Rikta, Riktā: 17 definitions


Rikta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Rikt.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: academia.edu: Tithikarmaguṇa in Gārgīyajyotiṣa

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”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha 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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Rikta (रिक्त) refers to one of the eight Servants (ceṭa-aṣṭaka) associated with Avyaktapīṭha (i.e., ‘the unmanifest seat’ representing the act of churning—manthāna), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—[...] The eight Servants (ceṭāṣṭaka): Ceṭaka, Dhuṃdhukāra, Nāgāri, Rikta, Rohiṇa, Aṭṭahāsa, Kadamba, Sukhabhogin.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Toxicology (Study and Treatment of poison)

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Riktā (रिक्ता) refers to “day when there is no tithi” and is taken into consideration when ascertaining the recovery for a person to be bitten by snake, as taught in the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā—an important topic from Āyurveda which deals with the study of Toxicology (Agadatantra or Sarpavidyā).—The malignant asterisms and baneful lunar phases and astral combinations, with reference to snake-bite, are discussed in the tail-end of the fourth Adhyāya. [...] The Kāśyapasaṃhitā mentions the following details regarding the Tithi (Date):—The pañcamī, ṣaṣṭhī, aṣṭamī and the day when there is no tithi [e.g., riktā] of both the pakṣas bode well for recovery for a person to be bitten by snake. More so Dangerous are the pañcamī and trayodaśī of kṛṣṇapakṣa.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Rikta (रिक्त) refers to “(that which is) trifling”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] The Bodhisattva Gaganagañja then sustained the jewel-canopy of ten thousand yojanas high over the Lord’s lion throne in the sky, joined the palms of his hands, saluted, and praised the Lord with these suitable verses: ‘[...] (9) Without discrimination (vikalpa) eliminating the middle (madhya) and the extremes (anta), [you understand] emptiness that all has a trifling (rikta) intrinsic nature (svabhāva), is worthless (tuccha) and void (vaśika). Though, knowing the complete purity (viśuddhi) of such dharmas, you explain cause (hetu) and action (karma) to living beings. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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

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

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical 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) Meghadūta 2.

2) Empty, void; devoid or deprived of, without; रिक्तभाण्डानि यत् किंचित् पुमांसश्चापरिच्छदाः (riktabhāṇḍāni yat kiṃcit pumāṃsaścāparicchadāḥ) Manusmṛti 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ṛkta (ऋक्त).—(°-), hyper-Sanskrit for rikta-, in tucchata ṛktato 'sārato Śālistambasūtra 88.14, cited Śikṣāsamuccaya 227.6; ṛkta- Lalitavistara 212.14 (prose); 214.8; and see riktamuṣṭi.

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

Rikta (रिक्त).—mfn.

(-ktaḥ-ktā-ktaṃ) 1. Empty, void. 2. Poor, indigent. 3. Unloaded, unburthened. 4. Purged. 5. Divided. 6. Abandoned. 7. Joined. n.

(-ktaṃ) 1. A wood, a forest. 2. A vacuity, a vacuum. f.

(-ktā) The fourth, ninth, or fourteenth days of the lunar fortnight. E. ric to void by stool, aff. kta .

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

Rikta (रिक्त).—[adjective] empty, void; wanting, -less (—°) poor, indigent, worthless, vain.

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

1) Rikta (रिक्त):—a riktha etc. See [column]2.

2) [from ric] b mfn. ([according to] to [Pāṇini 6-1, 208], also rikta) emptied, empty, void, [Atharva-veda] etc. etc.

3) [v.s. ...] bared (as an arm), [Meghadūta]

4) [v.s. ...] hollow, hollowed (as the hands), [Catalogue(s)]

5) [v.s. ...] poor, indigent, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] idle, worthless, [Pāṇini 8-1, 8 [Scholiast or Commentator]]

7) [v.s. ...] (ifc.) devoid or destitute of, free from, without, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

8) [v.s. ...] m. (in augury) Name of one of the four wagtails which serve for omens, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

9) [v.s. ...] of a man, [Patañjali]

10) Riktā (रिक्ता):—[from rikta > ric] f. ([scilicet] tithi) Name of the 4th, 9th, or 14th day of the lunar fortnight, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā] (cf. riktārka)

11) Rikta (रिक्त):—[from ric] n. an empty place, desert, wilderness, wood, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Rikta (रिक्त):—[(ktaḥ-ktā-ktaṃ) a.] Empty, void; poor; purged; unladen. n. A wood; a vacuity. f. The 4th, 9th and 14th of the lunar fortnight.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Rikta (रिक्त) [Also spelled rikt]:—(a) empty, void; evacuated; ~[ka] vacuum; ~[] vacancy; vacuum, void; emptiness; ~[hasta] penniless, destitute, indigent; empty-handed; hence ~[hastatā] (nf); —[karanā] to evacuate; to empty.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Rikta (ರಿಕ್ತ):—

1) [adjective] having nothing; empty or emptied; devoid or destitute of.

2) [adjective] having no value; worthless.

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Rikta (ರಿಕ್ತ):—

1) [noun] the condition of having nothing; a being devoid or destitute of.

2) [noun] the quality of being worthless; worthlessness.

3) [noun] a poor, destitute man; an indigent man.

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Rikta (ರಿಕ್ತ):—[noun] the tree Knema attenuata of ( = Myristica attenuata) of Myrsticaceae family.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Rikta (रिक्त):—adj. 1. empty; vacant; void; 2. poor; destitute; wretched;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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