Hasti, Hastī: 14 definitions


Hasti means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Hastī (हस्ती):—Son of Bṛhatkṣatra (one of the five sons of Manyu, who was the son of Vitatha (another name for Bharadvāja)). He established the city of Hastināpura (New Delhi). He had three sons, named Ajamīḍha, Dvimīḍha and Purumīḍha. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.21.1, 9.21.19-20)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Hasti (हस्ति).—A King born in the lunar dynasty. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 94 Verse 58).

2) Hasti (हस्ति).—Another king of the lunar dynasty. His father was Suhotra and mother Suvarṇā, who belonged to the Ikṣvāku dynasty. This Hasti married Yaśodharā, daughter of King Trigarta, and a son called Vikaṇṭha was born to them. Hastināpura was the city newly built by Hasti. (Ādi Parva Chapter 95, Verse 34).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Hasti (हस्ति).—Is Nāga; a line of Krodhāvaśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 349; 8. 70.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Hastī (हस्ती) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.89.51) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Hastī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Hasti (हस्ति) refers to “elephants”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “Then the Bodhisattva Apāyajaha addressed himself to the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja: ‘Son of good family, please pacify three evil existences’. [...] Then, the rain of gifts, such as flowers, garlands, incenses, unguents, aromatic powers, religious robes, parasols, banners, pennons, five kinds of musical instruments, songs, male servants, female servants, wives, boys, girls, female attendants, horses, elephants (hasti), [...] poured down from the open space. [...]”.

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Hasti (हस्ति) refers to the “elephants”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [when the Bhagavān reached the vicinity of the residence of Vaiśravaṇa], “[...] All people, women, men, boys and girls, cattle, horses, mares, buffaloes, elephants (hasti), camels, donkeys and so on became delighted by comfort. That lotus lake had an expansion of two yojanas and [a depth of] a fathom all around in the four directions. [...]”

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Hasti (हस्ति, “elephant”) or Hastiratna refers to the “horse jewel” and represents the third of the “seven jewels of universal monarchs” (saptaratna) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 85). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., hasti). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Shodhganga: A cultural study on the jain western Indian illustrated manuscripts

Hastī (हस्ती, “elephant”).—The first of “fourteen dreams” of Triśalā.—The Elephant stood dignified with four tusks, tall, white like clouds, gigantic like mountain, serene, fortunate, and associated with good fortune.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

hastī (हस्ती).—m (S That has a hand.) An elephant. 2 (Properly hasta. See hattī) The thirteenth lunar mansion.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

hastī (हस्ती).—m An elephant. The 13th lunar mansion.

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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 dictionary

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

Hasti (हस्ति):—[from hasta] in [compound] for hastin

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Hastī (हस्ती):—(nf) existence, being; worth; personage; (nm) an elephant; —[khonā] to lose existence; —[miṭanā] to be ruined, to be forced out of existence; —[honā] to be existent; to be worth reckoning.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Hasti (ಹಸ್ತಿ):—[adjective] having hands or hand-like limbs.

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Hasti (ಹಸ್ತಿ):—

1) [noun] that which has a trunk (the long, flexible snout); an elephant.

2) [noun] (fig.) that which is characterised by or known for its, hugeness, immensity, gigantism, etc.

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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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