Kathi, Kāṭhī: 6 definitions



Kathi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Kathi or Surikai refers to one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—Kathi is a short knife. It is also called as surikai.

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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.

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India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: A translation of Jhaverchand Meghanis non translated folk tales

Kathi refers to “A caste of Rajput is known as Kathi. As they are physically strong they are known as Kathi”.—It is defined in the glossary attached to the study dealing with Gujarat Folk tales composed by Gujarati poet Jhaverchand Meghani (1896-1947)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kāṭhī (काठी).—f (kāṣṭa S) The stalk, stem, or trunk of a plant. 2 A staff, rod, pole, wand, stick gen.; a flagstaff, a walking stick, the mast or the yard of a ship or boat &c. 3 A blow with a stick. v māra. 4 A land measure,--five cubits and five handbreadths, 1&2044;20th of pāṇḍa or 1&2044;400th of bighā: also the measuring rod. 5 (or śarīrācī kāṭhī) The frame or structure of the body: also (viewed by some as arising from the preceding sense, Measuring rod) stature. 6 Membrum equinum. ēkā kāṭhīnēṃ hākaṇēṃ To heap promiscuously together; to treat of or view as similar or equal (particulars differing one from another). kāṭhī ṭākaṇēṃ To throw up his mahārakī or office--a village-Mahar. kāṭhī ṭēkaṇēṃ To walk using a stick. kāṭhī śikharāsa lāgaṇēṃ (At jatras the flagstaffs of the several mānakarī are inclined against the pinnacle of the temple, in token of paying one's respects to the idol.) Hence To attain the object or aim of one's life, or of some earnest endeavors. 2 To be arrived at the close of earthly existence. kāṭhīnēṃ pāṇī śimpaṇēṃ (To sprinkle water with a stick.) To (expect to) perform a business or work by telling and charging others (whilst putting not one's own hand). kāṭhīnēṃ pāṇī śivaṇēṃ (To touch water with a stick.) To perform or do scantily, poorly, listlessly, reservedly &c. kāṭhīnēṃ pāṇī hāṭalēṃ tarīṃ dōna ṭhikāṇīṃ hōta nāhīṃ Expressive of a close and strong friendship or attachment. kāṭhīlā sōnēṃ bāndhūna cālāvēṃ Expressive of great security and safety. kāṭhīvara kāmbaḷā ghēṇēṃ or ghālaṇēṃ (To free one's body from the embarrassment of the kāmbaḷā; to strip.) To start up or stand out ready (to quarrel or for other evil work).

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

kāṭhī (काठी).—f The stalk, stem or trunk of a plant. Stick. A land measure. Stature, the frame or structure of the body. A staff or pole. kāṭhī ṭēṅkaṇēṃ Walk, using a stick.

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

1) Kaṭhī (कठी):—[from kaṭha] f. a female pupil or follower of Kaṭha [commentator or commentary] on [Pāṇini]

2) [v.s. ...] the wife of a Brāhman, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Kāṭhī (काठी):—(nf) a saddle; frame; structure.

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