Hastin: 13 definitions



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

Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna

Hastin (हस्तिन्) falls under the category of wild beasts (āraṇya-paśu) according to the Vāyu Purāṇa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Hastin (हस्तिन्).—A son of Bṛhadkṣatra, (Suhotra, Vāyu-purāṇa). After him came Hastināpura.1 Father of Ajāmīḍha and two other sons.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 21. 20-21; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 165; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 28; Matsya-purāṇa 49. 42.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 29.

1b) A son of Vasiṣṭha and a Prajāpati of the Svārociṣa epoch.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 9. 9.
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra

Hastin (हस्तिन्).—Description of a women of elephant (hastin) type;—A woman who has a large chin and forehead, is fleshy and bulky, has tawny eyes, hairy body, is fond of sweet scent, garlands and wine, has an irascible temper, steady energy, loves water, garden, forests, sweet things and sexual intercourse, is said to have the nature of an elephant (hastin).

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: archive.org: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Hastin (हस्तिन्) or Hastinikṣīra refers to “milk coming from the elephant”, as mentioned in verse 5.27-28 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] among the (different kinds of milk [viz., payas]), [...] (the milk) of a cow-elephant [viz., hastin] (is) strongly generative of firmness”.

Note: hastinyāḥ—“of a cow-elephant [hastin]”, to which kṣīra “milk” must be supplied from the context, has been made the agent in Tibetan (lit. “by a cow-elephant one is made very firm”), ban-glaṅ-mo-yis being of course a metonymy for ban-glaṅ-moi o-mas.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Hastin (हस्तिन्) refers to “elephants” and is mentioned among the “material benefits” granted by the Bodhisattva, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVI.—Accordingly, “vehicles (yāna), i.e., elephants (hastin), horses (aśva), chariots (ratha), carriages (śakaṭa), etc.”

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Hastin.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘eight’. Note: hastin 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hastin (हस्तिन्).—a. (- f.) [हस्तः शुण्डादण्डोऽस्त्यस्य इनि (hastaḥ śuṇḍādaṇḍo'styasya ini)]

1) Having hands.

2) Having a trunk. -m. An elephant; Ms.7. 96;12.43; (elephants are said to be of four kinds; bhadra, mandra, mṛga and miśra).

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

Hastin (हस्तिन्).—m. (-stī) An elephant, (four kinds of elephants are enumerated, viz:—bhadra, manda, mṛga and miśra.) f. (-nī) 1. A female elephant. 2. A female; one of the four kinds into which they are classed, and described as of low stature, curpulent habits, curly hair, dark complexion, libidinous appetite, thick lips, thick hips, thick fingers, large breasts and furious passions. 3. A drug and perfume; also haṭṭavilāsinī. f. (-nī) Adj. 1. Having hands. 2. Having a trunk. E. hasta a trunk, and ini aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Hastin (हस्तिन्).—i.e. hasta + in, I. m. An elephant, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 17, M.M. Ii. f. . 1. A female elephant. 2. A class of women. 3. A drug and perfume.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Hastin (हस्तिन्).—[adjective] = hastavant; [masculine] (±mṛga) elephant ([feminine] ), [Name] of an ancient king.

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

1) Hastin (हस्तिन्):—[from hasta] mfn. having hands, clever or dexterous with the h°, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda]

2) [v.s. ...] (with mṛga, ‘the animal with a h° id est. with a trunk’, an elephant; cf. dantah), [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] having (or sitting on) an el°, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] m. an elephant (four kinds of el° are enumerated; See bhadra, mandra, mṛga, miśtra; some give kiliñja-h, ‘a straw el°’, ‘effigy of an el° made of grass’), [Atharva-veda] etc. etc.

5) [v.s. ...] (ifc.) the chief or best of its kind [gana] vyāghrādi

6) [v.s. ...] a kind of plant (= aja-modā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of a son of Dhṛta-rāṣṭra, [Mahābhārata]

8) [v.s. ...] of a son of Suhotra, (a prince of the Lunar race, described as founder of Hastinā-pura), [ib.; Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

9) [v.s. ...] of a son of Bṛhat-kṣatra, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

10) [v.s. ...] of a son of Kuru, [Śatruṃjaya-māhātmya]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Hastin (हस्तिन्):—(stī) 5. m. An elephant. f. () Idem; kind of woman; a drug and perfume.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Hastin (हस्तिन्):—

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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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