Dipti, aka: Dīpti, Dīptī; 11 Definition(s)


Dipti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Dīpti (दीप्ति, “brilliance, lustre”):—Name of one of the sixty-four mātṛs to be worshipped during Āvaraṇapūjā (“Worship of the Circuit of Goddesses”, or “Durgā’s Retinue”), according to the Durgāpūjātattva. They should be worshipped with either the five upācāras or perfume and flowers.

Her mantra is as follows:

ॐ दीप्त्यै नमः
oṃ dīptyai namaḥ.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Dīpti (दीप्ति).—A Viśvadeva. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 91, Verse 34).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Dīpti (दीप्ति).—An Amitābha god; one of the twenty Amitābha gaṇas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 17; Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 16.

1b) The fruit of Prāṇāyāma; equal to the worship of planets of Sun, Moon, and able to know the past, present and future.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 11. 4, 9.

1c) (Ātreya)—a sage of the first epoch of Sāvarṇa Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 11.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Dīpti (दीप्ति, “radiance”) refers to one of the ten “ involuntary graces” of women (svābhāvikā), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. These involuntary (spontaneous) graces, represent one of the three aspects of graces (alaṃkāra) which forms which forms the support of sentiments (rasa) in drama. These involuntary graces (such as dīpti) are defined according to the science of sāmānyābhinaya, or “harmonious representation”.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “a high degree of charm, is called ‘radiance’ (dīpti)”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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).

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Dīpti (दीप्ति) refers to an aspect of nṛsiṃha (‘man-lion’), according to the Vihagendra-saṃhitā 4.17, which mentions seventy-four forms (inlcuding twenty forms of vyūha). He is also known as Dīptinṛsiṃha or Dīptinarasiṃha. Nṛsiṃha is a Tantric deity and refers to the furious (ugra) incarnation of Viṣṇu.

The 15th-century Vihagendra-saṃhīta is a canonical text of the Pāñcarātra corpus and, in twenty-four chapters, deals primarely with meditation on mantras and sacrificial oblations.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Dīpti (दीप्ति).—Explained as स्फूर्ति (sphūrti) or throbbing in utterance. Out of the seven svaras or yamas क्रुष्ट, प्रथम, द्वितीय, तृतीय, चतुर्थ, मन्द्र (kruṣṭa, prathama, dvitīya, tṛtīya, caturtha, mandra) and अतिस्वार्य (atisvārya), the throbbing (दीप्ति (dīpti)) of the latter and latter tone leads to the perception of the former and former one: cf. तेषां दीप्तिजोपलब्धिः (teṣāṃ dīptijopalabdhiḥ) T. Pr. XXIII. 15.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Dīptī (दीप्ती) refers to “retaining aura” and represents one of the seven types of extraordinary powers of austerity (tapas), which itself is a subclass of the eight ṛddhis (extraordinary powers). These powers can be obtained by the Ārya (civilized people) in order to produce worldly miracles. The Āryas represent one of the two classes of human beings according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.46, the other being Mleccha (barbarians).

What is meant by extraordinary power to retain aura (dīptī-riddhi)? It is the extraordinary power by which one retains the aura of his body even after conquering afflictions.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

dīpti (दीप्ति).—f S Light, lustre, splendor, refulgence. Ex. gṛhīṃ dīpti tyā adrutā bāḷakācī.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dīpti (दीप्ति).—f Light, lustre.

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

Dīpti (दीप्ति).—f. [dīp-bhāve-ktin]

1) Brightness, splendour, brilliance, lustre.

2) Brilliancy of beauty, extreme loveliness; (for the difference between dīpti and kānti see under kānti).

3) Lac.

4) Brass.

5) The flash-like flight of an arrow.

Derivable forms: dīptiḥ (दीप्तिः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dīpti (दीप्ति).—f.

(-ptiḥ) 1. Light, lustre, splendour. 2. Beauty. 3. The swift flight of an arrow. 4. A property of women, extreme loveliness, brilliant beauty. 5. Lac. 5. Bell metal. E. dīp to shine, affix bhāve ktin .

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