Koshtha, aka: Koṣṭha; 9 Definition(s)


Koshtha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Koṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Kostha or Koshtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Koṣṭha (कोष्ठ) refers to “the bowel” or “the viscera”. The term is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhitā. Koṣṭha is said to be one of the three “pathways of diseases” (rogamārga).

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Koṣṭha (कोष्ठ) is a Sanskrit technical term denoting a “residence” in general, according to the lists of synonyms given in the Mānasāra XIX.108-12, which is a populair treatise on Vāstuśāstra literature.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Koṣṭha (कोष्ठ, “search”) refers to “search-intellect” and represents one of the eighteen types of extraordinary intellect (buddhi), which itself is a subclass of the eight ṛddhis (extraordinary powers). These powers can be obtained by the Ārya (civilized people) in order to produce worldly miracles. The Āryas represent one of the two classes of human beings according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.46, the other being Mleccha (barbarians).

What is meant by extraordinary store intellect (koṣṭha-buddhi-riddhi)? The intellect which can extract any quotes /aphorism from different scriptures when required is called super natural search-intellect. To understand this it is like the capability to take out something from the storehouse having a vast variety of goods.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds
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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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India history and geogprahy

Koṣṭha.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘four’. Cf. koṣṭhaka. Note: koṣṭha 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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kōṣṭha (कोष्ठ).—m S The stomach. 2 A granary. 3 An apartment.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kōṣṭha (कोष्ठ).—m The stomach. A granary. An apartment.

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

Koṣṭha (कोष्ठ).—a. [kuṣ-than Uṇ.2.4] Own.

-ṣṭhaḥ 1 Any one of the viscera of the body, such as the heart, lungs &c.

2) The belly, abdomen; आकोष्ठं ज्यां समुत्कृष्य (ākoṣṭhaṃ jyāṃ samutkṛṣya) Bhāg.1. 83.22.

3) An inner apartment.

4) A granary, storeroom; कन्दुः कोष्ठः कुशूलः (kanduḥ koṣṭhaḥ kuśūlaḥ) Mbh. on P.I.2.45. etc.

-ṣṭham 1 A surrounding wall; Bhāg.4.28.56.

2) The shell of anything.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Koṣṭha (कोष्ठ).—(ka) , see caraṇa-, dvāra-k°.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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. 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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