Citra, aka: Citrā; 27 Definition(s)


Citra means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, 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 Chitra.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Citrā (चित्रा):—Name for a particular section of the ecliptic. It is also known as Citrānakṣatra. Nakṣatra means “Lunar mansion” and corresponds to a specific region of the sky through which the moon passes each day. Citrā means “the bright one” and is associated with the deity known as Tvaṣṭā (God of design). The presiding Lord of this lunar house is Maṅgala (Mars).

Indian zodiac: |23°20' Kanyā| – |6°40' Tulā|
Kanyā (कन्या, “girl”) corresponds with Virgo and Tulā (तुला, “balance”) corresponds to Libra.

Western zodiac: |19°20' Libra| – |2°40' Scorpio|
Libra corresponds with Tulā (तुला, “balance”) and Scorpio corresponds with Vṛścika (वृश्चिक, “scorpion”).

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa
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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)

1) Citra (चित्र) is another name (synonym) for Śvetairaṇḍa: one of the three varieties of Eraṇḍa, which is a Sanskrit name representing Ricinus communis (castor-oil-plant). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 8.55-57), which is an Āyurvedic medicinal thesaurus. Certain plant parts of Eraṇḍa are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), and it is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Citrā (चित्रा) is another name for Ākhukarṇī, a medicinal plant identified with Ipomoea reniformis, synonym of Merremia emarginata (kidney leaf morning glory) from the Convolvulaceae or “morning glory family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.67-68 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Citrā and Ākhukarṇī, there are a total of twenty Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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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Citrā (चित्रा).—One of the seven major rivers in Kuśadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 87. It is also known by the name Kṛṣṇā. Kuśadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Vapuṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Citra (चित्र).—A son of Dhṛtarāṣṭra killed in war by Bhīmasona. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 136, Verse 20).

2) Citra (चित्र).—A gajarāja (king elephant) with whom Subrahmaṇya, as a child, used to play. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 225, Verse 23).

3) Citra (चित्र).—A hero who fought on the Kaurava side against the Pāṇḍavas. He was killed by Prativindhya. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 14, Verse 32).

4) Citra (चित्र).—A hero from the Cedi Kingdom who fought on the Pāṇḍava side against the Kauravas. Karṇa killed him. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 56, Verse 46).

5) Citrā (चित्रा).—A celestial maiden. When once Aṣṭāvakra went to the court of Kubera this maiden gave a dance in honour of his visit. (Śloka 44, Chapter 14, Anuśāsana Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Citra (चित्र).—A son of Vasudeva and Madirā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 172.

1b) A son of Agāvata.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 257.

1c) A commander of Bhaṇḍa killed by Citrā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 25. 99.

1d) A son of Citrasena.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 248.

1e) A Nakṣatra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 49.

1f) Of different kinds on the walls and pillars of the houses erected by Jamadagni's cow.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 26. 60.

1g) A name of a constellation;1 śrāddha on that day gets good children.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 82. 8.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 18. 7.

1h) A daughter of Madirā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 170.

2a) Citrā (चित्रा).—A rock on the Himalayas near the river Puṣpabhadrā; sacred to Lalitā.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 8. 17; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 97.

2b) A daughter of Vasudeva and Rohiṇī;1 came to see Kṛṣṇa and Satyabhāma returning from Indra's court.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 165; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 163.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. [67 (v) 50]; Matsya-purāṇa 46. 12.
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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Citra (चित्र, “portrait”) refers to one of the twenty-one sandhyantara, or “distinct characteristics of segments (sandhi)” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21. The segments are divisions of the plot (itivṛtta or vastu) of a dramatic play (nāṭaka) and consist of sixty-four limbs, known collectively as the sandhyaṅga.

2) Citra (चित्र) refers to a musical instrument with nine strings to be played with a plectrum, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. Accordingly, “the citra is a vīṇā with seven strings, and the vipañcī is that with nine strings. And the latter (vipañcī) is to be played with the plectrum (koṇa), and the citrā with the fingers only”.

3) Citra (चित्र, “variegated”) refers to one of the three types of gativṛtti (styles of procedure), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. Gativṛtti gives quality to give quality to the instrumental music and songs and is influenced by tāla (time-measure), laya (tempo), gīti (rhythm), yati and grahamārga (way of beginning).

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “in the citra, the Māgadhī is the gīti, the instrumental music is concise (i.e. not elaborate), the unit of time-measure is one kalā, tempo is quick, and yati is level (samā) and the Anāgata grahas preponderate”.

4) Citrā (चित्रा) is the name of a meter belonging to the Dvipadā-caturasra class of Dhruvā (songs) described in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32.

5) Citra (चित्र) refers to one of the twenty prakāras: rules used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33. Accordingly, “the playing which is performed with various karaṇas such as nirvartita etc., by many kinds of hands, and which has the three tempos and the three pāṇis, is called Citra”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Citra (चित्र) refers to one of the 93 alaṃkāras (“figures of speech”) mentioned by Cirañjīva Bhaṭṭācārya (fl. 17th century) in his Kāvyavilāsa and is listed as one of the 4 śabdālaṃkāras (figure of speech determined by sound, as opposed to the sense).—When the letters under a particular disposition take the shape of a sword etc. it is termed citra.

Example of the citra-alaṃkāra:—

sā’namā navabhā rāmā mārābhā vanamānasā |
yāti cāruvibhāmābhā bhāmābhāvirucā’ tiyā ||

“The damsel who has sulky pride, who is shining with fresh radience, who is full of amorous desire, who is in a mind to go to forest for bringing water, who is blazing with extreme lusture like the goddess of fortune and whose beauty is of the nature of that of Satyabhāma is passing by”.

Notes: Here the first line is read in straight way first and if the same line is read in a reverse way we will get the second line. Similarly the reading of the third foot in a reverse way will give rise to the forth foot. So this is an example of citra.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyavilasa of Ciranjiva Bhattacarya (natyashastra)
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Citrā (चित्रा) refers to the fourteenth of twenty-seven constellations (ṛkṣa), according to the Mānasāra. Ṛkṣa is the third of the āyādiṣaḍvarga, or “six principles” that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.

The particular nakṣatra, also known as ṛkṣa (eg., citrā) of all architectural and iconographic objects (settlement, building, image) must be calculated and ascertained. This process is based on the principle of the remainder. An arithmetical formula to be used in each case is stipulated, which engages one of the basic dimensions of the object (breadth, length, or perimeter/circumference). In the context of village planning and measurement, the text sates that among the stars (ṛkṣa), the ones that are pūrṇa (odd), are auspicious and the ones that are karṇa (even), inauspicious.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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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.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Citra (चित्र) refers to one of the forty-seven tānas (tone) used in Indian music.—The illustration of Citra (as a deity) according to 15th-century Indian art is as follows.—The colour of his body is yellow. His face is similar to the face of a goat. A viṇā is in the right hand and a water pot (jar) in the left hand.

The illustrations (of, for example Citra) are found scattered throughout ancient Jain manuscripts from Gujarat. The descriptions of these illustrations of this citrāvalī are based on the ślokas of Vācanācārya Gaṇi Sudhākalaśa’s Saṅgītopaniṣatsāroddhāra (14th century) and Śārṅgadeva’s Saṅgītaratnākara (13th century).

Source: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style

Citra (चित्र) or Citrakalā refers to the ancient Indian art of “painting”.—Vātsyāyana, author of Kāmasūtra, a text dated to the 2nd century CE, enumerates the ṣaḍaṅga or “six limbs” of painting. The ṣaḍaṅga evolved into a series of canons that laid down the principles of painting.

The six limbs of painting (citra-kāla) are:

  1. rūpabheda, the perception of difference in appearance;
  2. pramāṇa, valid perception, measure and structure;
  3. bhāva, feelings expressed in forms;
  4. lāvaṇya-yojana, infusion of grace in artistic representation;
  5. sādṛśya, similarities;
  6. varṇikabhaṅga, identification and analysis of colour and hue.

These “six limbs” (ṣaḍaṅga) were the basis of the Indian art of painting. Indian paintings can be broadly classified as murals and miniatures. Murals are large works executed on walls of solid structures. These may be cave walls, as in Ajanta (Maharashtra), or walls of temples, as in the Kailāsanātha temple of Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu).

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Painting: A Survey

Citra (चित्र) refers to a “depiction of a painting-two dimensional” and represents a classification of Hindu images, as defined in the texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—There is another classification of images into three kinds—chitra (depiction of a painting-two dimensional), chitrārdha/ardha-chitra (high relief sculpture) and chitrabhāsa (relief sculpture). Chitra denotes images in the full round representation with all their limbs completely worked out. It is also known sarvāṅga-dṛśyakaraṇa (having all its parts visible).

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

1) Citrā (चित्रा) is a type of mātrāvṛtta (quantitative verse) described in the Mātrāsamakaprakaraṇa section of the second chapter of Kedārabhaṭṭa’s Vṛttaratnākara. The Vṛttaratnākara is considered as most popular work in Sanskrit prosody, because of its rich and number of commentaries. Kedārabhaṭṭa (C. 950-1050 C.E.) was a celebrated author in Sanskrit prosody.

2) Citrā (चित्रा) is the alternative name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) mentioned by Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Citrā corresponds to Maṇḍukī, Cañcalā. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.

Citrā is also the name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) to which Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) assigned the alternative name of Pramitākṣarā.

3) Citrā (चित्रा) refers to one of the 135 metres (chandas) mentioned by Nañjuṇḍa (1794-1868 C.E.) in his Vṛttaratnāvalī. Nañjuṇḍa was a poet of both Kannada and Sanskrit literature flourished in the court of the famous Kṛṣṇarāja Woḍeyar of Mysore. He introduces the names of these metres (eg., Citrā) in 20 verses.

4) Citrā (चित्रा) refers to one of the thirty mātrāvṛtta (quantitative verse) mentioned in the 331st chapter of the Agnipurāṇa. The Agnipurāṇa deals with various subjects viz. literature, poetics, grammar, architecture in its 383 chapters and deals with the entire science of prosody (eg., the citrā metre) in 8 chapters (328-335) in 101 verses in total.

5) Citrā (चित्रा) refers to one of the thirty-four mātrāvṛtta (quantitative verse) mentioned in the Garuḍapurāṇa. The Garuḍapurāṇa also deals with the science of prosody (eg., the citrā) in its six chapters 207-212. The chapters comprise 5, 18, 41, 7 and 9 verses respectively.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Citra (चित्र) means “picture”. Vāsudeva (18th century) uses this term in 55th verse of the Vṛttagajendramokṣa in the section of Samavṛtta. He describes that the King of the elephant becomes happy to see the pond and gets ready to take bath in that pond with the help of Kareṇu. The picture of the pond is the main episode of this verse and the elephant becomes happy to see the water of the pond.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

Citra (चित्र) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.9.8, II.9) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Citra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Citra is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.108.4) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Citrā (चित्रा) is explained in terms of kuṇḍalinīyoga by Lakṣmaṇadeśika in his 11th-century Śaradātilaka.—The body is described, starting from the “bulb” (kanda), the place in which the subtle channels (nāḍī) originate, located between anus and penis (28–9). The three principal channels are iḍā (left), piṅgalā (right) and suṣumṇā (in the centre of the spine and the head). Inside the suṣumṇā is citrā, a channel connecting to the place on the top of the skull called the brahmarandhra (30–4).

Note: The citrā, also called the citriṇī, is inside the suṣumṇā. It is in fact the citrā which resembles a string of lotuses, since the lotuses are strung on it (cf. Ṣaṭcakranirūpaṇa, verse 2).

Source: The Śāradātilakatantra on Yoga
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Citrā (चित्रा, ‘bright’) is the beautiful star, α Virginis. It is mentioned in a legend of Indra in the Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa, and in that of the ‘two divine dogs’ (divyau śvānau) in the Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Citra (चित्र): A son of Dhritarashtra killed in the war.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

The name of certain Supannas. D.ii.259.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Citrā (चित्रा) refers to one of the twenty-seven constellations (nakṣatra) according to according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Citrā is the Sanskrit equivalent of Chinese Kio, Tibetan Nag-pa and modern Virginis.

Citrā is classified in the fourth group: “The moon revolves around the earth in 28 days. If the moon enters one of the nine following constellations (eg., Citrā), then at that moment the earth trembles as if it would collapse and this trembling extends as far as Devendra. Then peace (yogakṣema) is plentiful, rain favors the growth of the five grains, the emperor is kind (śiva), the great ministers are virtuous and everyone is peaceful”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Citra (चित्र) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Citra] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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citra : (nt.) mind; thought; (m.), name of a month: March-April. (adj.), variegated; manifold; beautiful. (nt.), a painting; picture.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Citra, =citta3, the month Chaitra, KhA 192 (°māsa). (Page 268)

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

citra (चित्र).—n (S) A drawing, etching, painting; a sketch or figure. 2 At cards. A picture-card. 3 Variegated color. 4 The mirage. 5 A puppet or little image. citrāsārakhā Still and mute (like a picture). 2 Beautiful or pretty (i. e. like a puppet or image). citrāsārakhā -cālaṇēṃ -bōlaṇēṃ -hāsaṇēṃ To walk-speaklaugh or smile finely, gracefully, prettily (i. e. to act like a well-managed puppet).

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citra (चित्र).—a (S) Variegated or various. Ex. disōṃ lāgalīṃ citra cinhēṃ sukhācīṃ.

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citrā (चित्रा).—f pl (S) The fourteenth lunar mansion.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

citra (चित्र).—n A drawing. The mirage. A pup- pet. a Various. citrāsārakhā Still and mute; beautiful or pretty.

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citrā (चित्रा).—f The fourteenth lunar mansion.

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

Citra (चित्र).—a. [citr-bhāve ac; ci-ṣṭran vā Uṇ.4.163]

1) Bright, clear.

2) Variegated, spotted, diversified.

3) amusing, interesting, agreeable; Māl.1.4.

4) Various, different, manifold; Pt.1.136; Ms.9.248; Y.1.288.

5) Surprising, wonderful, strange; किमत्र चित्रम् (kimatra citram) R.5.33; Ś.2.15.

6) Perceptible, visible.

7) Conspicuous, excellent, distinguished; न यद्वचश्चित्रपदं हरेर्यशो जगत्पवित्रं प्रगृणीत कर्हिचित् (na yadvacaścitrapadaṃ hareryaśo jagatpavitraṃ pragṛṇīta karhicit) Bhāg.1.5.1.

8) Rough, agitated (as the sea, opp sama).

9) Clear, loud, perceptible (as a sound).

-traḥ 1 The variegated colour.

2) A form of Yama.

3) The Aśoka tree.

4) = चित्रगुप्त (citragupta) q. v. below.

-tram 1 A picture, painting, delineation चित्रे निवेश्य परिकल्पितसत्त्वयोगा (citre niveśya parikalpitasattvayogā) Ś.2.9; पुनरपि चित्रीकृता कान्ता (punarapi citrīkṛtā kāntā) Ś.6.2,13,21 &c.

2) A brilliant ornament or ornament.

3) An extraordinary appearance, wonder.

4) A sectarial mark on the forehead.

5) Heaven, sky.

6) A spot.

7) The white or spotted leprosy.

8) (In Rhet.) The last of the three main divisions of Kāvya (poetry). (It is of two kinds śabdacitra and artha-vācya-citra, and the poetical charm lies mainly in the use of figures of speech dependent on the sound and sense of words. Mammaṭa thus defines it :-śabdacitraṃ vājyacitramavyaṅgyaṃ tvavaraṃ smṛtam K. P.1. As an instance of śabdacitra may be cited the following verse from R. G. mitrātriputranetrāya trayīśātravaśatrave | gotrārigotrajaitrāya gotrātre te namo namaḥ ||

9) Anything bright which strikes the eye.

1) Playing upon words, punning, using conundrums, riddles &c.

11) A lotus. ...... maṅgale tilake hemni vyomni padme napuṃsakam | Nm. -tram ind. Oh !, how strange !, what a wonder ! citraṃ badhiro nāma vyākaraṇamadhyeṣyate Sk.

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Citrā (चित्रा).—[citr-ac]

1) Name of the fourteenth lunar mansion consisting of one star; हिमनिर्मुक्तयोर्योगे चित्राचन्द्रम- सोरिव (himanirmuktayoryoge citrācandrama- soriva) R.1.46.

2) A kind of snake.

3) Worldly illusion, unreality.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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