Kshiti, Kṣiti: 16 definitions



Kshiti means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Kṣiti can be transliterated into English as Ksiti or Kshiti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Saṅgītaśiromaṇi

Kṣiti (क्षिति) refers to one of the twenty-two quarters tones (śruti) existing within an octave, according to the Saṅgīta-ratnākara (“ocean of music and dance”). This work is an important Sanskrit treatise dealing with ancient Indian musicology (gāndharva-śāstra), composed by Śārṅgadeva in the 13th century and deals with both Carnatic and Hindustani music. Kṣiti has a frequency of 353.1945Hz.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kṣiti (क्षिति).—A secondary divinity.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 14. 26.
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: archive.org: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style

Kṣiti (क्षिति, “earth”).—Illustration of Kṣiti-śruti according to 15th century art:—The colour of her body is golden. She holds a vīṇā with both hands. The colour of her bodice is golden and the scarf is sky-blue with a crimson-coloured design; the lower garment is rosy with a crimson-coloured design and borders are of golden colour.

The illustrations (of, for example Kṣiti) are found scattered throughout ancient Jain manuscripts from Gujarat. The descriptions of these illustrations of this citrāvalī are based on the ślokas of Vācanācārya Gaṇi Sudhākalaśa’s Saṅgītopaniṣatsāroddhāra (14th century) and Śārṅgadeva’s Saṅgītaratnākara (13th century).

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Kṣiti (क्षिति) refers to “earth” and is mentioned in a list of 53 synonyms for dharaṇi (“earth”), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia).  The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil [viz., Kṣiti], mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Kṣiti (क्षिति) is in the Rigveda a regular word for ‘dwelling,’ and in particular the kṣitir dhruvā, ‘the secure dwelling,’ is mentioned in a context that shows it to be equivalent to the Vṛjana or Grāma regarded as a stronghold.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Kṣiti (क्षिति) is the name of a Bodhisattva mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Kṣiti).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Kṣiti.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘one’. Note: kṣiti is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kṣiti (क्षिति).—f S The earth. 2 Waste, decline, decrease, wane. 3 (kṣati q. v. Sig. III.) Care or concern about; i. e. minding or regarding as a loss or a harm. v dhara, bāḷaga. A popular sense.

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

kṣiti (क्षिति).—f The earth. Care about. Waste.

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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

Kṣiti (क्षिति).—f. [kṣi nivāse ādhāre ktin]

1) The earth, soil of the earth; Mb.4.

2) A dwelling, an abode, a house; तं भक्तिभावोऽभ्यगृणादसत्वरं परिश्रुतोरुश्रवसं ध्रुवक्षितिः (taṃ bhaktibhāvo'bhyagṛṇādasatvaraṃ pariśrutoruśravasaṃ dhruvakṣitiḥ) Bhāg.4.9.5.

3) Loss, destruction.

4) The end of the world.

5) Wane.

6) A man (Ved.)

7) Prosperity; क्षिते रोहः प्रवहः शश्वदेव (kṣite rohaḥ pravahaḥ śaśvadeva) Mb.13.76.1.

8) Number 'one'; Bij.

Derivable forms: kṣitiḥ (क्षितिः).

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

Kṣiti (क्षिति).—f.

(-tiḥ) 1. The earth. 2. An abode, a dwelling, a house. 3. Loss, destruction, wane. 4. The period of the destruction of the universe. 5. A perfume, commonly called Rochana. E. kṣi to waste, to dwell, &c, ktin aff.

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

Kṣiti (क्षिति).—[kṣi + ti] 1., f. 1. An abode, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 4, 9, 5. 2. The earth, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 3, 5. 3. Land, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 109.

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

Kṣiti (क्षिति).—1. [feminine] abode, settlement, the earth; [plural] the settlements, i.e. tribes, nations, men, people.

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Kṣiti (क्षिति).—2. [feminine] destruction, decay, end.

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

1) Kṣiti (क्षिति):—[from kṣi] 1. kṣiti f. dominion (Comm.), [Mahābhārata xiii, 76, 10.]

2) [from kṣi] 2. kṣiti f. an abode, dwelling, habitation, house (cf. also uruand su-kṣiti, dhruva.), [Ṛg-veda]

3) [v.s. ...] ([Naighaṇṭuka, commented on by Yāska i, 1]) the earth, soil of the earth, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] the number ‘one’ [Bījagaṇita]

5) [v.s. ...] (ayas) settlements, colonies, races of men, nations (of which five are named; cf. kṛṣṭi), [Ṛg-veda]

6) [v.s. ...] (said of the families of the gods), [ iii, 20, 4]

7) [v.s. ...] estates, [Rājataraṅgiṇī v, 109] (cf. uruand su-kṣiti, dhārayat-, dhruva-, bhava-, raṇa-, samara-.)

8) [from kṣi] 3. kṣiti f. wane, perishing, ruin, destruction, [Atharva-veda]

9) [v.s. ...] the period of the destruction of the universe, end of the world, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. a-, asura-.)

10) [from kṣita > kṣit] a 3.

11) [v.s. ...] b See √1. 2. and 4. kṣi.

12) 4. kṣiti m. Name of a man, [Pravara texts]

13) f. a sort of yellow pigment, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) a sort of base metal

15) = kṣiti-kṣama (sub voce 2. kṣiti), [Demetrius Galanos’s Lexiko: sanskritikes, anglikes, hellenikes]

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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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