Dharma-kathika, Dharmakathika: 2 definitions


Dharma-kathika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

India history and geography

[«previous next»] — Dharma-kathika in India history glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Dharma-kathika.—(LL), cf. Prakrit dhamma-kadhika (EI 15), a [Buddhist] preacher; a preacher of the [Buddhist] religious system; same as Dharma-kathin; also spelt Dharma- kathaka. Note: dharma-kathika 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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dharma-kathika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Dharmakathika (धर्मकथिक).—m. (also dhārma°; = Pali dhamma°; compare 3 dharma, with kathā), preacher: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 200.3; Mahāvyutpatti 2763; Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 162.1; Divyāvadāna 329.2, 7 (by em.). ([Boehtlingk and Roth]'s alternative dharmakathaka is evidently a false reading for Mahāvyutpatti 2763; Mironov only °ika.)

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Dhārmakathika (धार्मकथिक).—m. (= dharma°, q.v.), preacher: Divyāvadāna 493.8; Śikṣāsamuccaya 56.1; Kalpanāmaṇḍitikā, Lüders, Kl. Sanskrit Texte 2 p. 43; Bodhisattvabhūmi 162.2; 175.7; -tva, abstr.: Bodhisattvabhūmi 239.8; Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya iii.122.4.

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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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