Palita, Pālita, Pālitā: 27 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Palit.

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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Palita (पलित) refers to the “greying of hairs”. It is used throughout Rasaśāstra literature, such as the Rasaprakāśasudhākara.

Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Palita (पलित) is another name for Marica, a medicinal plant identified with Piper nigrum Linn. or “black pepper” from the Piperaceae or “pepper” family of flowering plants, according to verse 6.30-32 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu.—The sixth chapter (pippalyādi-varga) of this book enumerates ninety-five varieties of plants obtained from the market (paṇyauṣadhi). Together with the names Palita and Marica, there are a total of seventeen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Palita (पलित).—A rat, a character in 'Biḍālopākhyāna'. This rat held a conversation with Lomaśa, a cat. (See under Biḍālopākhyāna).

2) Pālitā (पालिता).—A female follower of Subrahmaṇya. (Śloka 3, Chapter 46, Śalya Parva).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Pālita (पालित) refers to “one who sustains” (the three worlds) and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.11.—Accordingly, as Himavat (Himālaya) eulogised Śiva: “O great god, lord of the gods, O lord Śiva, the three worlds are sustained [i.e., pālita] by you alone who are lord of the worlds. Obeisance to Thee, O lord of gods, obeisance to the one who has assumed the form of a Yogin, obeisance to Thee that art possessed and devoid of attributes and obeisance to Thee who art sportive. [...]”.

2) Pālita (पालित) refers to a “fostered son”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.5 (“Kārttikeya is crowned”).—Accordingly, as the Kṛttikās said to Kārttikeya: “O ocean of mercy, how is it that you ruthlessly leave us and go? This is not a virtuous thing for a fostered son (pālita) [pālito yat sutastyajet] to forsake his mothers. You have been brought up by us affectionately. Hence you are our son in virtue of that. What shall we do? Where shall we go? What can we do?”.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Palitā (पलिता) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.45.3). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Palitā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Pālita (पालित) refers to “(being) guarded”, according to the King Vatsarāja’s Pūjāstuti called the Kāmasiddhistuti (also Vāmakeśvarīstuti), guiding one through the worship of the Goddess Nityā.—Accordingly, “[...] I approach the great temple of goddess Mṛḍānī that opens to the west. It is guarded (pālita) outside by Indra and the other [gods who guard the directions], and shines beautifully with utmost richness. I venerate the young elephant-faced master of Śiva’s gaṇas, the destroyer of obstacles. His lotus-hands are decorated with a noose, goad, fruit, and lotus. [...]

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Palita (पलित, ‘grey-haired’) occurs frequently from the Rigveda onwards. It is the distinctive sign of old age. Those who, like certain descendants of Jamadagni, do not grow old, are said not to become grey-haired, while Bharadvāja is described as having in his old age become thin and grey-haired. The Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa in one passage observes that grey hairs appear first on the head, and elsewhere6 alludes to the hair on the arms having become grey.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Palita (Palika)

Nephew of Cakkhupala. When Cullapala, brother of Cakkhupala, heard of the latters blindness, he sent Palita to fetch him, and, in order to protect him from danger on the way, had him ordained before he set forth. While returning with Cakkhupala, Palita heard the song of a woman collecting firewood, and, making some excuse, left Cakkhupala and had intimacy with her. When Cakkhupala heard what had happened, he refused to go any farther with him. ThagA.i.197f.

2. Palita

A rajakumara of Sumangala city. He and his friend, Sabbadassi, son of the chaplain, visited the Buddha Piyadassi and entertained him for seven days, after which they entered the Order, becoming arahants in due time. Later, they became the chief disciples of Piyadassi Buddha. Bu.xiv.20; BuA.176; J.i.39.

3. Palita

The constant attendant of Mangala Buddha. Bu.iv.23; J.i.34.


A Naga king in the time of Padumuttara Buddha, a previous birth of Rahula (q.v.).

SA.iii.26; MA.ii.722,1023; but see SNA.i.341, where he is called Sankha.

At AA.i.143 his name is given as Pathavindhara.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions (jainism)

Pālita (पालित) is a Prakrit ending for deriving proper personal names, mentioned as an example in the Aṅgavijjā chapter 26. This chapter includes general rules to follow when deriving proper names. The Aṅgavijjā (mentioning pālita) is an ancient treatise from the 3rd century CE dealing with physiognomic readings, bodily gestures and predictions and was written by a Jain ascetic in 9000 Prakrit stanzas.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

palita : (adj.) matured. (nt.) grey hair. || pālita (pp. of pāleti) protected; guarded; preserved.

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

Palita, (adj.) (cp. Vedic palita; Gr. pelitnόs, peliόs black-grey; Lith. pilkas grey; Ags. fealu=Ohg. falo, E. fallow, Ger. fahl; also Sk. pāṇḍu whitish; P. paṇḍu, pāṭala pink) grey, in cpd. °kesa with grey (i.e. white) hair M. I, 88 (f. °kesī); A. I, 138; J. I, 59, 79; abs. only at J. VI, 524. The spelling phalita also occurs (e.g. PvA. 153).—Der. pālicca. (Page 441)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

palita (पलित).—a S Gray-haired, hoary.

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palita (पलित).—n S Hoaryheadedness or hoariness.

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palitā (पलिता) [or दा, dā].—m ( P) Cloth rolled compactly and formed into a ring, as a circular wick for a pan of oil. 2 The match of a great gun. v lāva, dē, ṭhēva. 3 Tinder or cloth steeped in gunpowder, to serve as a match. 4 A volley round or a general discharge (of the cannon or fire-arms). v jhāḍa, jhaḍa. This sense is acquired by the enlargement and accommodation of the sense of Match; as tisaṛyā palityāsa khāra phuṭalē (quasi, at the application of the third match).

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pālita (पालित).—p (S) Nourished, fostered, reared.

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

palita (पलित).—a Gray-haired, hoary.

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palita (पलित).—n Hoariness.

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palitā (पलिता).—

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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

Palita (पलित).—a. Weighing or containing so many palas.

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Palita (पलित).—a. Grey, hoary, grey-haired, old, aged; तातस्य मे पलितमौलिनिरस्तकाशे (tātasya me palitamaulinirastakāśe) (śirasi) V.3.19.

-tam 1 Grey hair, or the greyness of hair brought on by old age; न तेन स्थविरो भवति येनास्य पलितं शिरः । बालोऽपि यः प्रजानाति तं देवाः स्थविरं विदुः (na tena sthaviro bhavati yenāsya palitaṃ śiraḥ | bālo'pi yaḥ prajānāti taṃ devāḥ sthaviraṃ viduḥ) || Mahābhārata (Bombay) 3.133.11-12; Manusmṛti 6.2; वलिभिर्मुख- माक्रान्तं पलितैरङ्कितं शिरः (valibhirmukha- mākrāntaṃ palitairaṅkitaṃ śiraḥ) Bh.; अङ्गं गलितं, पलितं मुण्डम् (aṅgaṃ galitaṃ, palitaṃ muṇḍam) Śaṅkara. (carpaṭapañjarikāstotram 6).

2) Much or ornamented hair.

3) A tuft of hair (keśapāśa).

4) Mud, mire.

5) Heat.

6) Benzoin.

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Pālita (पालित).—p. p.

1) Protected, guarded, preserved.

2) Observed, fulfilled.

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

Pālita (पालित).—(= Pali id.), name of an attendant on the Buddha Maṅgala: Mahāvastu i.248.20; 252.9.

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

Palita (पलित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-tī-taṃ) Grey-haired, old. m.

(-taḥ) An old man. f.

(-tā) An old woman. n.

(-taṃ) 1. Greyness of the hair. 2. Much or ornamented hair. 3. Heat, burning. 4. Mud, mire. 5. Benzoin. E. pal to go, (towards death,) Unadi aff. bhāve kta, or pala flesh, &c. and itac aff.

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Pālita (पालित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) Cherished, nourished. m.

(-taḥ) The Sakhota tree. E. pāl nourish aff. kta.

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

Palita (पलित).—I. adj., f. iknī (and ), Grey, Mahābhārata 7, 5089. Ii. n. Grey hair, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 6, 2.

— Cf. [Latin] pullus, pallidus. pallere; [Old High German.] falw; [Anglo-Saxon.] fealo, falu, fealwe, falewe.

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

Palita (पलित).—[feminine] paliknī grey, hoary; [neuter] grey hair.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Pālita (पालित) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—poet. [Sūktikarṇāmṛta by Śrīdharadāsa]

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

1) Palita (पलित):—mf(ā, or paliknī, [Pāṇini 4-1, 39], [vArttika] 1. 2, [Patañjali]) n. grey, hoary, old, aged, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

2) = pālayitṛ, [Nirukta, by Yāska iv, 26]

3) m. Name of a mouse, [Mahābhārata]

4) of a prince, [Harivaṃśa; Viṣṇu-purāṇa] ([varia lectio] pāl)

5) n. grey hair (also [plural]), [Atharva-veda] etc. etc.

6) a tuft of hair, [Daśakumāra-carita]

7) mud, mire, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) heat, burning, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) benzoin, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) pepper, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) cf. [Greek] πελιτνός, πολιός etc.; [Latin] palleo, pallidus, pallus; [Lithuanian] pálvas; [Slavonic or Slavonian] plavŭ; Hgerm. falo, val, fahl; [Anglo-Saxon] fealo; [English] fallow.

12) Pālita (पालित):—[from pālana > pāl] a mfn. guarded, protected, cherished, nourished, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

13) [v.s. ...] m. Trophis Aspera, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) [v.s. ...] Name of a prince (son of Parā-jit or Parā-vṛt), [Harivaṃśa; Purāṇa] ([varia lectio] palita)

15) [v.s. ...] of a poet, [Catalogue(s)]

16) Pālitā (पालिता):—[from pālita > pālana > pāl] f. Name of one of the Mātṛs attending on Skanda, [Mahābhārata]

17) Pālita (पालित):—b See under √pāl.

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

1) Palita (पलित):—(taṃ) 1. n. Greyness of the hair; much hair; heat; mud; Benzoin. m. Old man. f. Old woman. a. Old, grey-headed.

2) Pālita (पालित):—(taḥ) 1. m. A tree (Trophis aspera). a. Cherished.

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

Palita (पलित) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Palia, Pāliya.

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Palita 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

1) Palita (पलित):—(a) aged, old, grey-haired; greyed (hair).

2) Palītā (पलीता):—(nm) a wick; an ignitor; guncotton; ~[tā dikhānā/~tā lagānā] to ignite, to burn; ~[te meṃ āga lagānā] the fat to be in fire.

3) Pālita (पालित) [Also spelled palit]:—(a) brought up, nourished, nurtured, fostered; cherished; observed; adhered to; maintained, sustained; hence [pālitā] (nf); —[poṣita] reared and tended, fostered, cherished and nourished.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Palita (ಪಲಿತ):—

1) [adjective] grey-haired.

2) [adjective] aged; grown old; old.

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Palita (ಪಲಿತ):—

1) [noun] hair that has turned grey.

2) [noun] the advanced years of human life; old-age.

3) [noun] (jain.) a period of time, used as a unit of measure (similar to era, century, etc.).

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Paḷita (ಪಳಿತ):—

1) [adjective] grey-haired.

2) [adjective] aged; grown old; old.

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Paḷita (ಪಳಿತ):—

1) [noun] hair that has turned grey.

2) [noun] the advanced years of human life; old-age.

3) [noun] (jain.) a period of time, used as a unit of measure (similar to era, century, etc.).

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Pālita (ಪಾಲಿತ):—[adjective] protected; guarded; defended.

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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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Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Palitā (பலிதா) noun < Urdu falīla. (C. G.)

1. Volley, a number of darts or balls discharged together; எறிபடைத் தொகுதி. [eripadaith thoguthi.]

2. Beating; அடிக் கை. [adig kai.]

3. Abusing; வசையுறுகை. [vasaiyurugai.]

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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