Jyotishcakra, Jyotiścakra, Jyotis-cakra, Jyotikcakra: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Jyotiścakra can be transliterated into English as Jyotiscakra or Jyotishcakra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Jyotishchakra.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Jyotiścakra (ज्योतिश्चक्र) refers to the “solar cycle”, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.14.—Accordingly, “[...] the lord made the sun etc. who are His own manifestations and are firmly established in the solar cycle (Jyotiścakra) the lords of the different days. Their worship in their respective days accords the respective benefits viz:—health, riches, removal of sickness, nourishment, longevity. enjoyment of pleasures and prevention of death respectively. It is said that the respective merits of the different days are secured through the gratification of the gods. Śiva is the ultimate bestower of the fruits accruing from the worship of other gods as well”.

Note: Jyotiścakra or Śiṃśumāra-cakra refers to the system of stars, planets and constellations conceived of as a cakra rotating like the Potter’s wheel. The vast space is an ocean in which the stars are arranged like the body of a giant alligator. The imagery of the wheel implies a fixed centre to which the whole system of moving stars is secured by certain pulls, spoken of as winds (Vāta) in physical form but actually invisible forces exercised by the centre on the peripheral stars.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jyotiścakra (ज्योतिश्चक्र).—the zodiac.

Derivable forms: jyotiścakram (ज्योतिश्चक्रम्).

Jyotiścakra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jyotis and cakra (चक्र).

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

Jyotiścakra (ज्योतिश्चक्र).—n.

(-kraṃ) 1. The zodiac. 2. The lunar mansion. E. jyotis, planet, and cakra a sphere.

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

1) Jyotiścakra (ज्योतिश्चक्र):—[=jyotiś-cakra] [from jyotiś > jyut] n. ‘luminary circle’, the zodiac, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] GarP, [Liṅga-purāṇa; Tithyāditya]

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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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