Harit: 8 definitions


Harit means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Harit (हरित्, “green”) refers to a derivative color, composed of the yellow (pīta) and the blue (nīla) colors, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. The word can also be spelled like Harita. According to the science of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation), there are four main colors (varṇa) from which various derivative and minor colors (upavarṇa) are derived. Colors are used in aṅgaracanā (painting the limbs), which forms a section of nepathya (costumes and make-up).

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Harit (हरित्) is the name of a river mentioned as flowing through Hari together with the Harikāntā river. Hari is one of the seven regions (kṣetra) of Jambūdvīpa according to Jaina cosmology. Jambūdvīpa sits at the centre of madhyaloka (‘middle world’) is the most important of all continents and it is here where human beings reside.

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

Harit (हरित्) is the name of a river that, coupled with the Harikāntā river, separates the Harivarṣa region. Harivarṣa refers to one of the regions of Jambūdvīpa: the first continent of the Madhya-loka (middle-word), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.10. The Harit river flows eastwards. The Harit and Harikāntā rivers have 56000 tributaries.

Jambūdvīpa (where flows the Harit river) is in the centre of all continents and oceans; all continents and oceans are concentric circles with Jambūdvīpa in the centre. Like the navel is in the centre of the body, Jambūdvīpa is in the centre of all continents and oceans. Sumeru Mount is in the centre of Jambūdvīpa. It is also called Mount Sudarśana.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Harit (हरित्).—a. [hṛ-iti]

1) Green, greenish.

2) Yellow, yellowish.

3) Greenish-yellow. -m.

1) The green or yellow colour.

2) A horse of the sun, a bay horse; सत्यमतीत्य हरितो हरींश्च वर्तन्ते वाजिनः (satyamatītya harito harīṃśca vartante vājinaḥ) Ś.1.; दिशो हरिद्भिर्हरिता- मिवेश्वरः (diśo haridbhirharitā- miveśvaraḥ) R.3.3; Ku.2.43.

3) A swift horse.

4) A lion.

5) The sun.

6) Viṣṇu.

7) The kidney-bean. -m., n.

1) Grass.

2) A quarter, region.

3) A quarter or point of the compass; प्रायात् प्रतीचीं हरितं वचिन्वंश्च ततस्ततः (prāyāt pratīcīṃ haritaṃ vacinvaṃśca tatastataḥ) Rām.7.75.1; R.3.3.

4) Turmeric (usually f. only in the last 3 senses).

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

Harit (हरित्).—mfn. (-rit) 1. Green, of a green colour. 2. Yellowish. m. (-rit) 1. Green, (the colour.) 2. A swift horse. 3. A horse of the sun. 4. Kidney-bean, (Phaseolus mungo.) 5. A lion. 6. The sun. 7. Vishnu. mn. (-rit) Grass. f. (-rit) 1. A quarter or region, a point of the compass. 2. Turmeric. E. hṛ to take, Unadi aff. iti .

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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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