Dipika, Dīpika, Dīpikā: 14 definitions


Dipika means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dīpikā (दीपिका).—A Śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 35. 98.
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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Dīpikā (दीपिका) is the name of an anonymous commentary on the Vṛttaratnākara of Kedārabhaṭṭa (C. 950-1050 C.E.), who was a celebrated author in Sanskrit prosody. The Vṛttaratnākara is considered as most popular work in Sanskrit prosody, because of its rich and number of commentaries.

Source: Journal of the University of Bombay Volume V: Apabhramsa metres (2)

Dīpikā (दीपिका) is the name of a catuṣpadi metre (as popularly employed by the Apabhraṃśa bards), as discussed in books such as the Chandonuśāsana, Kavidarpaṇa, Vṛttajātisamuccaya and Svayambhūchandas.—Dīpikā has 28 mātrās in each of its four lines, divided into the groups of 5, 5, 4, 5, 4 and 5 mātrās, where the 1st and the last caturmātras must be either [ISI] or [IIII] according to Kavidarpaṇa II.24 and Hemacandra p. 32c; this condition however is not laid down by Chandonuśāsana 35.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Dīpikā (दीपिका) 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, as an ayurveda treatment, it should be taken twith caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., dīpikā-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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

See Pancadipika.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dīpika : (m.) a panther.

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

Dīpika, (fr. dīpin) a panther J.III, 480. (Page 324)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dīpikā (दीपिका).—f S A stand in general for a lamp. 2 A sort of lamp; usually called divaṭī.

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

dīpikā (दीपिका).—f A stand in general for a lamp a sort of lamp.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dīpikā (दीपिका).—

1) A light, torch; आसन्नोषधयो नेतुर्नक्तमस्नेहदीपिका (āsannoṣadhayo neturnaktamasnehadīpikā), R.4.75;9.7.

2) (At the end of comp.) Illustrator. elucidator as in तर्कदीपिका (tarkadīpikā).

3) Moonlight.

4) Name of a Rāgiṇī.

5) Name of some plants (Mar. vekhaṃḍa, methī, oṃvā).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Dīpikā (दीपिका) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[dharma] See Kālanirṇayadīpikā, Śrāddhadīpikā, Smṛtidīpikā. Quoted by Raghunandana, in Nirṇayasindhu, Saṃskārakaustubha, Smṛtyarthasāgara, in Utsargamayūkha and Śuddhimayūkha.

2) Dīpikā (दीपिका):—Laghujātakaṭīkā by Mādhavācārya. Oudh. Vii, 4.

3) Dīpikā (दीपिका):—jy. by Śrīnivāsa. Sūcīpattra. 17.
—[commentary] by Rāghavācārya. Ibid.

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

1) Dīpikā (दीपिका):—[from dīpaka > dīp] a f. a light, lamp, lantern, [Harivaṃśa; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] moonlight, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] ‘illustrator’ or ‘illustration’ at the end of titles of books (cf. kula-, gūḍhārtha-, trailokya-) and also alone, Name of works. (See below)

4) [v.s. ...] Ptychotis Ajowan or the root of Calmus, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] (in music) Name of a Rāgiṇī

6) [from dīp] b f. of dīpaka q.v.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Dīpikā (दीपिका) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Dīviā, Dīvī.

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Dipika in German

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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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