Cihna; 3 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Chihna.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

One of the hasta-prāṇa, or ‘Twelve Lives of the Hands’: Cihna (mark): the various Cihnas are the marks of those things which are evident, and of those unseen, their state ofmovement or rest, and eight others, viz. their form, face, situation, banner, weapons, virtues, range, and habits, as set forth in dance.

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Cihna (चिह्न).—1 U. (cihnayati-te) To mark, stamp (properly a Denom. from the noun चिह्न (cihna).

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Cihna (चिह्न).—

1) Mark, spot, stamp, symbol; emblem, badge, symptom; ग्रामेषु यूपचिह्नेषु (grāmeṣu yūpacihneṣu) R.1.44;3.55; संनिपातस्य चिह्नानि (saṃnipātasya cihnāni) Pt.1.177.

2) A sign, indication; प्रसादचिह्नानि पुरःफलानि (prasādacihnāni puraḥphalāni) R.2.22; प्रहर्षचिह्न (praharṣacihna) 2.68.

3) A sign of the zodiac.

4) Stamp, print, impression; पद° (pada°).

5) Aim, direction.

Derivable forms: cihnam (चिह्नम्).

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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