Rathika, Rathikā: 14 definitions


Rathika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Rathika (रथिक) refers to “charioteers”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 15) (“On the nakṣatras—‘asterisms’”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “Those who are born on the lunar day of Hasta will be thieves, dealers in elephants, charioteers (rathika), chief ministers, painters, merchants and dealers in pod-grains; learned in the Śāstras and of bright appearance. Those who are born on the lunar day of Citrā will be dealers in jewels, precious stones, fine cloths, writers and singers, manufacturers of perfumes, good mathematicians, weavers, surgeons, oculists and dealers in Rājadhānya. [...]”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Rathika.—superintendent of chariots (Ep. Ind., Vol. XVIII, p. 156). Note: rathika 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 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

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

rathika : (m.) one who fights in a chariot. || rathikā (f.), street.

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

Rathikā, & Rathiyā (f.) (Vedic rathya belonging to the chariot, later Sk. rathyā road. See also racchā) a carriage-road.—(a) rathikā: Vin. II, 268; Vism. 60; PvA. 4, 67.—(b) rathiyā: D. I, 83; Vin. I, 237, 344; M. II, 108; III, 163; S. I, 201; II, 128; IV, 344. In compn rathiya°, e.g. rathiya-coḷa “street-rag” Vism. 62 (explained as rathikāya chaḍḍita-coḷaka). (Page 565)

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Rathika, (fr. ratha) fighter fr. a chariot, charioteer M. I, 397 (saññāto kusalo rathassa aṅga-paccaṅgānaṃ); D. I, 51 (in list of var. occupations, cp. DA. I, 156); J. VI, 15 (+patti-kārika), 463 (id.). (Page 565)

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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

Rathika (रथिक).—a. (- f.) [रथ-ठन् (ratha-ṭhan)]

1) Riding in a carriage.

2) The owner of a carriage.

-kaḥ A cartwright.

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

Rathika (रथिक).—m.

(-kaḥ) The owner of a car, or one who rides in it. E. ratha, ṣṭhan aff.

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

Rathika (रथिक).—i. e. ratha + ika, m. The owner of, or rider in, a car.

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

Rathika (रथिक).—[masculine] owner or driver of a carriage.

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

1) Rathika (रथिक):—[from ratha] mf(ī)n. going by carriage or chariot, the driver or owner of a car or chariot, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a cartwright (See bhūmi-r)

3) [v.s. ...] Dalbergia Ougeinensis, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Rathika (रथिक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. The owner of a car.

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

Rathika (रथिक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Rahia.

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Rathika 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

Rathika (ರಥಿಕ):—[noun] = ರಥಿ - [rathi -] 1.

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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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