Saktu, aka: Shaktu, Śaktu; 7 Definition(s)


Saktu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Śaktu can be transliterated into English as Saktu or Shaktu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Saktu (सक्तु) refers to “ground meal”. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Saktu (सक्तु) refers to “ground and parched grains”, forming part of a common diet in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Most of the references to the articles of diet occur in the Nīlamata in connection with the offerings made to the gods but it is not difficult to infer from them the food and drink of the common people because “what a man eats his gods eat”.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Saktu (सक्तु).—The flour of grain not to be taken during nights.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 131. 43.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Saktu (सक्तु) refers to “flour”, used in oblation offerings, according to verse 25.151 of the Īśvarasaṃhitā. Accordingly, “roasted patties of śāli, mixed up with jīraka and others, shaken in baked jaggery and rolled into mass, all to be kept separated (from each other)”.

Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 5
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

saktu (सक्तु).—m S Barley. 2 Used sometimes in the sense of its derivatives sattū, sātū, satavā.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

saktu (सक्तु).—m Barley.

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

Śaktu (शक्तु).—m., n. The flour or meal of barley, barleymeal; see सक्तु (saktu).

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Saktu (सक्तु).—m. pl. [sañj-tun kicca] The flour of barley first fried and then ground, barley-meal; भिक्षासक्तुभिरेव संप्रति वयं वृत्तिं समीहामहे (bhikṣāsaktubhireva saṃprati vayaṃ vṛttiṃ samīhāmahe) Bh.3.64.

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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Relevant definitions

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Dadhisaktu (दधिसक्तु).—m. plu. always (-ktavaḥ) Barley meal mixed with curds. E. dadhi, and sak...
Udakasaktu (उदकसक्तु).—ground rice moistened with water. Derivable forms: udakasaktuḥ (उदकसक्तु...
Saktuphalā (सक्तुफला).—the Śamī tree.Saktuphalā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ...
Dadhi (दधि) refers to “curd” representing one of the five Pañcagavya (five cow-products), as de...
sattu (सत्तु).—m Barley.
Śaktuka (शक्तुक).—(°-), in comp. (= Sanskrit saktu, AMg. sattuga), grits or meal: yadi mamāntik...
Sātū is one of the Brāhmaṇa donees mentioned in the “Asankhali plates of Narasiṃha II” (1302 A....
Titau (तितौ).—mn. (-uḥ-u) A sieve, a cribble. E. tan to spread or scatter, (grain, &c.) uu ...
Dārṣada (दार्षद).—mfn. (-daḥ-dī-daṃ) 1. Ground on a flat stone, (meal, &c.) 2. Stony, of st...
Oṣadhimadya (ओषधिमद्य, “herb wine”) refers to one of the three types of wine (madhya) according...
Tilapiṇḍa (तिलपिण्ड) refers to “balls of sesamum”, used in oblation offerings, according to ver...
satuvā (सतुवा).—m (saktu S) Flour of parched barley &c. See sātū.

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