Samketa, aka: Saṃketa; 3 Definition(s)


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Saṃketa (संकेत) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.59) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Saṃketa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saṃketa (संकेत).—

1) An intimation, allusion.

2) A sign, gesture, hint; Mu.1.

3) An indicatory sign, mark, token.

4) Agreement, convention; संकेतो गृह्यते जातौ गुणद्रव्यक्रियासु च (saṃketo gṛhyate jātau guṇadravyakriyāsu ca) S. D.12.

5) Engagement, appointment, assignation (made by a mistress or lover); नामसमेतं कृतसंकेतं वादयते मृदु वेणुम् (nāmasametaṃ kṛtasaṃketaṃ vādayate mṛdu veṇum) Gīt.5.

6) A place of meeting (for lovers), rendezvous; सा स्वैरिण्येकदा कान्तं संकेतं उपनेष्यति (sā svairiṇyekadā kāntaṃ saṃketaṃ upaneṣyati) Bhāg.11. 8.23; कान्तार्थिनी तु या याति संकेतं साभिसारिका (kāntārthinī tu yā yāti saṃketaṃ sābhisārikā) Ak.

7) Condition, provision.

8) A short explanatory rule (in gram.)

Derivable forms: saṃketaḥ (संकेतः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saṃketa (संकेत).—m. (in Sanskrit agreement, esp. rendezvous, and agreed sign or gesture; in AMg. saṃkeya app. gesture in general), (1) perh. gesture, in next, q.v.; but it may mean conventional term; (2) conventional designation, with im- plication of unreality (see saṃketika): Mvy 2776, follows vyavahāra, q.v.; = Tibetan brdaḥ, which may mean gesture; token, symbol; explanation; word (the last probably here, with the above implication); (of the Tathāgatakāya) sāmānyaḥ °tena, °taḥ paramārthena Samādh 22.11, universal by convention, a (mere) convention(al term) in very truth; saṃketamātram evedam Laṅk 202.15 = 339.11; nāma- saṃjñā-saṃketābhiniveśena…bālāś cittam anusaranti 225.6; dharma-°ta evāyaṃ (this world)…°tāc ca pṛthag- bhūto na jāto na nirudhyate 289.8—9 (verse); (āhvānāya) °to Bbh 389.20, see vyavahāra; perh. here Mv i.78.10 (verse), which is textually dubious, (pravartate tatha pariśeṣa- bhūmiṣu, mss. °śeṣāsu bhū°,) sāmānyasaṃketānāṃ nirūpa- ṇaṃ (mss. °ketāni rūpāṇāṃ); the reading of the mss. could be translated, so there are in use in regard to the other stages (of a Bodhisattva) the common conventional expressions of their forms (the meter is uncertain).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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