Bhatta, aka: Bhaṭṭā, Bhaṭṭa, Bhattā, Bhāṭṭa; 12 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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The sorceress Bhaṭṭā sacrifices king Baka to a circle of goddesses (devīcakra), to gain superhuman powers. The memory of this event is kept alive by the deity Śatakapāleśa, the circle of mothers and a rock bearing the prints of Bhaṭṭā’s knees (when she flew up into the sky) at the monastery of Kherī. See O. Serbaeva Yoginī s p. 193. (See Rājataraṅgiṇī verse 1.331)

Source: Tantric elements in Kalhaṇa’s Rājataraṅgiṇī
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Bhaṭṭa (भट्ट, “sire”) refers to a specific “mode of address” (nāman) used in drama (nāṭya), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 19. Bhaṭṭa is used by servants to address the overlord of other kings.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Bhaṭṭa (भट्ट) refers to a “minstrels” and represents an official title used in the political management of townships in ancient India. Officers, ministers, and sovereigns bearing such titles [eg., Bhaṭṭa] were often present in ancient inscriptions when, for example, the king wanted to address his subjects or make an important announcement.

Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra
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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Bhatta meaning a priest or scribe in Sanskrit, is a surname common in most parts of India. This is title given to learned Brahmins. A predominantly Hindu last name, it is found most commonly in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and in West Bengal (as Bhattācharya) and some parts of Karnataka.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

See Hattha.

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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India history and geogprahy

Bhaṭṭa.—(IE 8-3), cf a-caṭṭa-bhaṭṭa-praveśa (IE 8-5); same as Bhaṭa of earlier records; but rarely distinguished from Bhaṭa, Bhaṭṭa in that ease meaning ‘a minstrel’. (CII 3, 4; etc.), a title of respect attached to the names of learned Brāhmaṇas. (IE 8-3), a minstrel. Note: bhaṭṭa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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Bhaṭṭā.—(Bhaṭṭāº) (PJS), abbreviation of Bhaṭṭāraka (in medieval Jain inscriptions); an epithet of Jain teachers. Note: bhaṭṭā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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bhatta : (nt.) boiled rice; food; meal.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Bhatta, (nt.) (cp. Epic & Class. Sk. bhakta, orig. pp. of bhajati) feeding, food, nourishment, meal Dh. 185; Pug. 28, 55; J. II, 15; V, 170 (bhatta-manuñña-rūpaṃ for bhattaṃ-); Vism. 66 (where 14 kinds enumd, i.e. saṅgha°, uddesa° etc.); Sdhp. 118.—ucchiṭṭha° food thrown away PvA. 173; uddesa° special food Vin. I, 58=96, cp. II. 175; devasika° daily food (as fee or wages) DA. I, 296 (=bhatta-vetana); dhura° a meal to which a bhikkhu is invited as leader of others, i.e. a responsible meal J. I, 449; III, 97 (v. l. dhuva°); dhuva° constant supply of food Vin. I, 25, 243.

—agga (cp. BSk. bhaktāgra Divy 335; MVastu II. 478) a refectory Vin. I, 44; M. I, 28; J. V, 334. —ammaṇa food trough J. VI, 381. —âbhihāra gift of food S. I, 82. —uddesaka (thera) (an elder) who supervises the distribution of food, a superintendent of meals Vism. 388, DhA. I, 244. —kāraka one who prepares the meal or food, a cook, butler J. I, 150 sq. ; V, 296; VI, 349; DA. I, 157. —kicca “meal-performance, " meal (cp. BSk. bhaktakṛtya Divy 185) J. I, 87; Miln. 9; Vism. 278 (kata° after the meal, cp. kata II. 1. a); PvA. 76. —kilamatha fatigue after eating SnA 58 (cp. °sammada). —gāma a village giving tribute or service DhA. I, 398. —dāna gift of a meal PvA. 54. —puṭa a bag with food J. II, 82, 203; III, 200; DA. I, 270. Cp. puṭabhatta. —puṭaka same KhA 44; VbhA. 234; Vism. 251. —bhoga enjoyment of food S. I, 92. —randhaka a cook J. IV, 431. —vissagga serving a meal, meal-function, participation at a meal Vin. IV, 263; Pv III, 29 (so read for vissatta; expld at PvA. 184 by bhattakicca & bhuñjana); Miln. 9; SnA 19, 140. —vetana service for food, food as wages (cp. bhaktā-dāsa a slave working for food Manu VIII, 415, see Fick. Sociale Gliederung p. 197), in general “hire, wages, " also “professional fee" D. III, 191; Vin. III, 222 (rañño bh-v. -āhāro “in the King’s pay"); J. IV, 132 sq. , Miln. 379; DhA. I, 25 (to a physician); VvA. 305. —velā meal-time SnA 111. —sammada drowsiness after a meal S. I, 7; J. VI, 57; Vbh. 352; Vism. 278, 295. —sālā hall for meals, refectory Vism. 72. (Page 497)

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

bhaṭṭa (भट्ट).—m (S) A learned or literary man, one conversant with the philosophical systems. The word is added as a title to the names of learned Brahmans. 3 (Used for bhaṭa) A Brahman, esp. one that subsists by begging.

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bhaṭṭā (भट्टा).—m ( H) A covered earthen vessel containing fire.

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bhattā (भत्ता).—m ( or H Batta.) An allowance beyond the settled rate of pay given on occasions of extraordinary service (as to troops in the field, servants, hammals): an allowance for his subsistence made to a Government-officer, by the person to whom he is sent, for as many days as he detains him: allowance made by a creditor to one detained by him in prison: subsistence-money generally to prisoners, to attending witnesses, to peons executing processes &c. &c.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhaṭṭa (भट्ट).—m A learned man. See bhaṭa.

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bhattā (भत्ता).—m An allowance, batta.

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

Bhaṭṭa (भट्ट).—[bhaṭ-tan]

1) A lord, master (used as a title of respect in addressing princes).

2) A title used with the names of learned Brāhmaṇas; भट्टगोपालस्य पौत्रः (bhaṭṭagopālasya pautraḥ) Māl.1; so कुमारिलभट्टः (kumārilabhaṭṭaḥ) &c.

3) Any learned man or philosopher.

4) A kind of mixed caste, whose occupation is that of bards or panegyrists; क्षत्रियाद्विप्रकन्यायां भट्टो जातोऽनुवाचकः । वैश्यायां शूद्रवीर्येण पुमानेको बभूव ह । स भट्टो वाव- दूकश्च सर्वेषां स्तुतिपाठकः (kṣatriyādviprakanyāyāṃ bhaṭṭo jāto'nuvācakaḥ | vaiśyāyāṃ śūdravīryeṇa pumāneko babhūva ha | sa bhaṭṭo vāva- dūkaśca sarveṣāṃ stutipāṭhakaḥ) || Brav. P.

5) A bard, panegyrist.

Derivable forms: bhaṭṭaḥ (भट्टः).

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Bhāṭṭa (भाट्ट).—[bhaṭṭasyānuyāyī, aṇ] A follower of Bhaṭṭa, a follower of that school of the Mīmāṃsā philosophy which was founded by Kumārila Bhaṭṭa.

Derivable forms: bhāṭṭaḥ (भाट्टः).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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