Citrakuta, Citrakūṭā, Citrakūṭa, Citra-kuta: 17 definitions
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Alternative spellings of this word include Chitrakuta.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
1) Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट).—Name of a minor mountain (kṣudraparvata) situated in Bhārata, a region south of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. In the settlements (janapada) along these mountains dwell Āryas and Mlecchas who drink water from the rivers flowing there. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.
2) Citrakūṭā (चित्रकूटा).—Name of a river originating from Ṛkṣa, a holy mountain (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.
Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट).—A mountain.
Renowned in the purāṇas, this mountain is on the banks of the river, Mandākinī. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 85). It was here, at Citrakūṭa that Śrī Rāma, Sītā and others lived for a period of time. It is said that Rājalakṣmī (royal wealth and welfare) will embrace those who fast on the Citrakūṭa after a bath in the Mandākinī. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 26, Verse 29). This mountain is in Bāndā Zilla of the U.P. in modern India.
Citrakūṭa is described in Cantos 56 and 94 of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1a) Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट).—A hill in Bhāratavarṣa; sacred to Sītā and to Pitṛs.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 19. 16; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 23; III. 13. 38. Matsya-purāṇa 13. 39; 52. 65.
1b) A hill in Kuśadvīpa.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 15.
1c) R. from Ṛkṣa (Ṛṣyavanta, Matsya-purāṇa) in Bhāratavarṣa.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 30; Matsya-purāṇa 114. 25; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 99.
Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट) refers to the name of a Mountain or Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.83.55). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Citrakūṭa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
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.
Vastushastra (architecture)Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Vairāja, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 49. The Vairāja group contains twenty-four out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under five prime vimānas (aerial car/palace), which were created by Brahmā for as many gods (including himself). The group represents temples (e.g. Citrakūṭa) that are to be square shaped. The prāsādas, or ‘temples’, represent the dwelling place of God and are to be built in towns. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.
Citrakūṭa is mentioned in another list from the Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 56, being part of the group named Miśraka, containing 9 unique temple varieties.
Citrakūṭa is found in another list in the Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra, chapter 60, where it is mentioned in a list of thirty-six Prāsādas (temples) having activities of the townsmen entailing Sādhārās.
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.
Kavya (poetry)Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
1) Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट) is the name of an ancient king, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 28. Accordingly, “there was a young king named Suṣeṇa on the mountain of Citrakūṭa, who was created like another God of Love by the Creator to spite Śiva. He made at the foot of that great mountain a heavenly garden, which was calculated to make the gods averse to dwelling in the garden of Nandana. And in the middle of it he made a lake with full-blown lotuses, like a new productive bed for the lotuses with which the Goddess of Fortune plays. This lake had steps leading down into it made of splendid gems, and the king used to linger on its banks without a bride, because there were no eligible matches for him”.
2) Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट) is the name of a city according to the story “Sattvaśīla and the two treasures” according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 35. Accordingly, “in the town of Citrakūṭa there was a king named Brāhmaṇavara, rightly named, for he was devoted to honouring Brāhmans”.
Citrakūṭa or Citrakūṭapura is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 56. Accordingly, “... then Candrasvāmin went with a merchant named Koṭīśvara to Citrakūta, crossing the sea in his ship. And in that city he found the merchant Kanakavarman, and longing tor his children, he told him the whole story”.
Citrakūṭa or Citrakūṭanagara is also mentioned in the twentieth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 94. Accordingly, “... there is a city called Citrakūṭa, rightly so named, where the established divisions of the castes never step across the strict line of demarcation”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Citrakūṭa, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.
Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
Citrakūta (चित्रकूत): Chitrakūta was in mountain forests where Rama, Sita and Lakshmana spent eleven and half years of their exile; The hermitages of Vālmīki, Atri, Sati Anusuya, Dattatreya, Maharshi Markandeya, Sarbhanga, Sutikshna were here; and here the principal trinity of the Hindu pantheon, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, took their incarnations.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट) is the name of a mountain which is situated along the east bank of the river Sitodā. On top of Citrakūṭa and Vicitrakūṭa are the temples of the Jinas. The river Sitodā is mentioned as flowing through Videha together with the Sitā river. Videha is one of the seven regions (kṣetra) of Jambūdvīpa according to Jaina cosmology. Jambūdvīpa sits at the centre of madhyaloka (‘middle world’) is the most important of all continents and it is here where human beings reside.Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra
Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट) is the name of a Vidyādhara-city, situated on mount Vaitāḍhya (in the southern row), according to chapter 1.3 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.
“[...] Taking their families and all their retinue and ascending the best of cars, they went to Vaitāḍhya. [...] Ten yojanas above the earth, King Nami made fifty cities on the mountain in a southern row [viz., Citrakūṭa]. Nami himself lived in Śrīrathanūpuracakravāla, the capital city among these cities. [...] The two rows of Vidyādhara-cities looked very magnificent, as if the Vyantara rows above were reflected below. After making many villages [viz., Citrakūṭa] and suburbs, they established communities according to the suitability of place. The communities there were called by the same name as the community from which the men had been brought and put there. [...]”.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट).—Name of a hill and district near Prayāga; दृप्तः कुकुद्मानिव चित्रकूटः (dṛptaḥ kukudmāniva citrakūṭaḥ) R.12;15;13.47, U.1.
Derivable forms: citrakūṭaḥ (चित्रकूटः).
Citrakūṭa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms citra and kūṭa (कूट).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-ṭaḥ) The name of a mountain in Bundelkhand, the modern Compteh, and first habitation of Rama in his excile. E. citra wonderful, and kūṭa peak; it is an epithet of many hills. citraṃ kūṭaṃ śṛṅgaṃ asya .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट) or Gṛdhrakūṭa.—m. names of mountains, [Meghadūta, (ed. Gildemeister.)] 17; [Hitopadeśa] 18, 6; [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 1, 30.
Citrakūṭa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms citra and kūṭa (कूट).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट).—[masculine] [Name] of [several] mountains.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Citrakūṭa (चित्रकूट):—[=citra-kūṭa] [from citra > cit] m. ‘wonderful peak’, Name of a hill and district (the modern Citrakote or Catarkot near Kāmtā, situated on the river Paisuni about 50 miles S.E. of the Bandah in Bundelkhund; first habitation of the exiled Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, crowded with temples as the holiest spot of Rāma’s worshippers), [Mahābhārata iii, 8200; Rāmāyaṇa i-iii; Raghuvaṃśa xii f.; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
2) [v.s. ...] a pleasure-hill, [Daśakumāra-carita viii, 90]
3) [v.s. ...] n. Name of a town, [Kathāsaritsāgara]
4) Citrakūṭā (चित्रकूटा):—[=citra-kūṭā] [from citra-kūṭa > citra > cit] f. Name of a river, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]
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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