Dvara-koshthaka, Dvāra-koṣṭhaka, Dvarakoshthaka: 2 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Dvāra-koṣṭhaka can be transliterated into English as Dvara-kosthaka or Dvara-koshthaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Dvāra-koṣṭhaka.—(Lu7ders, Mathurā Inscriptions, p. 135, text line 4), translated as ‘gateway’; gate-chamber. Note: dvāra-koṣṭhaka 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»] — Dvara-koshthaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Dvārakoṣṭhaka (द्वारकोष्ठक).—m. (= Pali °koṭṭhaka; compare caraṇa- koṣṭha), lit. gate-room; a room, or (often) roofed but open space, over a gate or entrance (to a private house, religious [Page274-a+ 71] edifice, or city); such spaces, guarded by railings and covered but open in front, are seen in the ‘cave-temples’ of Ajanta etc. Also, perhaps by extension, seems to be used in the sense of gate, entrance; and sometimes it is hard to say which is meant: °ke sthitvā Divyāvadāna 17.12, at the gate (entrance, to a house); bhagavāṃs tasya (sc. of a private person, at his house) dvārakoṣṭhakam anuprāptaḥ; dauvā- rikapuruṣeṇāsya niveditaṃ, bhagavān dvāre (note! = °koṣṭhake) tiṣṭhatīti Avadāna-śataka i.31.10, is standing at the gate; Divyāvadāna 535.11 ff., here app. a city-gate; bahirdvārakoṣṭhaka (= Pali bahidvārakoṭṭhaka), the space outside the gate: °kasyaikānte Bhikṣuṇī-karmavācanā 3b.2 (here probably of the vihāra-gate); jetavanaṃ gataḥ…dvāra°ke sthitvāgaruṃ dhūpitavān Avadāna-śataka i.24.2; in the last it is hard to say whether the gateway, or the space over it, is meant; app. of the space over the entrance to a vihāra, °ke pañcagaṇḍakaṃ cakraṃ kārayitavyam Divyāvadāna 300.8, 9, 25; (stūpasya…) catvāro °kā māpitāḥ Divyāvadāna 244.17; (dvitīyamaṇḍale) °ke (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 47.26; others, Jātakamālā 19.17; 20.1; Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.168.12 etc.

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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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