Rajju: 17 definitions



Rajju means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms

Rajju (रज्जु).—Perimeter. Note: Rajju is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

1) Rajju (रज्जु) refers to the “measuring cord (rope)” a type of physical instrument used during architectural measurement. It is used throughout Vāstuśāstra literature such as the Mānasāra, which is a 5th-century Sanskrit treatise on architectural practice.

2) Rajju (रज्जु, “rope”) is the Sanskrit name for a unit of measurement, used in Vāstuśāstra literature, according to the Mānasāra II.40-53. A single Rajju unit corresponds to 8 Daṇḍa units.

Below follows a table of the different units of measurement in relation to one another:

  • 8 Paramāṇu = 1 Rathadhūli, chariot-dust
  • 8 Rathadhūli = 1 Vālāgra, hair-end
  • 8 Vālāgra = 1 Likṣā, nit,
  • 8 Likṣā = 1 Yūka, louse
  • 8 Yūka = 1 Yava, barley-corn,
  • 8 Yava = 1 Aṅgula, digit (finger-breadth),
  • 12 Aṅgula = 1 Vitasti, span,
  • 2 Vitasti (24 aṅgulas) = 1 Kiṣku, cubit,
  • 4 Dhanurmuṣṭi (26 aṅgulas) = 1 Daṇḍa, rod,
  • 8 Daṇḍa = 1 Rajju, rope

The smallest unit, which is paramāṇu, atom is stated ta be perceived (only) by the sages. For all practical purposes, aṅgula is the smallest unit of measurement. For this reason, it is seen to be treated in a special way in the text with regards to its universality that significantly downplays its semantic reference to the body.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Rajju (रज्जु)—Sanskrit term corresponding to the english “rope”.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Rajju (रज्जु) in the Rigveda and later denotes ‘rope’. In the Atharvaveda the serpent is called the ‘toothed rope’ (rajju datvatī).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Prakrit Bharati Academy: Astronomy and Cosmology

Rajju (रज्जु).—In some Jaina works, a rajju is defined as the diameter of the Svayamvbūramaṇa ocean. In Ratnasañcaya-prakaraṇa, a rajju is defined as follows: “A god can go 100,000 yojanas in the winking of an eye. The distance travelled by him, thus in 6 months is a rajju.”

Source: Prakrit Bharati Academy: Jainism - the Creed for all Times

Rajju (रज्जु).—The measure of universal space.—When the distances are immensely incalculable, the units also have to be equally immense. Rajju is one such unit. The universal space has been mentioned in terms of this unit in the Jaina scriptures. To have an idea of the immensity of rajju, we have this formula that beats all imagination—“If a heavenly god were to go at a speed of a hundred thousand (pramāṇa) yojana in an instant, for a period of six months, the distance described by him will be one rajju. It is also the diametrical distance between one end of the outermost Svayambhūramaṇa-samudra (of the middle universe) to the other.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1

Rajju (“string”) refers to a factor taken into consideration, by consulting an astrologer, before marriage among the Agamudaiyans (a cultivating case foundin all the Tamil districts).—The twenty-seven asterisms are arranged at various points on four parallel lines drawn across three triangles. These lines are called the leg, thigh, abdomen, and neck rajjus. The vertices of the triangles are the head rajjus. The asterisms of the pair should not be on the same rajju, and it is considered to be specially bad if they are both on the neck.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Rajjū.—(HRS), used in the Arthaśāstra probably in the sense of the cost realised by the government in connection with the expenses of land-measurement or survey. Note: rajjū is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

rajju : (f.) a rope; a cord.

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

Rajju, (f.) (Vedic rajju, cp. Lat. restis rope, Lith. r&etilde; ƶgis wicker, basket) a cord, line, rope S. II, 128; Vin. II, 120, 148 (āviñchana°); Nd2 304; J. I, 464, 483 (fisherman’s line); V, 173; Mhvs 10, 61; DhA. IV, 54; VbhA. 163; KhA 57; VvA. 207; Sdhp. 148, 153.

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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

rajju (रज्जु).—f (S) A string, cord, rope: also a filament or fibre.

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

rajju (रज्जु).—f A string, rope. A fibre.

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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

Rajju (रज्जु).—(Uṇ.1.15) f.

1) A rope, cord, string.

2) Name of a sinew proceeding from the vertebral column.

3) A lock of braided hair.

Derivable forms: rajjuḥ (रज्जुः).

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

Rajju (रज्जु).—m.

(-jjuḥ) 1. A rope, a cord, a tie, a string. 2. A lock of braided hair. 3. A sinew proceeding from the vertibral column. E. sṛj to create, &c., Unadi aff. u, and the radical sa rejected, the vowel changed to its semi-vowel.

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

Rajju (रज्जु).— (probably for original srajyu; cf. sraj and [Old High German.] striech, strie, stracchian; [Anglo-Saxon.] streccan; [Latin] stringere), f. (m., [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 376 erroneously, cf. my translation, n. 385). 1. A rope, [Hitopadeśa] ii. [distich] 131; a cord, [Pañcatantra] 76, 17. 2. A lock of braided hair.

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

Rajju (रज्जु).—(rajjū) [feminine] cord, rope.

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

1) Rajju (रज्जु):—f. (ifc. sometimes m.; in earlier language also f(rajjū). ; [Vedic or Veda] [accusative] rajjvam; [genitive case] rajjvās, [Manu-smṛti xi, 168]; probably [from] an unused √rasj, or rajj; cf. rasanā = raśanā) a rope, cord, string, line, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc. (rajjum ā-√sthā, to have recourse to the rope, to hang one’s self, [Mahābhārata])

2) Name of [particular] sinews or tendons proceeding from the vertebral column, [Suśruta]

3) a lock of braided hair, braid (= veṇī), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) Name of a [particular] constellation, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

5) Caryota Urens, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]; a measure of 8 Hastas or 192 inches, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) cf. [Lithuanian] rezgú, ‘I plait.’

7) Rājju (राज्जु):—Vṛddhi form of rajju, in [compound]

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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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