Ratnakuta, Ratnakūṭā, Ratnakūṭa, Ratna-kuta: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Ratnakūṭā (रत्नकूटा).—One of the wives of Atrimaharṣi. (Padma Purāṇa, Pātāla Khaṇḍa).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Ratnakūṭā (रत्नकूटा).—One of Atri's wives.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 76.

1b) A daughter of Bhadrāśva and Ghṛtācī.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 69.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Ratnakūṭa (रत्नकूट) is the name of an island to which Śaktideva and Satyavrata traveled to according to the “story of the golden city”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 26. Accordingly, Satyavrata said: “... there is a fair isle in the middle of the sea named Ratnakūṭa, and in it there is a temple of the adorable Viṣṇu founded by the Ocean, and on the twelfth day of the white fortnight of Āṣāḍha there is a festival there, with a procession, and people come there diligently from all the islands to offer worship. It is possible that someone there might know about the Golden City”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Ratnakūṭa, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Ratnakūṭa (रत्नकूट) is the name of a Bodhisattva mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Ratnakūṭa).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ratnakuta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ratnakūṭa (रत्नकूट).—Name of a mountain.

Derivable forms: ratnakūṭaḥ (रत्नकूटः).

Ratnakūṭa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ratna and kūṭa (कूट).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ratnakūṭa (रत्नकूट).—(1) name of a Bodhisattva: Mahāvyutpatti 659; (2) m., name of a work (includes, sometimes = Kāśyapa- parivarta; also Mahā-ratnakūṭa, qq.v.): Mahāvyutpatti 1364 °ṭaḥ; Kāśyapa Parivarta 160.1 °ṭo; Śikṣāsamuccaya 52.12; 53.17; 54.11; 55.3; 148.8; 196.11; 233.15; also °kūṭa-sūtra, Śikṣāsamuccaya 146.4. See Stael- Holstein, Kāśyapa Parivarta, p. XV f.

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

Ratnakūṭa (रत्नकूट).—m.

(-ṭaḥ) A mountain in the Dakshin. E. ratna a jewel, kūṭa a peak.

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

Ratnakūṭa (रत्नकूट).—m. a mountain in the Dekhan.

Ratnakūṭa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ratna and kūṭa (कूट).

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

1) Ratnakūṭa (रत्नकूट):—[=ratna-kūṭa] [from ratna] m. Name of a mountain, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Bodhi-sattva, [Buddhist literature]

3) [v.s. ...] n. Name of an island, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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

Ratnakūṭa (रत्नकूट):—[ratna-kūṭa] (ṭaḥ) 1. m. A southern mountain.

[Sanskrit to German]

Ratnakuta 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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