Ratnaketu: 3 definitions


Ratnaketu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Ratnaketu (रत्नकेतु) is the name of a mountain situated at lake Mānasa and mount Gandhamādana, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. The Gandhamādana mountain lies on the eastern side of mount Meru, which is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (R) next»] — Ratnaketu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ratnaketu (रत्नकेतु).—(1) n. of several Buddhas: Suv 2.4; 8.1; 120.2, 6 (here presides over the south); Sukh 6.14 (here a former Buddha); repeatedly in Mmk, 42.21; 129.9; 130.2 f.; 132.25; 139.2 (lives in Ratnāvatī, q.v.); 289.12; 305.14; 426.7; (Ratana°, in a verse) Gv 256.7 (a former Buddha); (2) n. of one or more Bodhisattvas: Mvy 654; AsP 449.20; Samādh p. 36 line 1; (3) n. of a work: Mvy 1349; the ed. note conjectures relation to a Chin. text the title of which is rendered Mahāsamnipāta-ratnaketu- dhāraṇī; this is possibly confirmed by Mmk 109.28 where there is reference to a Ratnaketu-dhāraṇī (misprinted °dhāriṇī).

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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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