Kataksha, Kaṭākṣa, Kata-aksha: 15 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Kaṭākṣa can be transliterated into English as Kataksa or Kataksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Kataksh.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष) refers to “instinctive gestures of side-glances”, exhibited by Sandhyā after being hit by Kāma’s arrows, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.3. Accordingly, as Brahmā said:—“[...] When on seeing her [viz., Sandhyā], my vital elements became displaced, forty-nine animal instincts Bhāvas came, out of my body. She too began to manifest the instinctive gestures of side-glances (kaṭākṣa), pretences of concealing feelings etc. as a result of being hit by Kāma’s arrows when she was being stared at by them. Profusely exhibiting these emotions, the naturally beautiful Sandhyā shone brilliantly like the celestial river producing gentle ripples”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष) refers to a “sideways glance”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “This world totters to the limit of the world of Brahmā with the fear of the beginning of a frown [com.bhrū-kaṭākṣa-bhīta—‘the fear of a sideways glance with the brow’], and mountains immediately fall asunder by force of [the fact that] the earth is overcome by the weight of the heavy feet, of those heroes who are all led to death by the king of time in [the space of] some days. Nevertheless, desire is intense only in a living being who is bereft of sense”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष).—m (S) A leer, side-glance, oblique view. 2 fig. Secret drift; covert aim; point, bearing, leaning (of a speech &c.) 3 Looks of displeasure and anger. 4 Hardiness, capability of enduring fatigue and privations. Ex. upōṣaṇa karāyāsa śarīrāsa ka0 pāhijē.

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kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष).—a S Hardy, tough, enduring--the body or a person.

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

kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष).—m A leer, sidge-glance, oblique view. Fig. Looks of displeasure or anger. Secret drift. Hardiness.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष).—a glance, a side-long look, leer; गाढं निखात इव मे हृदये कटाक्षः (gāḍhaṃ nikhāta iva me hṛdaye kaṭākṣaḥ) Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 1.29; also 25, 28; Me. 37. °मुष्ट (muṣṭa) a. caught by a glance. °विशिखः (viśikhaḥ) an arrow-like look of love.

Derivable forms: kaṭākṣaḥ (कटाक्षः).

Kaṭākṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kaṭa and akṣa (अक्ष).

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

Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष).—m.

(-kṣaḥ) A leer, a glance or side look. E. kaṭ to go, and akṣi the eye.

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

Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष).—i. e. kaṭa-akṣa, m. A side-look, Mahābhārata 1, 3009; an amorous look, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 190, 12.

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

Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष).—[masculine] a sidelong glance.

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

1) Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष):—[from kaṭa > kaṭ] m. a glance or side look, a leer, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Meghadūta] etc.

2) Kāṭākṣa (काटाक्ष):—mn. (?) (cf. kāṭa), a sort of vessel for holding liquid, [Kāṭhaka xl, 4].

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

Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष):—[kaṭā-kṣa] (kṣaḥ) 1. m. A leer, a glance.

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

Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Kaḍakkha.

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Kataksha 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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Kaṭākṣa (कटाक्ष) [Also spelled kataksh]:—(nf) a side-glance, ogling; leer, taunt, taunting remark;—[karanā] to make a taunting/oblique remark.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kaṭākṣa (ಕಟಾಕ್ಷ):—

1) [noun] the act of seeing from the corner of one’s eye.

2) [noun] the outer corner of the eye.

3) [noun] a favourable, compassionate or biased look; a glance of goodwill or favour.

4) [noun] (dance.) a glance of the heroine expressing love for her lover.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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