Datti, Dattī: 9 definitions


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

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Dattī (दत्ती) is a Prakrit term referring to “marriage with girls who were given”, according to chapter 1.2 [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. Accordingly, “[...] From the time of the Lord’s marriage, there was marriage with girls who were given [viz., dattī]. Then also began tonsure and initiation, battle-cries, and enquiries”.

Note: The Prakrit dattī which is explained in several ways. The first interpretation is that it refers to the giving in marriage by Ṛṣabha of Brahmī to Bāhubali and of Sundarī to Bharata; i.e., contrary to the custom of twin-marriage, the girls were given to their half-brothers. Hemacandra evidently follows this. Alternatives are that it refers to Ṛṣabha’s bestowal of gifts for a year, or to the giving of alms.—(cf. Āvaśyakasūtra 224, p. 200b)

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Datti.—(EI 23; CII 4; CITD), a gift; cf. Sarvasiddhi-datti (EI 19). Note: datti is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

datti : (f.) a small vessel to keep food in.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Datti, (f.) (from dadāti+ti) gift, donation, offering D.I, 166; M.I, 78, 342; A.I, 295; II, 206; Pug.55. (Page 312)

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Datti (दत्ति).—A gift, donation.

Derivable forms: dattiḥ (दत्तिः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Datti (दत्ति).—f.

(-ttiḥ) Gift, donation. E. to give, ktin aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Datti (दत्ति).—i. e. dā + ti (from the reduplicated form dad), f. Offering, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 8, 85.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Datti (दत्ति).—[feminine] gift, donation, offering.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Datti (दत्ति):—[from dattā > datta] f., [vii, 4, 46] a gift, [Raghuvaṃśa]

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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. 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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