Kashtha, aka: Kāṣṭha, Kāṣṭhā; 7 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Kāṣṭha and Kāṣṭhā can be transliterated into English as Kastha or Kashtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Kāṣṭha (काष्ठ) refers to “wood”, representing a material for the seat (āsana), which one should make after taking a bath (snāna), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.13, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] in a clean place washed and smeared with cow-dung (gomaya), the devotee shall take his seat (āsana), O Brahmins. The seat shall be made of wood (kāṣṭha) or a cloth-cover. A seat of diverse colours (citrāsana) is conducive to the achievement of all desires. Or he can have the hide of a deer (mṛgacarma) for a seat. He shall sit on it and apply Tripuṇḍra with the ashes”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation

1) Kāṣṭha (काष्ठ).—A measurement of length and capacity; Yayāti versed in;1 the intervening distance between two kāṣṭhas and the distance between kāṣṭha and lekha, north to south; both the outer and inner circumference in dakṣiṇāyana and uttarāyaṇa2 thirty form a kala.3 Time equal to 15 nimeṣas.4

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 34. 9; 142. 4.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 93; 50. 127, 132 and 133.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 30. 13; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 3. 8; II. 8. 59; VI. 3. 6.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 7. 19; 13. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 169; 57. 6; 70. 15; 93. 72; 100. 214; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 3. 8.

2) Kāṣṭhā (काष्ठा).—One of the Kaśyapa's wives, and mother of quadrupeds with cloven hoofs; a mother goddess.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 25 and 29; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 56; IV. 32. 14.
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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India history and geogprahy

Kāṣṭha.—cf. a-tṛṇa-kāṣṭha-grahaṇa (IE 8-5), fuel or wood which the villagers were obliged to supply to the king or landlord on occasions or to the touring officers. See also devakuṭī-kāṣṭha. Note: kāṣṭha is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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kāṣṭha (काष्ठ).—n (S) Wood. 2 fig. A lean or lank person, a mere stick. kāṣṭha vaḷaṇēṃ or hōṇēṃ g. of s. To pine away; to become lank and meagre.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kāṣṭha (काष्ठ).—n Wood. Fig. A lean person.

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

Kāṣṭha (काष्ठ).—[kāś-kthan Uṇ2.2]

1) A piece of wood, especially one used as fuel; Ms.4.49,241;5.69.

2) Wood or timber, a piece or log of wood in general; यथा काष्ठं च काष्ठं च समेयातां महोदधौ (yathā kāṣṭhaṃ ca kāṣṭhaṃ ca sameyātāṃ mahodadhau) H.4.69; Ms.4.4.

3) A stick; शोणितेन विना दुःखं कुर्वन् काष्ठादिभिर्नरः (śoṇitena vinā duḥkhaṃ kurvan kāṣṭhādibhirnaraḥ) Y.2.218.

4) An instrument for measuring length.

Derivable forms: kāṣṭham (काष्ठम्).

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Kāṣṭhā (काष्ठा).—1 A quarter or region of the world, direction, region; काष्ठा (kāṣṭhā) (diśa) मुदीचीमिव तिग्मरश्मिः (mudīcīmiva tigmaraśmiḥ) (didīpe) Ki.3.55; cf. also पर्वा तु काष्ठा तिमिरानुलिप्ता (parvā tu kāṣṭhā timirānuliptā) Avimārkam 2.12.

2) A limit, boundary; स्वां काष्ठामधुनोपेते (svāṃ kāṣṭhāmadhunopete) Bhāg.1.1.23; स्वयं विशीर्णद्रुमपर्णवृत्तिता परा हि काष्ठा तपसः (svayaṃ viśīrṇadrumaparṇavṛttitā parā hi kāṣṭhā tapasaḥ) Ku.5.28.

3) The last limit, extremity, pitch, climax, excess; काष्ठा- गतस्नेहरसानुविद्धम् (kāṣṭhā- gatasneharasānuviddham) Ku.3.35.

4) Race ground, course.

5) A mark, goal.

6) The path of the wind and clouds in the atmosphere.

7) A measure of time = A Kalā; शुक्लस्त्वं बहुलस्त्वं च कला काष्ठा त्रुटिस्तथा (śuklastvaṃ bahulastvaṃ ca kalā kāṣṭhā truṭistathā) Mb.1.25.14.

8) Water.

9) The sun.

1) A fixed place of a lunar mansion.

11) Name of a wife of Kaśyapa and daughter of Dakṣa.

12) The yellow colour or the कदम्ब (kadamba) tree; cf. काष्ठा दिक्कालहारिद्रस्थित्युत्कर्षेषु तु स्त्रियाम् (kāṣṭhā dikkālahāridrasthityutkarṣeṣu tu striyām) Nm.

13) A form, form of appearance; काष्ठां भगवतो ध्यायेत्स्वनासाग्रावलोकनः (kāṣṭhāṃ bhagavato dhyāyetsvanāsāgrāvalokanaḥ) Bhāg.3.28.12.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kāṣṭha (काष्ठ).—n.

(-ṣṭhā-ṣṭhaṃ) Wood f. 1. A quarter or region of the world space. tract. 2. Place, site. 3. Limit, boundary. 4. A measure of, time the thirteenth part of a Kala, or eighteen twinkling. of the eye. 5. Excellence, superiority. 6. A plant, (Curcum zanthorhiza, Rox.) E. kāś to shine, Unadi affix kthan changed to ṣa, and tha after ṣa becomes ṭha.

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