Saktu, Śaktu, Shaktu: 12 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śaktu can be transliterated into English as Saktu or Shaktu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

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

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Saktu (सक्तु) refers to a food-preparation (powder of fried barley, yava) according to the Śatapathabrāhmaṇa IX.1.1.8, and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Dhāna and karambha, the Vedic offerings made of barley are referred to in Aitareyabrāhmaṇa. Dhāna is prepared by frying barley with butter. The powder of dhānā again fried with butter was called karambha. Powder of fried barley is known as saktu. Sometimes it is also used to prepare a sweet sticky dish namely yavāśir. [...] Barley preparations like yavāgū, dhāna, yāvaka and apūpa can be seen referred to in Mahābhārata.

Saktu refers to a type of “fried grain” (bhṛṣṭa-dhānya) and is classified as a type of grain (dhānya) in the section on tṛṇadhānya (grassy grains) in the Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana).—Tṛṇadhānya-prakaraṇa discusses the varieties and properties of grassy grains [...]. The properties of viz., bhṛṣṭa-dhānya (fried grains) [such as saktu, ...] are explained.

Regarding “forbidden combinations” (saṃyogaviruddha), the text says that saktu is harmful when combined with with meat and milk.

The balls prepared from saktu is classified as a ‘heavy foodstuff’ as opposed to original saktu.—Heavy food should [viz., balls prepared from saktu] to be eaten only until one is half satisfied. Light food [viz., to original saktu] can be eaten until the full satisfaction is obtained. A man whose digestive fire is weak, should abandon heavy food.

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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)

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 131. 43.
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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)

Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 5

Saktu (सक्तु) refers to “flour”, used in oblation offerings, according to verse 25.151 of the 8th-century 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)”.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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

saktu (सक्तु).—m Barley.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaktu (शक्तु).—mn. (-ktuḥ-ktu) According to some authorities only. m. plu. (śaktavaḥ) The powder or flour of barley and other grain, first fried and then ground. E. śac to go, &c., tun aff.; also read saktu .

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Saktu (सक्तु).—m. Plu.

(-ktuḥ) The flour fried and then ground. E. ṣac to moisten, Unadi aff. tun; also read śaktu.

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

Śaktu (शक्तु).—and saktu saktu, m. and n., according to some authorities only m. pl. ([Pañcatantra] 252, 10, with s), The flour of barley and other grain first fried and then ground, [Hitopadeśa] 114, 22 (ś).

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Saktu (सक्तु).—see śaktu.

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

Saktu (सक्तु).—[masculine] coarsely ground parched grains, grits, [especially] of barley.

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

1) Śaktu (शक्तु):—śaktuka, incorrect for saktu, saktuka, q.v.

2) Saktu (सक्तु):—[from saj] m. (or n. [gana] ardharcādi; also written śaktu) coarsely ground meal, grit, groats ([especially] of barley-meal), [Ṛg-veda]; etc.

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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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