Pithaka, Pīṭhaka: 12 definitions


Pithaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram (shaivism)

Pīṭhaka (पीठक) or Pīṭha in the early Siddhāntāgamas denotes the “location of a deity”, sacred person or entity, [although] it not generally used to denote a sacred site. A pīṭha is a part of the maṇḍala where the deity sits. The Niḥśvāsatattvasaṃhitā refers to the central square of its primary maṇḍala as the pīṭha that is ‘the best of seats’. Similarly, the term pīṭha may denote the pedestal on which a Liṅga is placed and bathed (snānapīṭha) in a pavilion erected for that purpose. The same word also denotes the part of the plinth on which a Liṅga is erected. It may be of various kinds and variously named according to its size, shape, layers and the like. Such pīṭhas are described in the Siddhāntāgamas

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

pīṭhaka : (nt.) a small chair or bench.

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

Pīṭhaka, (fr. pīṭha) a chair, stool VvA. 8, 124. See also palāla°. (Page 461)

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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

Pīṭhaka (पीठक).—A seat; हस्तिनां पीठकानां च गर्दभानां तथैव च (hastināṃ pīṭhakānāṃ ca gardabhānāṃ tathaiva ca) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 1.84.21 (com. pīṭhakānāṃ rājayogyānāṃ narayānaviśeṣāṇāṃ 'taravatarāvā' iti mleccheṣu prasiddhānām |).

Derivable forms: pīṭhakaḥ (पीठकः), pīṭhakam (पीठकम्).

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

Piṭhaka (पिठक).—[, error for piṭaka, basket (in literal, Sanskrit sense): Kāraṇḍavvūha 52.23; 71.8. Cf. pīṭhaka.]

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Pīṭhaka (पीठक).—[, error for piṭaka, basket (in lit. sense as in Sanskrit): Kāraṇḍavvūha 28.17. Cf. next, and piṭhaka.]

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

Pīṭhaka (पीठक).—[pīṭha + ka], I. m. and n. 1. A chair, a bench. 2. A saddle(?), Mahābhārata 1, 3486. Ii. f. ṭhikā. 1. A bench. 2. The section of a literary work, Dacak. 48, 7.

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

Pīṭhaka (पीठक).—[substantive], pīṭhikā [feminine] = [preceding]

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

1) Piṭhaka (पिठक):—[from piṭh] [wrong reading] for piṭaka.

2) Pīṭhaka (पीठक):—[from pīṭha] m. or n. a stool, chair, bench, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] a kind of palanquin, [Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]

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

Pīṭhaka (पीठक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Pīḍhaga, Pīḍhaya, Pīhaga.

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Pithaka 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pīṭhaka (ಪೀಠಕ):—

1) [noun] = ಪೀಠ - [pitha -] 1.

2) [noun] a place or position (where a thing or person is or should be).

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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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