Rikta, aka: Riktā; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Riktā (रिक्ता) or Riktatithi is the name of the fourth of fifteen tithis (cycle of time) according to both the Gārgīyajyotiṣa and the Śārdūlakarṇāvadāna. The associated deity for Rikta according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā is Yama. A tithi was defined as one thirtieth of a synodic month (c. 29.5 days), resulting in an average tithi being slightly less than a day.

Accordingly, “(17) The fourth tithi is called Riktā. One should perform menials act, capture oxen, do cruel things and make false witnesses. (18) On this tithi, one may engage in the annual raid of shelters. One should destroy village armies. One should know Yama as the deity”.

Source: academia.edu: Tithikarmaguṇa in Gārgīyajyotiṣa
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa 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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

rikta (रिक्त).—a (S) Empty, void, vacant. 2 fig. Destitute, devoid, unfurnished, unpossessing.

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riktā (रिक्ता).—f (S) A common term for the fourth, ninth, and fourteenth days of the lunar fortnight.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rikta (रिक्त).—a Empty, void, Fig. Destitute.

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

Rikta (रिक्त).—p. p. [ric-kta]

1) Emptied, cleared, evacuated; रिक्तः सर्वो भवति हि लघुः पूर्णता गौरवाय (riktaḥ sarvo bhavati hi laghuḥ pūrṇatā gauravāya) Me.2.

2) Empty, void; devoid or deprived of, without; रिक्तभाण्डानि यत् किंचित् पुमांसश्चापरिच्छदाः (riktabhāṇḍāni yat kiṃcit pumāṃsaścāparicchadāḥ) Ms.8.45.

4) Hollowed (as hands).

5) Indigent, poor; हाहेति जल्पति जने सुकृतीव रिक्तः (hāheti jalpati jane sukṛtīva riktaḥ) Bhāg. 9.1.23.

6) Divided, separated.

7) Worthless, useless.

8) Unloaded; see रिच् (ric).

-ktam 1 An empty space, vacuum.

2) A forest, desert, wilderness.

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Riktā (रिक्ता).—Name of the fourth, ninth, and fourteenth days of a lunar fortnight.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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