Kataka, aka: Kaṭaka; 14 Definition(s)
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
1) Kaṭaka (कटक).—Viṣṇu.*
- * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 15. 13.
2) Kataka (कतक).—A tribe conquered by Kalki.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 31. 84.
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.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
Kaṭaka (कटक) refers to a kind of ornament (ābharaṇa) for the fingers (aṅguli) to be worn by males, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. Such ornaments for males should be used in cases of gods and kings.
Kaṭaka (कटक) also refers to an ornament (ābharaṇa) for the fore-arm (bāhu) to be worn by females.
Kaṭaka (कटक) also refers to a type of ornament (ābharaṇa) for the ankles (gulpha) to be worn by females. Kaṭakas are hollow bangles within which small stone chips are lodged. Such ornaments for females should be used in cases of human females and celestial beings (gods and goddesses).
Ābharaṇa (‘ornaments’, eg., kaṭaka) is a category of alaṃkāra, or “decorations”, which in turn is a category of nepathya, or “costumes and make-up”, the perfection of which forms the main concern of the Āhāryābhinaya, or “extraneous representation”, a critical component for a successful dramatic play.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).
Ayurveda (science of life)
Kaṭaka (कटक) refers to the “middle part” of a mountain (giri) 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, mountains [viz., Kaṭaka], jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.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.
Kaṭaka (कटक) or Kaṭakahasta refers to “crab-hold” and represents one of the twenty-four gestures with a single hand, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—Accordingly, pratimā-lakṣaṇa (body postures of the icons) is comprised of hand gestures (hasta, mudrā or kai-amaiti), stances/poses (āsanas) and inflexions of the body (bhaṅgas). There are thirty-two types of hands [viz., kaṭaka-hasta] classified into two major groups known as tolirkai (functional and expressive gestures) and elirkai (graceful posture of the hand).Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
A village in Ceylon granted by Aggabodhi IV. for the maintenance of the padhanaghara, which he built for the Elder Dathasiva. Cv.xlvi.12.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
India history and geogprahy
Kaṭaka (कटक) refers to a name-ending for place-names mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions (reigned from 3rd century CE). Kaṭaka is formed from the root √kaṭ to surround, to encompass, to cover and means a “royal camp”.
There is only one such place-name with the suffix “Kaṭaka”: Gupta inscription No. 29, L. 12, but the first part is not clearly legible. Sircar takes it to be bhrātṛ but does not seem to be correct as it yields nosense with the word Kaṭaka. The donated land is mentioned to have been given to the Chandoga (Sāmavedin) brāhmaṇa Varāha-svāmin, an inhabitant of this Kaṭaka.Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
Kaṭaka.—(EI 8, 17), the camp or capital. (SITI), a fortified place; a cantonment; a military camp. Cf. kaṭakaṃ kartavyam (LP), ‘an army should be sent [against one]’. Note: kaṭaka 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
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.
Languages of India and abroad
kaṭaka : (nt.) 1. a bracelet; 2. a rocky cave.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Kaṭaka, (m. nt.) anything circular, a ring, a wheel (thus in kara° Vin. II, 122); a bracelet PvA. 134. (Page 176)
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Kataka, (nt.) (fr. kantati2) a scrubber, used after a bath Vin. II, 129, 143; cp. Vin. Texts II. 318. (Page 182)Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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.
kaṭaka (कटक).—n S An army. Ex. ēkā praharānta vīsa kōsa || nalēṃ ka0 dūra vanīṃ || 2 A bracelet of gold, shell &c.
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kataka (कतक).—m S Clearing nut plant, Strychnos potatorum.
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kāṭaka (काटक).—m A description of people or an individual of it in the Carnatic, very savage and blood-thirsty. Hence applied to cut-throat people gen.
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kāṭaka (काटक).—a Hardy; the body: also hardworking--a person.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
kaṭaka (कटक).—n An army. A bracelet of gold.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
Kaṭaka (कटक).—1 A bracelet of gold; कटकाकृतिमुपमृद्य स्वस्तिकः क्रियन्ते (kaṭakākṛtimupamṛdya svastikaḥ kriyante) Mbh. on I.1.1. आबद्धहेमकटकां रहसि स्मरामि (ābaddhahemakaṭakāṃ rahasi smarāmi) Ch. P.15; Śi.16.77; कटकान्यूर्मिकाश्चापि चित्ररत्न- चयाङ्किताः (kaṭakānyūrmikāścāpi citraratna- cayāṅkitāḥ) Śiva. B.17.44.
2) A zone or girdle.
3) A string.
4) The link of a chain.
5) A mat.
7) The side or ridge of a mountain; प्रफुल्लवृक्षैः कटकैरिव स्वैः (praphullavṛkṣaiḥ kaṭakairiva svaiḥ) Ku.7.52; R.16.31.
8) Table-land; स्फटिककटकभूमिर्नाटयत्येष शैलः (sphaṭikakaṭakabhūmirnāṭayatyeṣa śailaḥ) Śi.4.65.
9) An army, a camp; आकुल्यकारि कटकस्तुरगेण तूर्णम् (ākulyakāri kaṭakasturageṇa tūrṇam) Śi.5.59; Mu.5.
1) A royal capital or metropolis (rājadhānī).
11) A house or dwelling.
12) A circle or wheel.
13) A ring placed as an ornament upon an elephant's tusk.
14) Name of the capital of Orissa.
Derivable forms: kaṭakaḥ (कटकः), kaṭakam (कटकम्).
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Kataka (कतक).—[kaṃ jalaṃ śuddhaṃ tanoti tan -ḍa Tv.] The clearing-nut plant, (Mar. nivaḷī) (the nut of which is said to clear muddy water); फलं कतकवृक्षस्य यद्यप्यम्वु- प्रसादनम् । न नामग्रहणादेव तस्य वारि प्रसीदति (phalaṃ katakavṛkṣasya yadyapyamvu- prasādanam | na nāmagrahaṇādeva tasya vāri prasīdati) || Ms.6.67.
-tam, -takam The nut of this tree, see अम्बुप्रसादन (ambuprasādana) also.
Derivable forms: katakaḥ (कतकः).
See also (synonyms): kata.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Kaṭaka (कटक).—(nt.? compare -kāṭaka, for which Mvy Index suggests reading kaṭaka), a kind of fetter or bond, pre- sumably in form of a ring: Gv 353.12 (sattvān nānā-haḍi-)- nigaḍa-kaṭaka-kuṇḍala-(q.v.)-śrṅkhalā-khalīna-bandhana- baddhān.
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Kāṭaka (काटक).—(-kāṭaka), nt., in pātra-kāṭakam Mvy 8952, ring or which the almsbowl is fastened, = Tibetan lhuṅ gzed (bzed gzhag paḥi gdu bu, ring for putting almsbowl. BR cite the passage with kaṭaka (as in Sanskrit and Pali), but Mironov also kā°; no v.l. in either ed. (but Index to Kyoto ed. cites both forms). However a form found with the same meaning in Divy and Av is -karaka or -kara, qq.v. On the other hand, Divy likewise has a form kaṇṭaka, q.v., clearly meaning the same thing, which raises doubts as to the etym. Cf. kaṭaka.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
(-kaḥ-kaṃ) 1. The side or ridge of a hill or mountain. 2. Table land. 3. Sea-salt. 4. A ring placed as an ornament upon an elephant’s tusk. 5. A bracelet of gold, shell, &c. 6. A zone. 7. A royal metropolis. 8. A city or town. 9. A village. 10. A house or dwelling. 11. A camp. 12. An army. 13. A circle. 14. A wheel. E. kaṭa to encompass, kan Unadi aff.
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(-kaḥ) The clearing nut plant, (Strychnos potatorum:) one of the seeds of this plant being rubbed upon the inside of the water jars used in Bengal, occasions a precipitation of the earthy particles diffused through the water.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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