Pitambara, aka: Pitāmbara, Pītāmbara, Pita-ambara; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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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)

Source: SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama
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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)

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

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 24. 1; Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 47.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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India history and geogprahy

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).

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

Marathi-English dictionary

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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 Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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pītāmbara (पीतांबर).—m See pitāmbara.

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

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Pītāmbara (पीताम्बर).—

1) an epithet of Viṣṇu; इति निगदितः प्रीतः पीताम्बरोपि तथाऽकरोत् (iti nigaditaḥ prītaḥ pītāmbaropi tathā'karot) Gīt.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: DDSA: The practical 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: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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