Nakshatravidya, Nakṣatravidyā, Nakshatra-vidya: 9 definitions

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Nakshatravidya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Nakṣatravidyā can be transliterated into English as Naksatravidya or Nakshatravidya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)

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Source: archive.org: Hindu Mathematics

Nakṣatravidyā (नक्षत्रविद्या) refers to the “science of astronomy” .—It is said that once upon a time Nārada approached the sage Sanatkumāra and begged of him the brahmavidyā or the supreme knowledge. Sanatkumāra asked Nārada to state what sciences and arts he had already studied so that he (Sanatkumāra) might judge what still remained to be learnt by him. Thereupon Nārada enumerated the various sciences and arts studied by him. This list included astronomy (nakṣatravidyā) and arithmetic (rāśividyā). Thus the culture of the science of mathematics or of any other branch of secular knowledge, was not considered to be a hindrance to spiritual knowledge. In fact, aparāvidyā (“secular knowledge”) was then considered to be a helpful adjunct to parāvidyā (“spiritual knowledge”).

Ganitashastra book cover
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nakṣatravidyā (नक्षत्रविद्या).—f (S) Science of the stars, astronomy.

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

nakṣatravidyā (नक्षत्रविद्या).—f Science of the stars, astro- nomy.

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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

[«previous next»] — Nakshatravidya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nakṣatravidyā (नक्षत्रविद्या).—astronomy or astrology; Ch. Up.7.1.2.

Nakṣatravidyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nakṣatra and vidyā (विद्या).

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

Nakṣatravidyā (नक्षत्रविद्या).—f. astronomy, or rather astrology, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 6, 50.

Nakṣatravidyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nakṣatra and vidyā (विद्या).

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

Nakṣatravidyā (नक्षत्रविद्या).—[feminine] knowledge of the stars, astronomy.

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

Nakṣatravidyā (नक्षत्रविद्या):—[=nakṣatra-vidyā] [from nakṣatra > nakṣ] f. ‘star-knowledge’, astronomy, [Chāndogya-upaniṣad; Manu-smṛti]

[Sanskrit to German]

Nakshatravidya 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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