Ceshta, Ceṣṭā, Ceṣṭa: 12 definitions



Ceshta 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.

The Sanskrit terms Ceṣṭā and Ceṣṭa can be transliterated into English as Cesta or Ceshta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Cheshta.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

Strictly speaking, bhāva is mood or feeling unexpressed, hāva is the emotion which finds expression, ceṣṭā the gesture that expresses it.

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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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Ceṣṭā (चेष्टा).—A Brahmarākṣasī.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 99.
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

cēṣṭā (चेष्टा).—f (S) Acting, moving, stirring, performing functions or actions: also the stirring and moving of a living creature. 2 Mischievous tricks; wild capers; irritating speech; worrying or teasing acts gen. 3 The stirring about of a demon (in the subject of possession).

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

cēṣṭā (चेष्टा).—f Mischievous tricks. The stirring about of a demon. Moving.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ceṣṭa (चेष्ट).—

1) Moving the limbs, gesture;

2) Acting.

Derivable forms: ceṣṭam (चेष्टम्).

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Ceṣṭā (चेष्टा).—[ceṣṭ-aṅ]

1) Motion, movement; संरुद्धचेष्टस्य (saṃruddhaceṣṭasya) R. 2.43; किमस्माकं स्वामिचेष्टानिरूपणेन (kimasmākaṃ svāmiceṣṭānirūpaṇena) H.3; Māl.5.7.

2) Gesture, action; चेष्टया भाषणेन च नेत्रवक्त्रविकारैश्च लक्ष्यतेऽ न्तर्गतं मनः (ceṣṭayā bhāṣaṇena ca netravaktravikāraiśca lakṣyate' ntargataṃ manaḥ) Ms.8.26.

3) Effort, exertion.

4) Behaviour Pt.1.15.

5) Action, deed, performing.

-nāśaḥ destruction of the world.

-nirūpaṇam observing a person's movements.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ceṣṭā (चेष्टा).—f.

(-ṣṭā) Effort, exertion, bodily effort. E. ceṣṭ to act, aṅ and ṭāp affs.

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

Ceṣṭa (चेष्ट).—[ceṣṭ + a], I. n. and f. ṭā. 1. Motion, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 23, 84. 2. Gesture, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 63; 8, 26. 3. Action, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 5939; [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 63. Ii. f. ṭā, Acting, activity, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 1, 65. Comp. Karmaceṣṭā, i. e. karman-, f. 1. acting, business, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 1, 66. 2. action, [Nala] 23, 18 (16, read karmaceṣṭābhiº). 3. exertion, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 64, 11. Niśceṣṭa, i. e. nis-, adj. deprived of motion, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 45, 31. Sa-, I. adj. making effort, active. Ii. m. the mango, Mangifera indica.

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

Ceṣṭa (चेष्ट).—[neuter] motion, gesture, effort, activity; conduct, behaviour.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Ceṣṭa (चेष्ट):—[from ceṣṭ] m. ‘moving’, a kind of fish (tapasvin), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] n. moving the limbs, gesture, [Manu-smṛti vii, 63]

3) [v.s. ...] behaviour, manner of life, [Harivaṃśa 5939]

4) Ceṣṭā (चेष्टा):—[from ceṣṭa > ceṣṭ] a f. ([Pāṇini 2-3, 12]) moving any limb, gesture, [Manu-smṛti vii f.; Yājñavalkya; Mahābhārata] etc. (ifc. [Raghuvaṃśa ii, 43])

5) [v.s. ...] action, activity, effort, endeavour, exertion, [Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra i; Śvetāśvatara-upaniṣad ii, 9] (ifc.), [Manu-smṛti iv, 65; Bhagavad-gītā] etc.

6) [v.s. ...] doing, performing, [Manu-smṛti i, 65]

7) [v.s. ...] behaving, manner of life, [Manu-smṛti vii, 194; Kapila’s Sāṃkhya-pravacana iii, 51; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā] (ifc.) etc.

8) [v.s. ...] cf. a-, naṣṭa-, niś-.

9) [from ceṣṭ] b f. See ṭa.

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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.

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