Ghatika, aka: Ghaṭikā, Ghātikā, Ghaṭika; 14 Definition(s)


Ghatika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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)

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Ghaṭikā (घटिका).—A measure of time equal to 24 minutes. Sixty vināḍikās make one Ghaṭikā. (See Kālamāna).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Ghaṭikā (घटिका).—A measurement of time.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 21. 4.
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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Ghaṭikā (घटिका) is a Sanskrit technical term referring a division of time (24 minutes). There are 60 ghaṭikās in a single lunar day (tithi; comprises 24 hours). The term is used throughout Jyotiṣa literature.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Ghaṭikā (घटिका).—(also known as ghaṭī) 1. A time unit equal to one-sixtieth of a day, 24 minutes. Note: Ghaṭikā is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Ghaṭikā (घटिका) or Nāḍikā or the Tamil Nāḻikai is equal to 24 minutes (and corresponds to 60 prāṇas). The Arcanāṅgavidhi of Pūrvakāmikāgama first details the time measurement used before explaining the pūjā schedule. The Āgama divides a day into eight major time periods, further divided into smaller units. The smallest and most basic unit of time is one svāsa. Sixty svāsa constitute one prāṇa. Sixty prāṇa constitute one ghaṭikā. Calculation is made from sunrise. Seven and a half ghaṭikā is equal to one yāma. A day consists of eight yāma, or sixty ghaṭikā.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Ghaṭikā (घटिका).—Though the exact duration of a lunar day (tithi) is of 60 ghaṭikās (equal to 24 hours), the motion of the moon being irregular, the traversing of twelve degrees varies from 54 to 65 ghaṭikās. Consequently there may be two tithis on the same unit day or the same tithi can extend over two unit days.

Source: Hindupedia: Pañcāṅga

India history and geogprahy

Ghaṭika.—(CII 2-1), used in the sense of ghaṭikā, an hour equal to twentyfour English minutes. Note: ghaṭika 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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Ghaṭikā.—(CII 3; ML), an hour; time equal to twentyfour English minutes; same as ghaṭi, ghaṭī. (Ep. Ind., Vol. VIII, p. 34, note 6), an establishment of holy and learned men. Cf. Tamil ghaṭikai (SII 12). Cf. ghaṭige (SII 3), an assembly. (SITI), an educational institution for advanced studies; a university; probably the same as śālā and mahāśālā. Cf. Prakrit ghaḍia-ghaḍā (EI 8), same as goṣṭhī. Note: ghaṭikā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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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ghaṭikā : (f.) a small bowl; knot; an hour; a ball; a game of sticks.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Ghaṭikā, 2 (f.) (to ghaṭa2, orig. meaning “knot, ” cp. gantha & gaṇṭhi, also gaṇḍa) 1. a small stick, a piece of a branch, a twig J.I, 331; IV, 87 (khadira°); VI, 331; Th.2, 499 (=khaṇḍa ThA.290). upadhānaghaṭikā J.III, 179 (belonging to the outfit of an executioner); pāsa° J.II, 253 is a sort of magic stick or die (=pāsaka) ‹-› 2. a game of sticks (“tip-cat” sticks Miln.trsl. II.32). D.I, 6≈(DA.I, 85: ghaṭikā ti vuccati dīgha-daṇḍakena rassa daṇḍaka-paharaṇa kīḷā, tip-cat); Vin.II, 10; III, 181; M.I, 266; A.V, 203; Miln.229.—3. a stack of twigs S.II, 178, 4; (a stick used as) a bolt Vin.II, 120, 208; III, 119; usually as sūci° a needle-shaped stick Vin.II, 237 (cp. Vin. Texts III, 106); S.IV, 290; Ud.52; J.I, 346. Cp. gaṇḍikādhāna. (Page 256)

2) Ghaṭikā, 1 (f.) (to ghaṭa1) a small bowl, used for begging alms Th.2, 422 (=ThA.269: bhikkhā-kapāla). (Page 256)

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Ghātikā, (f. abstr. to ghātaka) murder J.I, 176 sq. (Page 257)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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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ghaṭikā (घटिका).—f (S) A period of sixty pala or twenty-four minutes. 2 The metal vessel by the sinking of which in water the ghaṭikā is measured. 3 A muhūrtta or 30th part of a day and night. 4 The ancle. Note. ghaṭikā will sometimes be met with in the phrases given under its derivative ghaṭakā.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ghaṭikā (घटिका).—See ghaṭakā.

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

Ghaṭika (घटिक).—[ghaṭena tarati ṭhan] A water-man.

-kam The hip, the posteriors.

Derivable forms: ghaṭikaḥ (घटिकः).

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Ghaṭikā (घटिका).—

1) A small water-jar, bucket, a small earthen vessel; नार्यः श्मशानघटिका इव वर्जनीयाः (nāryaḥ śmaśānaghaṭikā iva varjanīyāḥ) Pt.1.192; एष क्रीडति कूपयन्त्रघटिकान्यायप्रसक्तो विधिः (eṣa krīḍati kūpayantraghaṭikānyāyaprasakto vidhiḥ) Mk.1.59.

2) A measure of time equal to 24 minutes.

3) A water-pot used in calculating the Ghaṭikās of the day;

4) The ankle.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ghaṭikā (घटिका).—(Pali id., small stick; compare prec.), stick; in vaṃśa-gh°, q.v.

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Ghātikā (घातिका).—(compare Pali dubbala-ghātikā Jāt. i.176.27; 177.4, killing of the weak), destruction, violation, in visram- bha-gh°,…of confidence: bodhisattvo…na °tikayā na dhūrtatayā lābham upārjayati Śikṣ 269.2.

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

Ghaṭika (घटिक).—n.

(-kaṃ) The posteriors. f.

(-kā) 1. The ankle; also ghaṭikā. 2. A Muhurta or thirtieth part of a day and night. 3. A Danda or period of twenty-four minutes. m.

(-kaḥ) A waterman. E. ghaṭī a clock. &c. affixes kan and ṭāp for the feminine; otherwise ghaṭa a jar and ṭhan aff.

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Ghāṭikā (घाटिका).—f.

(-kā) The nape of the neck. E. svātha ka added to the preceding. ghāṭāyām .

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