Rathareṇu, Ratharenu, Ratha-renu: 7 definitions


Rathareṇu 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Rathareṇu in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Rathareṇu (रथरेणु).—A measurement; 8 trasareṇu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 2. 120; Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 120.
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Rathāreṇu (रथारेणु) refers to a “speck of dust” and represents a type of absolute measurement, as defined in the texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—In the Indian value of measurement of length there are two different kinds of units, namely, the absolute and the relative. Of these, the first is based on the length of certain natural objects, while the second is obtained from the length of a particular part or limb of the person whose measurement is under consideration. They have been specified by R. N. Mishra, in his text in volume 1 of Kalātattvakośa.

8 paramāṇus (atomic size) make 1 rathāreṇu (speck of dust) or trasareṇu (mobile speck). 8 rathāreṇus make 1 romāgra (tip of a coarse hair) or valāgra (tip of a thin hair).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rathareṇu in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

rathareṇu : (m.) a mote of dust.

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

Rathareṇu refers to: “chariot-dust, ” a very minute quantity (as a measure), a mite. Childers compares Sk. trasareṇu a mote of dust, atom. It is said to consist of 36 tajjāri’s, and 36 ratha-reṇu’s are equal to one likkhā: VbhA. 343.

Note: rathareṇu is a Pali compound consisting of the words ratha and reṇu.

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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

[«previous next»] — Rathareṇu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rathareṇu (रथरेणु):—[=ratha-reṇu] [from ratha] m. the dust whirled up by a ch° (as a [particular] cubic measure = 8 Trasa-reṇus), [Agni-purāṇa]

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Rathareṇu 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

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

Ratharēṇu (ರಥರೇಣು):—[noun] a unit of cubic measure (the area in which the dust whirled by a chariot is pervaded).

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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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