Rathotsava, Ratha-utsava: 4 definitions


Rathotsava means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Rathotsava (रथोत्सव) refers to the “chariot festival” as described in the Śaivāgamas.—If there is no rathotsava or the chariot festival, the people of the kingdom become debased and evil. Therefore śāntihoma should be performed and the chariot be run again. If the chariot or a part of it breaks while being run, the earth shall break. It should be repaired immediately and śāntihoma performed.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rathōtsava (रथोत्सव).—m (S) rathōtsāha m (S) A festival in which idols are placed in their cars and paraded about.

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

rathōtsava (रथोत्सव).—m A festival in which idols are placed in their cars and paraded about.

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

Rathotsava (रथोत्सव):—[from ratha] m. a car-festival, a solemn procession of an idol mounted on a car, [Catalogue(s)]

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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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