातता (maurvī dhanuṣi cātatā) R.1.19; °ज्य (jya) stretched out on the bow; आततज्यमकरोत् स संसदा (ātatajyamakarot sa saṃsadā) 11.45,16.77.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṭaṭa (अटट).—m. (= Pali id.), n. of a hell (cold, acc. to Dharmas and Tibetan Mvy): Mvy 4931; Dharmas 122; Divy 67.23; 138.7; Av i.4.9 etc.; Mmk 635.22.

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

Ataṭa (अतट).—m.

(-ṭaḥ) A precipice. E. a neg. and taṭa a back.

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Ātata (आतत).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) Spread, extended. E. āṅ before tana to spread, kta aff.

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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