Jyeshtha, aka: Jyeṣṭha, Jyeṣṭhā; 14 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit terms Jyeṣṭha and Jyeṣṭhā can be transliterated into English as Jyestha or Jyeshtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)
Jyeṣṭha (अनुराधा):—Name for a particular section of the ecliptic. It is also known as Jyeṣṭhanakṣatra. Nakṣatra means “Lunar mansion” and corresponds to a specific region of the sky through which the moon passes each day. Jyeṣṭha means “the eldest, most excellent” and is associated with the deity known as Indra (Chief of the gods). The presiding Lord of this lunar house is Budha (Mercury).
Indian zodiac: |16°40'| – |30° Vṛścika|
Vṛścika (वृश्चिक, “scorpion”) corresponds with Scorpio.
Western zodiac: |12°40'| – |26° Sagittarius|
Sagittarius corresponds with Dhanuṣa (धनुष, “bow”).
Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
Jyeṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ, “large”) refers to one of the three sizes of playhouse (nāṭyamaṇḍapa) used, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 2.8-11. This size is stated to be meant for Gods (the other sizes being meant for kings or humans). The measurement of the jyeṣṭha type playhouse is stated to count 108 hastas (also translated as ‘cubit’; one hasta equals 24 aṅgulas). They can also be measured using the same amount of daṇḍas (one daṇḍa equals 4 hastas).Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Jyeṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ, “elder one”) refers to one of the fifty-six vināyakas located at Kāśī (Vārāṇasī), and forms part of a sacred pilgrimage (yātrā), described in the Kāśīkhaṇḍa (Skanda-purāṇa 4.2.57). He is also known as Jyeṣṭhavināyaka, Jyeṣṭhagaṇeśa and Jyeṣṭhavighneśa. These fifty-six vināyakas are positioned at the eight cardinal points in seven concentric circles (8x7). They center around a deity named Ḍhuṇḍhirāja (or Ḍhuṇḍhi-vināyaka) positioned near the Viśvanātha temple, which lies at the heart of Kāśī, near the Gaṅges. This arrangement symbolises the interconnecting relationship of the macrocosmos, the mesocosmos and the microcosmos.
Jyeṣṭha is positioned in the North-Western corner of the fifth circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “Kashipura, Jyestheshvara, J 62 / 144”. Worshippers of Jyeṣṭha will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the boon-giver for male baby and wealth”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.19040, Lon. 83.00642 (or, 25°11'25.4"N, 83°00'23.1"E) (Google maps)
Kāśī (Vārāṇasī) is a holy city in India and represents the personified form of the universe deluded by the Māyā of Viṣṇu. It is described as a fascinating city which is beyond the range of vision of Giriśa (Śiva) having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.
Jyeṣṭha, and the other vināyakas, are described in the Skandapurāṇa (the largest of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas). This book narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is composed of over 81,000 metrical verses with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purāṇa
Jyeṣṭhā (ज्येष्ठा) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Jyeṣṭhā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”
The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa
1) Jyeṣṭhā (ज्येष्ठा).—A deity of inauspicious things. In Kamba Rāmāyaṇa, Yuddha Kāṇḍa, it is observed that Jyeṣṭhā was a goddess obtained by churning the Sea of Milk. As soon as she came up from the sea of Milk, the Trimūrtis (Viṣṇu, Brahmā and Śiva) found her and sent her away ordering her to sit in inauspicious places. The Goddess Jyeṣṭhā came out of the Milk-Sea before the goddess Lakṣmī. So this deity is considered the elder sister of Lakṣmī. As she is the elder she is also called Mūdhevī (Mūdevī). The mode of worshipping this goddess is given in Bodhāyana Sūtra. Tondiraṭipotiālvār, who was a Vaiṣṇava Ālvār, who lived in 7th century A.D. said that it was useless to worship this Goddess. Ancient images of this Goddess have been found. But worship of Jyeṣṭhā was completely discontinued after the 10th century.
In Śaiva Purāṇas it is mentioned that this Goddess is one of the eight portions of Parāśakti. It was believed that the powers of this Goddess regulated human lives in various ways.
2) Jyeṣṭhā (ज्येष्ठा).—A star. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 64, Stanza 24 that if Brāhmaṇas are given greens on the day of this star it will bring good to the giver.
3) Jyeṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ).—A hermit who was well-versed in the Sāma-Veda. This ancient hermit once received valuable advice from the Sātvatas called Barhiṣads. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, Chapter 348, Stanza 46).Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
1) Jyeṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ).—One of the 20 Amitābha gaṇas.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 17.
2b) An evil spirit.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 6. 28; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 19. 73.
2c) A mind-born mother.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 20.
2d) Prajāpatis born of Brahmā's ears.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 58.
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.
Jyeṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ) refers to the eighteenth of twenty-seven constellations (ṛkṣa), according to the Mānasāra. Ṛkṣa is the third of the āyādiṣaḍvarga, or “six principles” that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.
The particular nakṣatra, also known as ṛkṣa (eg., jyeṣṭha) of all architectural and iconographic objects (settlement, building, image) must be calculated and ascertained. This process is based on the principle of the remainder. An arithmetical formula to be used in each case is stipulated, which engages one of the basic dimensions of the object (breadth, length, or perimeter/circumference). In the context of village planning and measurement, the text sates that among the stars (ṛkṣa), the ones that are pūrṇa (odd), are auspicious and the ones that are karṇa (even), inauspicious.Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)
Jyeṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ) or Jyeṣṭhatantra refers to one of the twenty-three Vāmatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Jyeṣṭha-tantra belonging to the Vāma class.Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
Ayurveda (science of life)
Jyeṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ) is the first month of the “summer season” (nidagha) in the traditional Indian calendar, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The physician (bhiṣaj) should pay attention to the seasonal (ṛtu) factor in the use of medicinal drugs. Accordingly, “the bulbous roots in winter season (viz., Jyeṣṭha), other roots in cold season and flowers during spring season are supposed to contain better properties. The new leaves or shoots in summer and the drugs, which grow in mud, like Lotus etc., should be used in autumn season”.Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Jyeṣṭhā (ज्येष्ठा, ‘eldest’) is the name of the constellation σ, α, and τ Scorpionis, of which the central star, α, is the brilliant reddish Antares (or Cor Scorpionis).Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Jyeṣṭhā (ज्येष्ठा) refers to one of the twenty-seven constellations (nakṣatra) according to according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Jyeṣṭhā is the Sanskrit equivalent of Chinese Sin, Tibetan Snron and modern Scorpionis.
Jyeṣṭhā is classified in the fourth group: “The moon revolves around the earth in 28 days. If the moon enters one of the nine following constellations (eg., Jyeṣṭhā), then at that moment the earth trembles as if it would collapse and this trembling extends as far as Devendra. Then peace (yogakṣema) is plentiful, rain favors the growth of the five grains, the emperor is kind (śiva), the great ministers are virtuous and everyone is peaceful”.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
Languages of India and abroad
jyēṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ).—m (S) The third month of the Hindu year, May-June,
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jyēṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ).—a (S) Elder. 2 S Best, most excellent, preeminent.
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jyēṣṭhā (ज्येष्ठा).—f (S) The eighteenth of the lunar mansions.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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.
Jyeṣṭha (ज्येष्ठ).—a. (Superl. of praśasya or vṛddha)
1) Eldest, most senior.
2) Most excellent, best.
3) Pre-eminent, first, chief, highest.
-ṣṭhaḥ 1 An elder brother; R.12.19,35.
2) An epithet of the Supreme Being.
4) N. a lunar month (= jyaiṣṭha q. v.).
-ṣṭhā 1 An eldest sister.
2) Name of the eighteenth lunar mansion (consisting of the three stars).
3) The middle finger.
4) A small house-lizard.
5) An epithet of the Ganges.
6) The goddess of misfortune, elder sister of Lakṣmī; ज्येष्ठा च माया कलहश्च दम्भः (jyeṣṭhā ca māyā kalahaśca dambhaḥ) Bhāg.1.17.32.
-ṣṭhī A small houselizard.
-ṣṭham 1 The most excellent, the first or head.
2) Tin.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-ṣṭhaḥ-ṣṭhā-ṣṭhī-ṣṭhaṃ) 1. Best, most excellent, pre-eminent. 2. Very old, oldest. 3. most senior Elder, elder born. f.
(-ṣṭhā) 1. One of the aste risms, considered as lunar mansions; the eighteenth, comprising three stars, of which one is a Scorpionis, figured by a ring or earring. 2. The middle finger. 3. Misfortune, personified as a goddess. 4. The Ganges, (-ṣṭhā or ṣṭhī) A small house lizard. m.
(-ṣṭhaḥ) The month Jyeshtha or Jeyte, (May-June.) n.
(-ṣṭhaṃ) Age, oldness. E. jyā to decay, to grow infirm or old, affix iṣṭhan, fem. affixes ṭāp and ṅīṣ.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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