Citravati, Citravatī: 4 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Citravati 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 Chitravati.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

1a) Citravatī (चित्रवती).—A daughter of Agāvaha.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 257.

1b) The daughter of Citrasena.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 248.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Citravatī (चित्रवती) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.25). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Citravatī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Purana book cover
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: archive.org: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style

Citrāvatī (चित्रावती) refers to a type of mūrchanā (melodic mode), and its illustration as a Goddess (according to 15th-century Indian art) is as follows.—The colour of her body is golden. She holds pung with both hands. She wears a bodice of dark-green colour and a scarf of rosy colour with a crimson-coloured design. She wears a lower garment of light-green colour with black dots in a white design.

The illustrations (of, for example Citrāvatī) 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).

Shilpashastra book cover
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Citravatī (चित्रवती):—[=citra-vatī] [from citra-vat > citra > cit] f. a metre of 4 x 13 syllables

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a daughter of Kṛṣṇa or Gada, [Harivaṃśa 9194.]

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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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