Indrapata, Indrapaṭa, Indra-pata: 1 definition



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

Indrapaṭa (इन्द्रपट).—nt., according to [Boehtlingk] 2.294, Luftgewand, so v.a. Nacktheit: °ṭaṃ śvetapaṭaṃ dhyuṣitapaṭaṃ Kāraṇḍavvūha 81.6—7; but can indra- have this meaning (= sky, air, as in digambara)? I find no basis for the theory. All the context shows is that persons dressed in these garbs should not be con- secrated (dīkṣ). What the garb of Indra (? of a prince) means is not clear. It is true that śveta-paṭa is recorded as used of the Jain sect otherwise called śvetāmbara; doubtless this was the reason for Boehtlingk's conjecture, based on the assumption that this word equals digambara; but I doubt that this is sufficient to support it. That a real sort of cloth is meant is suggested by nānā-paṭeṣu, line 6.

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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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