Hanta, aka: Hantā; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Hantā (हन्ता).—One of the 20 of Amitābha gaṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 16.
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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Marathi-English dictionary

hantā (हंता).—a S That strikes or hits. 2 That kills.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

Hanta (हन्त).—ind. A particle implying

1) Joy, surprise, flurry (oh !); हन्त भो लब्धं मया स्वास्थ्यम् (hanta bho labdhaṃ mayā svāsthyam) Ś.4; हन्त प्रवृत्तं संगीतकम् (hanta pravṛttaṃ saṃgītakam) M.1.

2) Compassion, pity; पुत्रक हन्त ते धानाकाः (putraka hanta te dhānākāḥ) G. M.

3) Grief (oh !, alas !); हन्त धिङ् मामधन्यम् (hanta dhiṅ māmadhanyam) U.1. 42;

-smarāmi hanta smarāmi U.1; काचमूल्येन विकीतो हन्त चिन्तामणिर्मया (kācamūlyena vikīto hanta cintāmaṇirmayā) Śānti.1.12; Me.16.

4) Good luck or benediction.

5) It is often used as an inceptive particle (expressive of an exhortation to do any thing, or asking attention); हन्तास्मिञ्जन्मनि भवान्न मां द्रष्टुमिहार्हति (hantāsmiñjanmani bhavānna māṃ draṣṭumihārhati) Bhāg. 1.6.22; Bṛ. Up.2.4.1; हन्त ते कथयिष्यामि (hanta te kathayiṣyāmi) Rām.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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