Citranatha, Citranātha, Citra-natha: 5 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Citranatha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Chitranatha.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Citranatha in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Citranātha (चित्रनाथ).—A son of Dhṛṣṭa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 12. 21.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Citranatha in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Citranātha (चित्रनाथ) is one of the twelve princes born to Kuṃkumā, consort to Mīnanātha, who is the incarnation of Siddhanātha in the fourth yuga, belonging to the Pūrvāmnāya (‘eastern doctrine’) tradition of Kula Śaivism, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya. Siddhanātha incarnates as a Kaula master in each of the four yugas.

Citranātha was one of the six princes having the authority to teach. His master was Kaulasiṃhamuni. His tradition (ovallī) is called Pāda. He practised austeries for 12 years which is associated with the pīṭha named Aṭṭahāsa, the town name Daṇḍaratna and the forest grove named Bilvākṣa.

Source: Nirvāṇa Sundarī: A Note on Kula and Kaula Tantra

Citranātha (चित्रनाथ) is the name of one of the six sons, as well as disciples, of Matsyendranātha: the Kula-tantra Guru in the kaliyuga. Abhinavagupta describes four Gurus for Kula Tantra based on the Yuga. Khagendranātha in satyayuga, Kūrmanātha in tretāyuga, Meṣanātha in dvāparayuga and Matsyendranātha for kaliyuga.

Through these six sons (eg., Citranātha) authorized by Matsyendranātha, the Kula santati is known to have propagated. The word ‘kula’ or ‘clan’ thus originally refers to the clan of Matsyendranātha.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Citranatha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Citranātha (चित्रनाथ):—[=citra-nātha] [from citra > cit] m. Name of a son of Dhṛṣṭa, [Matsya-purāṇa xii, 21.]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Citranātha (चित्रनाथ):—m. Nomen proprium eines Sohnes des Dhrṣta [VP.².3,255.]

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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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