Loshtu, Loṣṭu: 9 definitions


Loshtu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Loṣṭu can be transliterated into English as Lostu or Loshtu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Loṣṭu (लोष्टु) [=Loṣṭuka?] refers to a “clod-of-earth”, according to the Guhyasūtra chapter 3.—Accordingly, “[...] [If] one wanders in the cremation-ground at night, with a skull in one’s hand and a khaṭvāṅga, covered in ashes, that is called the cremation-ground observance. If one dances, sings, laughs and talks madly, with the body smeared in ashes and wearing rags, this is called the Gaṇavrata. One performs the Clod-of-Earth Observance (loṣṭuka-vrata) by being engaged in recitation, feeding on alms, sleeping on the earth, with senses controlled, engaged in meditation and restraint. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Loṣṭu (लोष्टु).—A clod, lump of earth.

Derivable forms: loṣṭuḥ (लोष्टुः).

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

Loṣṭu (लोष्टु).—(Sanskrit Lex.; blend of loṣṭa and leṣṭu?), clod of earth: loṣṭuṃ Kāśyapa Parivarta 105.5; loṣṭunā 4; śva-loṣṭv-anujavana- (see anujavana) Kāśyapa Parivarta 105.2; 106.8; 107.1, 5; loṣṭu-patane Lalitavistara 319.16.

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

Loṣṭu (लोष्टु).—m.

(-ṣṭuḥ) A lump of earth. E. loṣṭ to heap, u aff.

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

Loṣṭu (लोष्टु).— (a form of loṣṭra, q. cf.; cf. kroṣṭu = kroṣṭṛ), m. A clod of earth.

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

Loṣṭu (लोष्टु):—[from loṣṭ] m. a clod, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Loṣṭu (लोष्टु):—(ṣṭuḥ) 2. m. A lump of earth.

[Sanskrit to German]

Loshtu 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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