Pitambara, Pitāmbara, Pītāmbara, Pita-ambara: 20 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Pitambar.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama

The Yellow Robe (pitāmbara):—Yellow which is the colour of the fire represents yajña or Sacrifice which is the principle activity taught in the Vedas. The Lord is known as yajña-puruṣa the One who receives all the oblations offered into the sacred fire. The act of creation is depicte d in the Vedas as a cosmic sacrifice in which the Supreme Person Himself becomes the victim, and it is from this primeval sacrifice that the cosmos has its origins. The yellow robe symbolizes fire and the principle of sacrifice which underlies all human transactions with the environment and with other beings. In order to receive we must give, obtaining one thing also requires letting go of another. This ethically managed reciprocity is the foundation of Dharma practice.

vāsaścandamayam pītam |

The yellow robe represents the metres of the Vedas. (S.B. 12.11.11)

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pitambara in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर) refers to “(wearing) yellow garments” and is used to describe Viṣṇu, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.43 (“Description of Śiva’s wonderful sport”).—Accordingly, after Śiva spoke to Viṣṇu and Brahmā: “[...]  In the meantime lord Viṣṇu came that way. He looked glorious and splendid, dark-blue like the fresh cloud and having four arms. He had the handsome features of numberless cupids. He wore yellow garments (pītāmbara-dhara). He was the king of heaven with eyes resembling the petals of a lotus, and looked very calm. He had Garuḍa as his vehicle. He possessed all the characteristic signs conch etc. He was bedecked in crown and other ornaments. He wore Śrīvatsa on his chest. He had an uncommon splendour that was incomprehensible. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर).—Yellow cloth worn by Budha at birth.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 24. 1; Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 47.
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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर) refers to “yellow dhoṭī”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition

Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर) refers to:—The brilliant golden-yellow cloth that Śrī Kṛṣṇa wears. (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Pitambara in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर) refers to “(one who wears) yellow clothes” and is used to describe Viṣṇu, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly: “[...] Then, after the goddess Kumārikā had heard Vyāsa’s words, she hid her Māyā nature from him and assumed (her) Vaiṣṇava form. Viṣṇu held a conch, discus, mace and rosary. Stainless (nirañjana), he wore yellow clothes [i.e., pītāmbara] and, mounted on Garuḍa, he was radiant. Keśava, that is, Janārdhaka, was accompanied by Mahālakṣmī. (He), the god Hari, born from a lotus womb, is the imperishable cause (of all things). [...]”.

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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: academia.edu: Dvādaśa-mūrti in Tamil Tradition (iconography)

1) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर) refers to “one who wears white garments”, according to the Śrītattvanidhi (verse 2.19-42) citing the Pāñcarātrāgama-Kriyapāda.—Keśava is Golden hued, white garments (pītāmbara), benign face, and ornaments in pearls. According to the Caturviṃśatimūrtilakṣaṇa, The Pāñcarātra tradition (describing Keśava) got a stronghold over the Vaiṣṇava tradition by about the fourth century CE, e.g. the Ahirbhūdhnya-saṃhitā and so its impact on the Tamil Paripāṭal and hymns of the Āḻvārs is quite natural.

2) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर) refers to “silk” (either white or pale yellow).

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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India history and geography

Source: archive.org: Chaitanya’s life and teachings (history)

Pitambara is one of the places visited by Chaitanya during his pilgrimage in Southern India between April 1510 and January 1512.—Pitambar.—Evidently Chidambaram, 26 miles south of Cuddalore. Famous for its great pagoda, covering 39 acres in the centre of the town, and sourrounded on all four sides by a street 60 feet wide. It contains the Akasa-linga. (S. Arcot Manual, 400-407).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pitambara in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pitāmbara (पितांबर).—m (pītāmbara S) A silk cloth for dhotars &c. It has a border; and it may be red or of other color than yellow.

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pītāmbara (पीतांबर).—m (S pīta & ambara) A garment or cloth of yellow silk. 2 Confounded with its derivative pitāmbara.

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

pitāmbara (पितांबर).—m A silk cloth used as adotar at the time of dinner &c.

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pītāmbara (पीतांबर).—m See pitāmbara.

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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»] — Pitambara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर).—

1) an epithet of Viṣṇu; इति निगदितः प्रीतः पीताम्बरोपि तथाऽकरोत् (iti nigaditaḥ prītaḥ pītāmbaropi tathā'karot) Gītagovinda 12.

2) an actor.

3) a religious mendicant wearing yellow garments.

Derivable forms: pītāmbaraḥ (पीताम्बरः).

Pītāmbara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pīta and ambara (अम्बर).

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

Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Dressed in yellow clothes. m.

(-raḥ) 1. Krishna or Vishnu in that form. 2. A dancer or actor. 3. A religious mendicant, wearing yellow garments. E. pīta yellow, amvara vesture, raiment.

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

Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर).—[adjective] & [masculine] = pītavāsas.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—father of Puruṣottama (Avatāravādāvalī, Dravyaśuddhidīpikā). Oxf. 38^a. 274^a.

2) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—poet. [Sūktikarṇāmṛta by Śrīdharadāsa] Compare Bhaṭṭaśālīyapītāmbara.

3) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—Anupānamañjarī med.

4) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—Gītagovindaṭīkā.

5) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—Durgāsaṃdehabhedikā Devīmāhātmyaṭīkā.

6) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—Bhāgavatatattvadīpaprakāśāvaraṇabhaṅga. P. 13.

7) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—Ratnamañjarī Karpūramañjarīṭīkā.

8) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—Satkīrticandrodaya.

9) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—
—[commentary] on Hāla’s Gāthāsaptaśatī. [Mackenzie Collection] 107. Io. 2796. W. 1603.

10) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—son of Yadupati, and pupil of Viṭṭhaleśa:
—[commentary] on Vallabhācārya’s Puṣṭipravāhamaryādābheda.

11) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—son of Yadupati: Bhāgavatatattvaprakāśāvaraṇabhaṅga.

12) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—son of Yadupati: Bhāgavatatattvadīpaprakāśāvaraṇabhaṅga.

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

1) Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—[from pīta] mfn. dressed in y° clothes

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Viṣṇu-Kṛṣṇa, [Gīta-govinda]

3) [v.s. ...] a dancer or actor, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a religious mendicant wearing y° garments, [Horace H. Wilson]

5) [v.s. ...] Name of sub voce men and authors (also with śarman and bhaṭṭa)

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

Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर):—[pītā+mbara] (raḥ) 1. m. Krishna; a dancer. a. Wearing yellow clothes.

[Sanskrit to German]

Pitambara 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

[«previous next»] — Pitambara in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Pītāṃbara (पीतांबर) [Also spelled pitambar]:—(nm) yellow silk cloth; yellow silken [dhotī] worn by men during worship; Krishna.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pitambara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pītāṃbara (ಪೀತಾಂಬರ):—

1) [noun] a yellow cloth.

2) [noun] a yellow, silk cloth.

3) [noun] a variety of precious silk sari (sīre, a garment worn by Indian women, consisting of a long piece of cotton or silk wrapped around the body with one end draped over the head or over one shoulder).

4) [noun] Viṣṇu, who wears yellow silk cloth.

5) [noun] (jain.) Vāsudēva, the Supreme.

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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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