Caitra, aka: Caitrā; 7 Definition(s)

Introduction

Caitra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chaitra.

In Hinduism

Purana

[Caitra in Purana glossaries]

1a) Caitra (चैत्र).—One of the nine sons of Svārociṣa-Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 19; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 1. 12.

1b) A Paulastya and a sage of the Tāmasa Manvantara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 48.

2) Caitrā (चैत्रा).—The wife of Jyāmagha; gave birth to Vidarbha.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 44. 32 and 36.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

[Caitra in Dharmashastra glossaries]

Caitra (चैत्र).—The spring season starts in the month of Caitra. In the Āśvalāyana-śrautasūtra it is mentioned that a Brāhmaṇa can establish the sacred fires on the Parva day in the spring season

(Source): Shodhganga: A Study of the asvalayana srauta sutra with reference to the principal sacrifices
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[Caitra in Jyotisha glossaries]

Caitra (चैत्र).—The name of the first month of the year. Note: Caitra is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

(Source): Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

[Caitra in Ayurveda glossaries]

Caitra (चैत्र) is the first month of the “spring season” (vasanta) in the traditional Indian calendar, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The physician (bhiṣaj) should pay attention to the seasonal (ṛtu) factor in the use of medicinal drugs. Accordingly, “the bulbous roots in winter season (viz., Caitra), other roots in cold season and flowers during spring season are supposed to contain better properties. The new leaves or shoots in summer and the drugs, which grow in mud, like Lotus etc., should be used in autumn season”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Caitra in Marathi glossaries]

caitra (चैत्र).—m (S) The name of the first month, March-April.

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caitrā (चैत्रा).—a Relating to the month caitra.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

caitra (चैत्र).—m The name of the first month, March-April.

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caitrā (चैत्रा).—a Relating to caitra.

(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

[Caitra in Sanskrit glossaries]

Caitra (चैत्र).—[ci ṣṭraṇ; citrameva svārthe aṇ; citrāyāṃ bhavaḥ aṇ vā]

1) Name of a lunar month in which the full moon stands in the constellation Chitrā (corresponding to MarchApril).

2) A Buddhist mendicant.

3) One of the seven ranges of mountains dividing the continent into Varṣas.

-tram A temple, monument for the dead.

Derivable forms: caitraḥ (चैत्रः).

(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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