Ritukala, Ṛtukāla, Ritu-kala: 11 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Ṛtukāla can be transliterated into English as Rtukala or Ritukala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ritukala in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Ṛtukāla (ऋतुकाल).—The time that is most auspicious for sexual intercourse for a woman with her husband. In ancient India certain days were prescribed as the best period for women to become pregnant. This period is called Ṛtukāla. (Ṛtu—Menstruation. Kāla—time, period.)

The sixteen days following menstruation are supposed to be good; but the first three days are not very good and it is advisable not to have sexual intercourse during those days. The next even days beginning with the fourth day (4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th and 16th) are the best days for coitus if a male issue (a son) is desired. The odd days (5th, 7th, 9th, 11th 13th, 15th) are to be preferred if a female issue (daughter) is desired. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 151).

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Ṛtukāla (ऋतुकाल) refers to a “woman’s season”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(The true teacher is dedicated to) truthfulness, ritual purity and cleanliness, compassion, and forbearance; he unites with his wife when it is her season [i.e., ṛtukāla], not out of passion, but for a son for the benefit of (his) clan and lineage. He practices the six magical rites, bathes (regularly) and worships at the three times of day. [...]”.

2) Ṛtukāla (ऋतुकाल) refers to the “Goddess’s fertile period”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “The energy you are, (O goddess) is the god Time who abides perpetually on the plane of the (ultimate) goal. Kula is Śrīnāthabhairava who is in the midst of the (the lunar energies of the Goddess’s) fertile period (ṛtukālaṛtukālasya madhye tu). [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ṛtukāla (ऋतुकाल).—

1) the time of menstruation, time favourable for conception, i. e. 16 nights from menstrual discharge; see ऋतु (ṛtu) above.

2) the duration of a season.

Derivable forms: ṛtukālaḥ (ऋतुकालः).

Ṛtukāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ṛtu and kāla (काल). See also (synonyms): ṛtusamaya, ṛtuvelā.

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

Ṛtukāla (ऋतुकाल).—m.

(-laḥ) 1. The duration of a season. 2. The period of menstruation. 3. The period favourable for procreation, sixteen days in each month. E. ṛtu and kāla time.

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

Ṛtukāla (ऋतुकाल).—m. 1. seasonable time, Mahābhārata 3, 14763. 2. time approved for sexual intercourse, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 45. Eka-kāla + m, adv. once, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 6, 55.

Ṛtukāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ṛtu and kāla (काल).

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

Ṛtukāla (ऋतुकाल).—[masculine] the time of the season or the time of menstruation.

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

1) Ṛtukāla (ऋतुकाल):—[=ṛtu-kāla] [from ṛtu > ṛ] m. the fit or proper season, [Mahābhārata iii, 14763]

2) [v.s. ...] the time of a woman’s courses, the time after the courses (favourable for procreation See above), [Śāṅkhāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Manu-smṛti iii, 45; v, 153; Mahābhārata; Pañcatantra]

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

Ṛtukāla (ऋतुकाल):—[ṛtu-kāla] (laḥ) 1. m. Season.

[Sanskrit to German]

Ritukala 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ṛtukāla (ಋತುಕಾಲ):—

1) [noun] any of the six seasons, of two months each, of the year.

2) [noun] the period during which menstruation occurs.

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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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