Kattika, Kattikā: 3 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Name of a constellation and also of a month (October to November), during which the full moon is near the constellation of Pleiades (kattika).

It is the last month of the rainy season (See, e.g., Netti.143. For details see N.P.D. s.v.).

The full moon day of the month was observed as a festival and great rejoicings were held, particularly at night. E.g., J.i.433; 499, 508.

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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).

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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kattikā : (f.) the constellation of Pleiades.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Kattikā, (f.) (& °kattika) (cp. Sk. kṛttikā f. pl. the Pleiades & BSk. karthika) N. of a month (Oct. -Nov.), during which the full moon is near the constellation of Pleiades. It is the last month of the rainy season, terminating on the full moon day of Kattikā (kattika-puṇṇamā). This season is divided into 5 months: Āsāḷha, Sāvaṇa, Bhaddara (Poṭṭhapāda), Assayuja, Kattikā; the month Assayuja is also called pubba-kattikā, whereas the fifth, K. , is also known as pacchima-kattikā; both are comprised in the term k. -dvemāsika. Bhikkhus retiring for the first 3 months of the Vassa (rainy season) are kattika-temāsikā, if they include the 4th, they are k. -cātumāsikā. The full moon of Assayuja is termed k. -temāsinī; that of Kattika is k. -cātumāsinī. See Vinaya passages & cp. nakkhatta.—Nett 143 (kattiko, v. l. kattikā).

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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.

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