Daitya, aka: Daityā; 6 Definition(s)
Daitya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.
PuranaSource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
1) Daitya (दैत्य) is the Sanskrit name for a group of deities to be worshipped during raṅgapūjā, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 3.1-8. Accordingly, the master of the dramatic art who has been initiated for the purpose shall consecrate the playhouse after he has made obeisance (eg., to Daityas).
2) Daitya (दैत्य).—According to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35, the role (bhūmikā) of actors playing Daityas is defined as, “persons who are fat, and have a large body and a voice like the peal of thunder (lit. cloud), furious looking eyes and naturally knit eyebrows, should be employed to take up the role of Rākṣasas, Dānavas and Daityas; for the performance of male actors should be in conformity with their limbs and movements.”.Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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).
Itihasa (narrative history)
Daitya (दैत्य) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.24) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Daitya) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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’).
Languages of India and abroad
daitya (दैत्य).—n (S) The titan or giant of Hindu mythology.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
daitya (दैत्य).—m A demon; the Titan of Hindu mythology.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Daitya (दैत्य).—[diterapatyaṃ-ṇya] See दैतेय (daiteya).
Derivable forms: daityaḥ (दैत्यः).
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1) A drug.
2) Spirituous liquor.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Search found 35 books and stories containing Daitya or Daityā. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 58 - Dundubhinirhrāda is slain < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 22 - Description of Jalandhara’s Battle < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 21 - Description of the Special War < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 1.2.14 < [Chapter 2 - Divya: In Heaven]
Verse 1.7.108 < [Chapter 7 - Purna: The Complete Perfection]
Verse 2.5.163 < [Chapter 5 - Prema: Love of God]
The Gautami Mahatmya (by G. P. Bhatt)
The Mahabharata - First Book (by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa)
Section CCXII < [Rajya-labha Parva]
Section CCXI < [Rajya-labha Parva]
Section CCXXVII < [Khandava-daha Parva]
The Markandeya Purana (by Frederick Eden Pargiter)
Yoga Vasistha [English], Volume 1-4 (by Vihari-Lala Mitra)
Chapter XXXVIII - Scrutiny into the nature of god < [Book V - Upasama khanda (upashama khanda)]
Chapter XXXVII - Disorder and disquiet of the asura realm < [Book V - Upasama khanda (upashama khanda)]
Chapter XXXIX - Admonitions of hari to prahlada < [Book V - Upasama khanda (upashama khanda)]