Lekhya: 15 definitions


Lekhya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Lekhya is a medical term used in Ayurveda meaning "scraping".

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Lekhya (लेख्य) refers to “writers”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 15) (“On the nakṣatras—‘asterisms’”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “Those who are born on the lunar day of Hasta will be thieves, dealers in elephants, charioteers, chief ministers, painters, merchants and dealers in pod-grains; learned in the Śāstras and of bright appearance. Those who are born on the lunar day of Citrā will be dealers in jewels, precious stones, fine cloths, writers (lekhya) and singers, manufacturers of perfumes, good mathematicians, weavers, surgeons, oculists and dealers in Rājadhānya. [...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha 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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Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)

Source: archive.org: Hindu Mathematics

Lekhya (लेख्य) represents the number 6 (six) in the “word-numeral system” (bhūtasaṃkhyā), which was used in Sanskrit texts dealing with astronomy, mathematics, metrics, as well as in the dates of inscriptions and manuscripts in ancient Indian literature.—A system of expressing numbers by means of words arranged as in the place-value notation was developed and perfected in India in the early centuries of the Christian era. In this system the numerals [e.g., 6—lekhya] are expressed by names of things, beings or concepts, which, naturally or in accordance with the teaching of the Śāstras, connote numbers.

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Ganitashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, gaṇitaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mathematics, algebra, number theory, arithmetic, etc. Closely allied with astronomy, both were commonly taught and studied in universities, even since the 1st millennium BCE. Ganita-shastra also includes ritualistic math-books such as the Shulba-sutras.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Lekhya (लेख्य) refers to “that which is to be painted”, according to the 2nd-century Meghasūtra (“Cloud Sutra”) in those passages which contain ritual instructions.—Accordingly, “[...] with [this] ‘Heart of the snakes;’ the cloud-monarchs too must be depicted, emitting a shower, and rubbing against one another; at the end masses of rain-birds and lightning are to be painted (lekhya); and parched rice canopied by the swastika, also fish and flesh, and honey-food without curds, and a sumptuous offering must be made there. [...]”

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

lēkhya (लेख्य).—a S (Possible, purposed, necessary &c.) to be written.

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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

Lekhya (लेख्य).—a. [likh-ṇyat] To be drawn, written, painted, scratched &c.; शैली दारुमयी लौही लेप्या लेख्या च सैकती । मनोमयी मणिमयी प्रतिमाष्टविधा स्मृता (śailī dārumayī lauhī lepyā lekhyā ca saikatī | manomayī maṇimayī pratimāṣṭavidhā smṛtā) || Bhāgavata 11.27.12.

-khyam 1 The art of writing.

2) Writing, transcribing; चकार यत्नं द्रुपदः सुतायाः सर्वकर्मसु । ततो लेख्यादिषु तथा शिल्पेषु च परंतप (cakāra yatnaṃ drupadaḥ sutāyāḥ sarvakarmasu | tato lekhyādiṣu tathā śilpeṣu ca paraṃtapa) || Mahābhārata (Bombay) 5.189.1.

3) A writing, a letter, document, manuscript.

5) An inscription.

6) Painting, drawing.

7) A painted figure.

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

Lekhya (लेख्य).—mfn.

(-khyaḥ-khyā-khyaṃ) To be written. 2. To be scarified. n.

(-khyaṃ) 1. A letter, an epistle. 2. A manuscript. 3. A drawing, a delineation. 4. A written accusation or defence. E. likh to write, ṇyat aff.

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

Lekhya (लेख्य).—[adjective] to be scratched, written down, or painted. [neuter] writing, copying, drawing, painting; picture, written document.

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

1) Lekhya (लेख्य):—[from likh] 1. lekhya [Nominal verb] [Parasmaipada] yati = lekhāya [gana] kaṇḍvādi

2) [v.s. ...] 2. lekhya mfn. to be scratched or scraped or scarified, [Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] to be written or transcribed, [Yājñavalkya; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] to be drawn or painted, [Yājñavalkya]

5) [v.s. ...] to be portrayed, painted, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] to be written down or numbered among ([locative case]), [Kāvyādarśa]

7) [v.s. ...] favourable to the gods (said of Viṣṇu), [Viṣṇu-smṛti, viṣṇu-sūtra, vaiṣṇava-dharma-śāstra] ([Scholiast or Commentator])

8) [v.s. ...] n. the act or the art of writing, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

9) [v.s. ...] copying, transcribing, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

10) [v.s. ...] delineation, drawing, painting, [ib.]

11) [v.s. ...] a writing, letter, manuscript, [Kāmandakīya-nītisāra; Kathāsaritsāgara; Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

12) [v.s. ...] (in law) any written document ([especially] a written accusation or defence), [Viṣṇu-smṛti, viṣṇu-sūtra, vaiṣṇava-dharma-śāstra; Yājñavalkya] (cf. [Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 293])

13) [v.s. ...] an inscription, [Mahābhārata xiii, 6330]

14) [v.s. ...] (gaṇanā-) a catalogue, list of [Raghuvaṃśa]

15) [v.s. ...] a painted figure, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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

Lekhya (लेख्य):—[(khyaḥ-khyā-khyaṃ) a.] That may be or should be written. n. A letter; manuscript; drawing; written accusation or defence.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Lekhya (लेख्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Likkha, Lekkha.

[Sanskrit to German]

Lekhya in German

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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

Lekhya (लेख्य) [Also spelled lekhy]:—(a) worth writing/recording; accountable; —[patra] a document; an instrument.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Lēkhya (ಲೇಖ್ಯ):—[noun] = ಲೇಖೆ - [lekhe -] 2.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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