Mataka, Maṭaka: 11 definitions


Mataka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Matak.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Mataka [ମଟକା] in the Oriya language is the name of a plant identified with Solena amplexicaulis (Lam.) Gandhi in Saldanha & Nicolson from the Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin) family having the following synonyms: Bryonia amplexicaulis, Bryonia solena, Cucurbita sagittata. For the possible medicinal usage of mataka, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Mataka is the name of a tank (granted to Abhayagiri Vihāra) that formed part of Kaliṇigāma: a tank mentioned in the long and damaged inscription of Bhātikabhaya (B.C. 22-A.C. 7) and represents a locality that once existed in the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Kaliṇigāma is mentioned in several early inscriptions and in it were (a) Komatala tank, granted to Abhayagiri Vihāra, (b) Mataka tank, granted to the Mahāthūpa, and (c) Dakiṇigiri Karihija tank, granted to Mihintale.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mataka : (m.) the deceased.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Mataka, (fr. mata2) dead, one who is dead DhA. II, 274.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Maṭaka (मटक).—A dead body.

Derivable forms: maṭakaḥ (मटकः), maṭakam (मटकम्).

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

Maṭaka (मटक).—[substantive] dead body, corpse.

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

Maṭaka (मटक):—[from maṭa] m. or n. a dead body, corpse, [Kathāsaritsāgara] (cf. mṛtaka).

[Sanskrit to German]

Mataka 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

Maṭaka (मटक) [Also spelled matak]:—(nf) coquetry, strut: coquettish gestures; affected gracefulness.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Māṭaka (ಮಾಟಕ):—

1) [noun] an entertainer who is skilled in producing illusion by sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.; a conjurer; a magician.

2) [noun] an expert in sorcery, blackmagic ; a sorcerer.

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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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