Caitya: 18 definitions
Caitya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Hindi. 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.
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Vastushastra (architecture)Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
Caitya (चैत्य) refers to a “temple”, and in a broader sense represents “devotional place” or “residence of God”. It is one of commonly used names for a temple, as found in Vāstuśāstra literature such the Mayamata and the Mānasāra.Source: Digital Library of India: Bharatiya Vastu-sastra volume 1
Caitya (चैत्य) is a sacred monument which is piled up like the Vedic Agni (etymologically Caitya is derived from citi).
Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Caitya (चैत्य) refers to a “sanctuary” which makes a preferable site for the performance of a sacrifice, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.18.—Accordingly, “[...] the precincts of a temple, a cowshed, a sanctuary (caitya) or one’s own court-yard shall be selected for the performance of sacrifice. It shall be on a raised platform at least two hastas high. It shall be well decorated. Paddy weighing a Bhāra shall be spread on the ground to make a large circle. Diagrams of lotuses shall be made in the middle and in the eight quarters on the border of the circle. [...]”.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 11. 27; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 415; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 12. 13.
- 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 11. 122.
1b) A Marut of the first gaṇa.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 92.
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.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: archive.org: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)
Caitya (चैत्य) refers to a “tope”, and is mentioned in verse 2.33 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] one shall not tread on the shadow of a tope [viz., caitya], respectable (person), flag, and inauspicious (object) or on ashes, chaff, and impure (places), nor (shall one tread) on gravel, clods, and offering and bathing sites”.
Note: Caitya may be a tope as well as a sacred tree (usually the Pipal or Bodhi tree, Ficus religiosa L.) in Buddhist terminology. The Tibetan equivalent mchod-rten denotes only the former, its etymology being “receptacle of oblations”; the latter is called mchod-rten-śiṅ, which corresponds to Sanskrit Caityadruma.Source: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms
Caitya (चैत्य):—Religious or sacred tree.
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.
India history and geographySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Caitya.—(EI 22, 33; BL), a prayer hall; usually, a place of worship in a Buddhist monastery; same as caitya-gṛha. (EI 6, CII 4), same as stūpa. Note: caitya 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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Caitya (चैत्य).—a. Relating to a pile.
-tyaḥ The individual soul.
-tyam 1 The ant-hill; नागहेतोः सुपर्णेन चैत्यमुन्मथितं यथा (nāgahetoḥ suparṇena caityamunmathitaṃ yathā) Rām.4.19.24.
2) A pile of stones forming a landmark.
3) A monument, tomb-stone.
4) A sacrificial shed; देवस्थानेषु चैत्येषु नागानामालयेषु च (devasthāneṣu caityeṣu nāgānāmālayeṣu ca) Mb.3.19.67; कच्चिच्चैत्यशतैर्जुष्टः (kacciccaityaśatairjuṣṭaḥ) Rām.2.1.43; प्रासादगोपुरसभाचैत्यदेव- गृहादिषु (prāsādagopurasabhācaityadeva- gṛhādiṣu) Bhāg.9.11.27.
5) A place of religious worship, altar, sanctuary.
6) A temple.
7) A reflection.
8) A religious fig-tree or any tree growing by the side of streets; चैत्ययूपाङ्किता भूमिर्यस्येयं सवनाकरा (caityayūpāṅkitā bhūmiryasyeyaṃ savanākarā) Mb.1.1.229; Me.23 (rathyāvṛkṣa Malli.)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Caitya (चैत्य) or Ceti or Cetika or Cetiya.—qq.v. (see § 3.115): ceti bhu (mss. bhū, Lefm. em. m.c., printing cetibhu as one word) trisahasraḥ kiṃ punas tubhya kāyaḥ Lalitavistara 368.18 (verse), the 3000-fold world has become (= abhūt) an [Page233-a+ 71] object of reverence (a shrine)…So Tibetan: stoṅ gsum (= 3,000) mchod rten (= caitya) gyur na (become)…
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Caitya (चैत्य).—nt., like its MIndic substitutes ceti, cetika, cetiya (also caityaka), seems to be used more broadly than in Sanskrit, as any object of veneration: lokasya caityam Śikṣāsamuccaya 56.11 (said of any ornament of a stūpa); 136.2 (of the monkish robes); caitya-bhūtaḥ Vajracchedikā 34.12, of the nature of an object of veneration (said of any place where ‘this sūtra’ shall be proclaimed). See mahācaitya.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-tyaḥ) A sacred tree, a religious fig tree, &c. growing in a village or near it, and held in veneration by the villagers. n.
(-tyaṃ) 1. A place of sacrifice or religious worship, an altar, a shed kept for sacrifices, &c. 2. A religious building peculiar to the Jainas, a Jaina temple. 3. A Jaina or Baud'dha image, &c. 4. A monument a tomb-stone, a column, &c. erected in memory of some deceased person, or on the site of a funeral pile. 5. A pile of stones forming a land-mark or boundary. E. ci to collect, deriv. irr.; or cit to consider, affix kyap; citya and aṇ aff. cittasya idam aṇ .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Caitya (चैत्य).—I. probably citi + ya, m. The individual soul, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 3, 26, 61. Ii. citā + ya, m. and n. 1. A tomb, Mahābhārata 12, 914. 2. An altar, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 13, 30. 3. A religious building, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 17, 20. 4. A sacred tree; a religious fig-tree growing in a village, or near it, and held in veneration by the villagers, [Hiḍimbavadha] 1, 40.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Caitya (चैत्य).—1. [masculine] the individual soul.
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Caitya (चैत्य).—2. [adjective] relating to the funeral pile; [masculine] monument, tombstone, temple, also = seq.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Caitya (चैत्य):—[from caitaki] 1. caitya m. ([from] 5. cit or 2. citi) the individual soul, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa iii, 26; 28, 28; 31, 19; Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha ii, 198f.]
2) 2. caitya mfn. relating to a funeral pile or mound (citā), [Āśvalāyana-gṛhya-sūtra iii, 6; Gṛhyāsaṃgraha ii, 4]
3) m. n. a funeral monument or Stūpa (q.v.) or pyramidal column containing the ashes of deceased persons, sacred tree ([especially] a religious fig-tree) growing on a mound, hall or temple or place of worship ([especially] with, [Buddhist literature] and, [Jaina literature] and generally containing a monument), a sanctuary near a village, [Āśvalāyana-gṛhya-sūtra i, 12; Parāśara-smṛti; Yājñavalkya ii, 151 & 228; Mahābhārata] etc.
4) m. a Jain or, [Buddhist literature] image, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
5) = tyaka, [ii, 814].Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Caitya (चैत्य):—(tyaṃ) 1. n. A place of sacrifice; a monument. m. Ficus religiosa.
2) (tyaḥ) 1. m. Spirit.Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)
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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.
Hindi dictionarySource: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary
Caitya (चैत्य) [Also spelled chaity]:—(nm) a monastery, (esp. Buddhist) shrine.
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Blue Annals (deb-ther sngon-po) (by George N. Roerich)
Chapter 13 - Staglungpa (x): nam mkha' dpal bzang po < [Book 8 - The famous Dakpo Kagyü (traditions)]
Chapter 12 - Teurapa (rte'u ra pa'i skabs) < [Book 14 - Great Compassion Cycle]
Chapter 10 - Phagmodru Lineage (vi): rin po che gnyis mchod pa < [Book 8 - The famous Dakpo Kagyü (traditions)]
Asvalayana-grihya-sutra (by Hermann Oldenberg)
Settlement in Early Historic Ganga Plain (by Chirantani Das)
Part 12 - Apsidal Caitya (west of the Aśokan pillar) < [Chapter VII - Sārnāth: The Satellite Religious Centre]
Part 1 - Position of Sārnāth at the physical and cultural periphery of Vārāṇasī < [Chapter VII - Sārnāth: The Satellite Religious Centre]
Part 2 - Resource area of the Aṅga-Magadha region < [Conclusion]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 19: Description of the memorial caitya < [Chapter VI]
Part 10: Śānti’s samavasaraṇa < [Chapter V - Twelfth incarnation as Śānti]
Part 17: Ananta’s samavasaraṇa < [Chapter IV - Anantanāthacaritra]
The Indian Buddhist Iconography (by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 1 - Definition of generosity (dāna) < [Chapter XIX - The Characteristics of Generosity]
Appendix 6 - The 57 days between Buddha’s enlightenment and his first sermon < [Chapter XIII - The Buddha-fields]
Story of the śrāmaṇera who became a nāga < [Part 2 - Means of acquiring meditation]