Kanishthika, Kaniṣṭhikā, Kāniṣṭhika, Kāniṣṭhikā: 10 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Kaniṣṭhikā and Kāniṣṭhika and Kāniṣṭhikā can be transliterated into English as Kanisthika or Kanishthika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (architecture)

Kaniṣṭhikā (कनिष्ठिका) refers to the “little toe”, according to the Devyāmata (in the section śalyoddhāra-paṭala or “excavation of extraneous substances”).—Accordingly, “[...] If [someone] scratches his toe, [the officiant] should prognosticate a foot of a horse [beneath the site]. It exists at a depth of one and a half vitastis. There is no doubt regarding this. If [someone] scratches his little toe (kaniṣṭhikākaniṣṭhikāyāṃ kaṇḍūya), [the officiant] should prognosticate a piece of bell-metal [beneath] the spot. That [extraneous thing] exists [at a depth of] eight digits [underground]. There is no doubt about it. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kaniṣṭhikā (कनिष्ठिका).—f S The little finger.

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

kaniṣṭhikā (कनिष्ठिका).—f The little finger.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kanishthika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kāniṣṭhika (कानिष्ठिक) or Kāniṣṭhikā (कानिष्ठिका).—The little finger; Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.127.8.

Derivable forms: kāniṣṭhikam (कानिष्ठिकम्).

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

Kaniṣṭhikā (कनिष्ठिका).—i. e. kaṇiṣṭha + ka, f. The little finger, Mahābhārata 13, 5059.

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

1) Kaniṣṭhikā (कनिष्ठिका):—[from kaniṣṭhaka > kana] f. the little finger (aṅguli), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] subjection, obedience, service, [Vcāṇ.]

3) Kāniṣṭhika (कानिष्ठिक):—mfn. ([from] kaniṣṭhikā) [gana] śarkarādi.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Kaniṣṭhikā (कनिष्ठिका) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Kaṇillikā.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kanishthika in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kanishthika in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Kaniṣṭhikā (कनिष्ठिका):—(nf) the little finger.

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