Krittika, aka: Kṛttikā, Kṛttika; 11 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Kṛttikā and Kṛttika can be transliterated into English as Krttika or Krittika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Kṛttikā (भरणी):—Name for a particular section of the ecliptic. It is also known as Kṛttikānakṣatra. Nakṣatra means “Lunar mansion” and corresponds to a specific region of the sky through which the moon passes each day. Kṛttikā means “nurse of Kārttikeya, a son of Śiva” and is associated with the deity known as Agni (God of fire). The presiding Lord of this lunar house is Sūrya (Sun).

Indian zodiac: |26° 40' Meṣa| – |10° Vṛṣabha|
Meṣa (मेष, ‘ram’) corresponds with Aries and Vṛṣabha (वृषभ, ‘bull’) corresponds Taurus

Western zodiac: |22° 40' Taurus| – |6° Gemini|
Taurus corresponds with Vṛṣabha (वृषभ, ‘bull’) and Gemini corresponds with Mithuna (मिथुन, ‘twins’).

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Kṛttikā (कृत्तिका).—The nakṣatra of Kṛttikā. Note: Kṛttikā is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Kṛttikā (कृत्तिका).—When Subrahmaṇya was born the Devas deputed six mothers to breast-feed him, and they are called Kṛttikās. Certain Purāṇas hold the view that six faces were caused to Subrahmaṇya as he had to feed on six breasts at the same time while others opine that six mothers were deputed to feed him as he was born with six faces. Again, according to certain Purāṇas it was Pārvatī, who deputed the Kṛttikās. The child came to be known as Kārttikeya also as it was fed by the Kṛttikās. (Skanda Purāṇa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Bālakāṇḍa, Canto 37 and Kathāsaritsāgara, Lāvāṇakalambaka, Taraṅga 6).

After having fed Skanda the Kṛttikās entered into the sphere of the stars. (Vana Parva, Chapter 236, Verse 11). The star into which the Kṛttikās entered is called the Kṛttikā star. Nārada said once that if one feeds brahmins with ghee and pudding on Kārttika day one may ascend to Devaloka. (Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 64, Verse 5).

2) Kṛttikā (कृत्तिका).—A holy place. He who bathes here will derive the benefits of performing an Atirātra Yajña. (Vana Parva, Chapter 84, Verse 51).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Kṛttika (कृत्तिक).—The Pleidas; a lunar mansion; personified. Six in number, nursed Kumāra: wives of Soma, childless due to Dakṣa's curse.1 An important day for the śrāḍdha offerings, sacred to moon.2 A constellation containing six stars.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 7. 64; VI. 6. 14 and 23; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 30. 100; Matsya-purāṇa 5. 27; 54. 11; 55. 12; 158. 41; Vāyu-purāṇa 72. 43; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 115; II. 8. 76.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 77 and 145; 24. 130; III. 10. 44; 18. 2.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 48. 82. 2.

1b) A parva; when the sun goes to the first aṃśa, the moon is in the fourth aṃśa of Viśākha.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 107; 50. 96; 53. 105.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kṛttika (कृत्तिक) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.82.46). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kṛttika) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Kṛttikā is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.60.23) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Kṛttikā (कृत्तिका).—They are unquestionably η Tauri, etc., the Pleiades. The names of the seven stars forming this constellation, and given above from Yajurveda texts, include three—abhrayantī, ‘forming clouds’; meghayantī, ‘making cloudy’; varṣayantī, ‘causing rain’—which clearly refer to the rainy Pleiades. The word kṛttikā possibly means ‘web,’ from the root kṛt, ‘spin’.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Kṛttikā (कृत्तिका) refers to one of the twenty-seven constellations (nakṣatra) according to according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Kṛttikā is the Sanskrit equivalent of Chinese Mao, Tibetan Smin-drug and modern Tauri (Pleiades).

Kṛttikā is classified in the first group: “The moon revolves around the earth in 28 days. If the moon enters one of the six following constellations (eg., Kṛttikā), then at that moment, the earth trembles (bhūmicala) as if it would collapse, this shaking extends up to the god of fire (Agni). Then there is no more rain, the rivers dry up, the year is bad for grain, the emperor (T’ien tseu) is cruel and the great ministers are evil”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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kṛttikā (कृत्तिका).—f (S) The third of the lunar mansions, Pleiades.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kṛttikā (कृत्तिका).—f The third of the lunar mansions.

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

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Kṛttikā (कृत्तिका).—(pl.) [kṛt-tikan kicca; Uṇ.3.147]

1) The third of the 27 lunar mansions or asterisms, (consisting of 6 stars) the Pleiades; Bhāg.6.14.3.

2) The six stars represented as nymphs acting as nurses to Kārtikeya, the god of war.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kṛttikā (कृत्तिका).—f.

(-kā) 1. The third of the lunar mansions, or constellations in the moon’s path, consisting of six stars, and corresponding to the Pleiades. 2. (In mythology,) a nymph; one of six, the nurses of Kartike'Ya. E. kṛt to cut, ktin and kan affixes; the figure of the asterism is a razor or knife.

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