Rikshacakra, Ṛkṣacakra, Riksha-cakra: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Rikshacakra 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.

The Sanskrit term Ṛkṣacakra can be transliterated into English as Rksacakra or Rikshacakra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Rikshachakra.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Yoga Vasishtha Maharamayana

Ṛkṣacakra (ऋक्षचक्र) refers to a “sphere of the heavens”, according to the Yogavasistha 7.129.—“[...] beyond the polar circle, and afar from the sphere of the sky (ākāśamaṇḍala), there is the sphere of the starry frame [viz., ṛkṣacakra], which revolves around them at a great distance on all the ten sides. This starry (zodiacal) belt, girds the firmament up and down, from the heavens above to the infernal regions below, in the vast vacuity of space; and extends to all sides”.

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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 dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ṛkṣacakra (ऋक्षचक्र).—the circle of stars.

Derivable forms: ṛkṣacakram (ऋक्षचक्रम्).

Ṛkṣacakra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ṛkṣa and cakra (चक्र).

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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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