Jagati, aka: Jagatī; 16 Definition(s)

Introduction

Jagati means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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

Vastushastra (architecture)

Jagatī (जगती).—A type of moulding common to both the prastara (parapet) and adhiṣṭhana (plinth);—The foot or base moulding of a plinth is called a jagatī. (In Northern terminology ‘jagatī’ refers to the platform on which a whole temple may be raised, and the two kinds of usage should not be confused.)

Source: Google Books: Indian Temple Architecture: Form and Transformation

The term Jagatī (जगती) in relation to the temple-architecture or any sacred architecture denotes its base or socle. These Jagatī have been dealt with in the Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra in two chapters (68 and 69). The very opening lines of the first chapter give the highest praise to them:—“These Jagatīs add to the grandeur and the magnificence of the temple, to the beauty and ornamentation of the town. These are the places of congregational gathering and the fittest abodes for the celebrations of festivities and the only refuge for peace and tranquility—both Mukti and Bhukti are simply dancing on them. Aglow with the presence of and the constant communion with gods (these being their very abodes) these are the places where the four goals of life (caturvarga) are attained and fame, longivity and glory are added to doners who built them”.

Source: Digital Library of India: Bharatiya Vastu-sastra volume 1

Jagati (जगती) is the moulding above the upāna. It may be rectilinear in form or it may be moulded in the shape of an inverted lotus (mahāpadma). Jagati is a very prominent moulding of the plinth. The jagati begin to appear from 10th century onwards. The decoration of the early period was mainly scalloping of the lotus petals with upcurled edges carved very distinctly and delicately. Two main types of decorations are noticeable on the jagati.

1) If the jagati is rectilinear, its face is relieved with the figures of animals and birds. The animals found on them are elepahants, lions, bulls and vyālas in squatting, moving, playing and figting postures. Swans are also carved on the jagati.

2) In case of jagati in the shape of mahāpadmas, big lotus petals are scalloped very neatly with double curved and up-curled, pointed tips and edges. These lotus petals are sometimes even smoothened and polished. The petals of the mahāpadma are carved as resting on a flat-brimmed moulding, the front surface of this moulding is sometimes relieved with a brand of jewelled pendants (ratnapaṭṭika)

Source: Shodhganga: Development of temple architecture in Southern Karnataka

Jagatī (जगती, “earth”) refers to an “temple platform”, a common concept found in the ancient Indian “science of architecture” (vāstuvidyā).—Jagatī (literally, ‘earth’) is the platform on which the temple is erected.

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Architecture (1): Early and Classical Architecture
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana

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Jagatī (जगती).—One of the seven horses which draw the chariot of Sūrya. Gāyatrī, Bṛhatī, Uṣṇik, Jagatī, Tṛṣṭubh, Anuṣṭubh and Paṅkti are the seven horses. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Part II, Chapter 8).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Jagatī (जगती).—A metre;1 a horse of sun's chariot;2 with Gāyatri Tṛṣṭub;3 from the face of Brahmā.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 12. 45; XI. 21. 41; Matsya-purāṇa 125. 47; Vāyu-purāṇa 9. 50; 31. 47.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 22. 72; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 8. 5.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 51. 64.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 8. 52; 13. 145.
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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Jagati (जगति) refers to members of the moulding of a pedestal (pīṭha), used in the construction of liṅgas. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Jagati (जगति, “douchine”) refers to a type of moulding commonly used in the construction of an adhiṣṭāna or upapīṭha.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Jagatī (जगती) refers to a class of rhythm-type (chandas) containing twelve syllables in a pāda (‘foot’ or ‘quarter-verse’), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 15. There are twenty-six classes of chandas and out of them arise the various syllabic meters (vṛtta), composed of four pādas, defining the pattern of alternating light and heavy syllables.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Jagatī (जगती) is one of the twenty-six varieties of Sanskrit metres (chandas) mentioned in the Chandaśśāstra 1.15-19. There are 26 Vedic metres starting with 1 to 26 letters in each pāda. It is a common belief that the classical metres are developed from these 26 metres. Generally a metre has a specific name according to it’s number of syllables (akṣara). But sometimes the same stanza is called by the name of another metre from the point of view of the pādas.

Jagatī is one of the seven prominent metres mentioned by Piṅgala as being associated with the Devatā (deity): Viśvadeva, Svara (note): Niṣāda, Colour: pure white and Gotra (family): Vasiṣṭha.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Jagatī (जगती) refers to “earth” and is mentioned in a list of 53 synonyms for dharaṇi (“earth”), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia).  The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil [viz., Jagatī], mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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jagati : (f.) the earth; the world.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Jagatī, (f.) (see jagat) only in cpds. as jagati°:

—ppadesa a spot in the world Dh. 127=PvA. 104; —ruha earth grown, i.e. a tree J. I, 216. (Page 277)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

jagatī (जगती).—f S The world; the inhabited earth. Ex. kimpaḷatāṃ saralī avaghī jagatī ||. 2 People, folk, mankind. 3 A sort of metre.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

jagatī (जगती).—f The world; mankind.

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

Jagatī (जगती).—

1) The earth; (samīhate) नयेन जेतुं जगतीं सुयोधनः (nayena jetuṃ jagatīṃ suyodhanaḥ) Ki.1.7; समतीत्य भाति जगती जगती (samatītya bhāti jagatī jagatī) 5.2.

2) People, mankind.

3) A cow.

4) The site of a house.

5) A field planted with jambu.

6) A kind of metre (see App.).

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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