Duhitri, Duhitṛ: 14 definitions


Duhitri means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Duhitṛ can be transliterated into English as Duhitr or Duhitri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Duhitrī (दुहित्री) refers to “daughter”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as the Goddess Kumārī said to Ṛṣi Vyāsa said: “Vyāsa’s state is nothing (real). O Śaṃkara, (there is nothing) of mine (I can give) you. [...] And (there is) Māyā in the form of one's sister and she is (one’s) daughter [i.e., duhitrī] due to Māyā. And that pure mother is Māyā. Another Māyā is the (liberating) sixteenth energy (of the moon). [...]”.

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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)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ) refers to “one’s daughter”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.33 (“The appeasement of Himavat”).—Accordingly, as Vasiṣṭha said to Himavat (Himācala): “[...] This Pārvatī is the wife of Śiva in every birth. [...] Taking the firm decision on seeing her innumerable sufferings He came to the place of your daughter’s (duhitṛ) penance in the guise of a brahmin. After consoling her and granting her the boon He returned to His abode. It was for complying with her request that Śiva requested you for the hand of Śivā, O mountain. Both of you had accepted the proposal as you were drawn by devotion to Śiva. O lord of mountains, how is it that your mind has taken a somersault now? Please tell me. [...]”

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ) is the regular designation of ‘daughter’ from the Rigveda onwards. The word appears to be derived from duh, ‘milk’, in the sense of one who nourishes a child, rather than as the ‘milker’ of the primitive family or the suckling. See also Strī, Pati, Pitṛ, Bhrātṛ.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: 84000: Sampuṭodbhava Tantra (Emergence from Sampuṭa)

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ) refers to “daughter” and is another name for Wisdom (prajñā), according to the Sampuṭodbhavatantra chapter 1.—Accordingly, “[...] Wisdom (prajñā) is called mother Because she gives birth to the people of the world. Wisdom is also called sister Because she betokens a dowry. Wisdom is called washer-woman Because she delights all beings. Accordingly, she is called rajakī. Wisdom is called daughter (duhitṛ) Because she suckles (duhana) the milk of qualities. Wisdom is called artiste On account of being moved by great compassion. [...]”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ) refers to the “daughter (of a good family)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “When that prediction of the wicked Māra was set forth, all the assembly of Indras, Brahmās and Lokapālas were astonished, and they uttered a joyous utterance: ‘Even though they have done that many works of the Māra, they still can produce the thought of incomparable complete awakening by means of meaningfulness of seeing the Tathāgata. The discipline of the dharma, which is well spoken by the Lord, is marvelous! O Lord, who is the son (kula-putra) or daughter (kula-duhitṛ) of good family who could measure the Buddha-fields from one person to another because it cannot be measured by any disciple or isolated Buddha?’”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ).—f. [duh dah vā tṛc] A daughter

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Duhitrī (दुहित्री).—(§ 13.15) = duhitṛ, daughter: °tryoḥ, gen. dual (or, with v.l., °tryāḥ, gen. sg.), Divyāvadāna 392.10 (prose); °tryā, instr. sg., 402.1 (prose); °trīr (v.l. °trī), acc. pl., Lalitavistara 301.21 (prose); °tryāḥ, gen., Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.104.5.

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

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ) or Duhitā.—A daughter. E. duh to milk, (the mother,) Unadi affix tṛc, and iṭ inserted.

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

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ).—i. e. duh + tṛ, f. A daughter, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 215. Anomal. acc. pl. duhitaras, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 20, 28.

— Abstract. tva tva, n. [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 44, 38.

— Cf. [Gothic.] dauhtar; A. S. dohtor.

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

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ).—[feminine] daughter; [abstract] tṛtva [neuter]

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

1) Duhitṛ (दुहितृ):—[from duh] f. a daughter (the milker or drawing milk from her mother.)

2) [v.s. ...] cf. [Zend] dughdar, [Greek] θυγάτηρ, [Gothic] dauhtar, [Lithuanian] dukte, [Slavonic or Slavonian] dushti

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

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ):—(tā) 1. f. A daughter.

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

Duhitṛ (दुहितृ) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Duhiā, Dhīā, Dhūā.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Duhitṛ (ದುಹಿತೃ):—

1) [noun] = ದುಹಿತೆ [duhite].

2) [noun] a female of cowherd caste.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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