Bhartri, Bhartṛ, Bhartrī: 7 definitions


Bhartri means something in 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 Bhartṛ can be transliterated into English as Bhartr or Bhartri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

Bhartṛ (भर्तृ, “husband”).—One of the Eleven Hands denoting Relationships.—(Instructions:) Haṃsāsya and Śikhara hands are held at the throat.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bhartṛ (भर्तृ) refers to the “sustainer”, and represents an epithet of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.10. Accordingly as Viṣṇu said to Brahmā:—“[...] Śiva is the creator (kartṛ) of everything, the sustainer (bhartṛ) and destroyer (hartṛ). He is greater than the great. He is the supreme Brahman, the greatest lord, the attributeless, the eternal”.

Source: Srimad Valmiki Ramayana

Bhartṛ (भर्तृ) refers to the “husband”, according to the Rāmāyaṇa chapter 2.29. Accordingly:—“[...] Sītā was distressed to hear these words of Rāma and spoke these words slowly, with her face with tears: ‘[...] Oh, the pure-minded! Following my husband (bhartṛ) with loving devotion, I shall become sin-less; for husband is the supreme deity to me’”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhartṛ (भर्तृ).—m. [bhṛ-tṛc]

1) A husband; यद्भर्तुरेव हितमिच्छति तत् कलत्रम् (yadbhartureva hitamicchati tat kalatram) Bh.2.8; स्त्रीणां भर्ता धर्मदाराश्च पुंसाम् (strīṇāṃ bhartā dharmadārāśca puṃsām) Māl.6.18.

2) A lord, master, superior; भर्तुः शापेन (bhartuḥ śāpena) Me.1; गण°, भूत° (gaṇa°, bhūta°) &c.

3) A leader, commander, chief; स्वभर्तृनामग्रहणाद्बभूव सान्द्रे रजस्यात्मपरावबोधः (svabhartṛnāmagrahaṇādbabhūva sāndre rajasyātmaparāvabodhaḥ) R.7.41.

4) A supporter, bearer, protector; भर्ता स्वानां श्रेष्ठः पुर एता भवति (bhartā svānāṃ śreṣṭhaḥ pura etā bhavati) Bri. Up.1.3.18.

5) The creator.

6) Name of Viṣṇu; सवनो भावनो भर्ता (savano bhāvano bhartā) V. Sah.

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Bhartrī (भर्त्री).—

1) A mother.

2) A female supporter.

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

Bhartṛ (भर्तृ).—i. e. bhṛ + tṛ, I. m., f. trī, and n. 1. One who contains, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 17. 2. A cherisher, [Bhagavadgītā, (ed. Schlegel.)] 9, 18. 3. A protector. Ii. m. 1. A lord, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 36; master, [distich] 155. 2. A commander, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 94. 3. A husband, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 196, M. M.

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

Bhartṛ (भर्तृ).—1. (bhartṛ) [masculine] bearer, supporter, maintainer, lord, chief; [feminine] bhartrī female supporter mother.

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Bhartṛ (भर्तृ).—2. [masculine] husband; [abstract] tva† [neuter]

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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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