Digambara, Dish-ambara: 16 definitions



Digambara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi. 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 Digambar.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Red Zambala: The 10 Great Wisdom Goddesses

When the universe is dissolved (pralaya), the Power of Time (Kālī) remains without a veil, naked. Hence the Goddess is “clad in space” (Digambara), having the vast emptiness of space as her only vesture.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Digambara (दिगम्बर) or Digambararasa is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 2, dealing with jvara: fever). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, since it is an ayurveda treatment it should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., digambara-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Digambara.—(IA 7), a Jain sect. Note: digambara 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

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

digambara : (m.) a naked ascetic.

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

digambara (दिगंबर).—a (S dig from diś Space, ambara Clothing.) Naked. 2 A name of Mahadeva.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

digambara (दिगंबर).—a Naked. A name of mahādēva.

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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.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Digambara (दिगम्बर).—a. having only the directions for his clothing, stark naked, unclothed; दिगम्बरत्वेन निवेदितं वसु (digambaratvena niveditaṃ vasu) Ku.5.72; एकाकी गृहसंत्यक्तः पाणिपात्रो दिगम्बरः (ekākī gṛhasaṃtyaktaḥ pāṇipātro digambaraḥ) Pt.5.15; Ms.11.21. (-raḥ) 1 a naked mendicant (of the Jaina or Buddha sect.)

2) a mendicant, an ascetic.

3) an epithet of (1) Śiva; (2) Skanda.

4) darkness.

Digambara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms diś and ambara (अम्बर). See also (synonyms): digvāsas.

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

Digambara (दिगम्बर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-rī-raṃ) 1. Naked, unclad, unclothed. 2. Dressed in, or enveloped by the atmosphere, clouds, &c. m.

(-raṃ) 1. A Bauddha mendicant, wearing coloured clothes, or going naked. 2. Any mendicant not wearing clothes. 3. Darkness. 4. A name of Siva, (from his being naked.) 5. A Jain of one great division, which represents the images of their saints, either naked or plainly attired. f. (-rī) A name of Durga. E. dik inflection of diś space, ambara vestment; whose only garment is the atmosphere. dik śūnyamambaraṃ yasya .

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

Digambara (दिगम्बर).—i. e. diś-ambara, I. adj., f. , Naked, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 14. Ii. m. An ascetic, [Prabodhacandrodaya, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 46, 5.

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

Digambara (दिगम्बर).—[adjective] unclad, naked (lit. sky-clothed), [abstract] tva [neuter]; [masculine] a naked mendicant.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Digambara (दिगम्बर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—grammarian. Quoted in Gaṇaratnamahodadhi p. 441. Compare Digvastra.

2) Digambara (दिगम्बर):—father of Śiva Dīkṣita (Adhikaraṇamālārthaprakāśikā).

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

1) Digambara (दिगम्बर):—[=dig-ambara] [from dig > diś] mfn. ‘sky clothed’ id est. quite naked, [Bhartṛhari iii, 90; Pañcatantra v, 14]

2) [v.s. ...] m. (also -ka) a naked mendicant ([especially] of the Jaina or Bauddha sect cf. 1. kṣapaṇa), [Prabodha-candrodaya; Vetāla-pañcaviṃśatikā] etc., [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 530 etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva or Skanda, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a grammarian, [Gaṇaratna-mahodadhi]

5) [v.s. ...] darkness, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Digambara (दिगम्बर):—(2. diś + ambara)

1) adj. nur die Himmelsgegenden, den Horizont zum Kleide habend, splitternackt [Amarakoṣa 3, 1, 39.] [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha 4, 256. fg.] [Medinīkoṣa Rāmāyaṇa 268.] [Bhartṛhari 3, 90.] [Pañcatantra V, 14.] [Kathāsaritsāgara 13, 147.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 1, 19, 27.] f. ā [Kathāsaritsāgara 20, 50.] digambaratva n. Nacktheit [Kumārasaṃbhava 5, 72.] —

2) m. a) Bez. nackt einhergehender Bettelmönche, insbes. von der Secte der Jaina, = kṣapaṇa, kṣapaṇaka [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] [Colebrooke] [?I,380. II,220. Prabodhacandrodaja 46,5. Madhusūdanasarasvatī’s Prasthānabheda in Weber’s Indische Studien.1,13. Weber’s Verzeichniss No. 626. Oxforder Handschriften 90,b,5 v. u. Vetālapañcaviṃśati.2,4.] — b) Beiname Śiva’s [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] Skanda's [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 62.] — e) Finsterniss [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 3, 3, 355.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 20.] [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] —

3) f. ī Beiname der Durgā [KULĀRṆAVA im Śabdakalpadruma] — Vgl. digvasra, digvāsas .

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Digambara (दिगम्बर):—

1) [Kathāsaritsāgara 73, 383. 121, 113.] —

2) a) ein Jaina-Mönch eines best. Ordens [SARVADARŚANAS. 44,5.] [WILSON, Sel. Works 1,339. fgg.] [Oxforder Handschriften 109,b,1. 242,b, No. 599.]

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

Digambara (दिगम्बर):——

1) Adj. (f. ā) die Himmelsgegenden zum Kleide habend , splitternackt. Nom.abstr. tva n.

2) m. — a) ein nackt einhergehender Bettelmönch , insbes. ein Jaina-Mönch eines best. Ordens. — b) *Beiname — α) Śiva’s — β) Skanda's. — c) *Finsterniss. Man hätte n. Gewand — , Hülle der Himmelsgegenden erwartet. —

3) (f. ī) Beiname der Durgā.

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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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