Shatha, aka: Śaṭha, Satha, Saṭha, Śaṭhā; 12 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śaṭha and Śaṭhā can be transliterated into English as Satha or Shatha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Śaṭha (शठ) is the Sanskrit name of one of Bharata’s sons, mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.26-33. After Brahmā created the Nāṭyaveda (nāṭyaśāstra), he ordered Bharata to teach the science to his (one hundred) sons. Bharata thus learned the Nāṭyaveda from Brahmā, and then made his sons study and learn its proper application. After their study, Bharata assigned his sons (eg., Śaṭha) various roles suitable to them.

2) Śaṭha (शठ, “deceitful”) refers to a term to be used by women who is angered addressing their beloved, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. Accordingly, “he who for his own purpose speaks sweet words but does not put them into practice is called ‘deceitful’ (śaṭha)”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Śaṭha (शठ) refers to a “hero who is cunning and lives openly with any number of women and does not keep any secret about himself” and represents one of the four kinds of “heroes” (nāyaka) in a dramatic representation, according to the Abhinaya-sara-samputa, as used within the classical tradition of Indian dance and performance, also known as Bharatanatyam.—In the depiction of any mood or sentiment, a dance performance or a dramatic representation takes the medium of the hero (nāyaka) and the heroine (nāyikas). The heroes are again classified on the basis of their erotic sentiments into four types [viz., Śaṭha].

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Śaṭha (शठ).—An asura, son of Kaśyapaprajāpati by his wife Danu. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 65, Verse 29).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Śaṭha (शठ).—Went with Kṛṣṇa to Upaplāvya to see the Pāṇḍavas;1 a son of Vasudeva and Rohiṇī; father of several sons.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 78. [95 (V) 3].
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 164, 169-70; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 15 19.

2) Śaṭhā (शठा).—Ekārṣeyas.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 200. 3.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Śaṭha (शठ) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.28, I.65) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Śaṭha) 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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saṭha : (adj.) crafty; fraudulent. (m.), a cheat.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Saṭha, (adj.) (cp. Sk. śaṭha) crafty, treacherous, fraudulent D. II, 258; III, 246; M. I, 32, 153; S. IV, 299; A. II, 41; III, 35; V, 157; Dh. 252; Vin. II, 89; Nd1 395; Miln. 250; Dāvs II. 88; DhA. III, 375; Dhtp 100 (=keṭave).—f. saṭhī Pv. II, 34. See also kerāṭika, samaya°, sāṭheyya. (Page 671)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

śaṭha (शठ).—a (S) Roguish, knavish, crafty and dishonest. 2 Applied freely in the general sense of Vile, hateful, execrable, abominable; also in the sense of Miserly, niggardly, penurious, churlish.

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saṭha (सठ).—f (ṣaṣṭhī S) The sixth day of either half-month. 2 A form of Durga. 3 See saṭavāī.

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sāṭha (साठ).—m (Commonly sāṭa) A frame-flooring &c.

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sāṭha (साठ).—a (ṣaṣṭi S) Sixty.

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sāṭhā (साठा) [or ठ्या, ṭhyā].—m A frame (as of a picture, mirror, whipsaw &c.): also the frame or box of a gāḍī or carriage, of a myānā or palanquin &c.: also the frame or skeleton of a large machine or of a building, of an animal's body (living or dead), of an umbrella &c.

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sātha (साथ).—f (sārtha S through H) Company, association, society, fellowship: also a companion, fellow, partner, mate. Pr. bhāta sōḍāvā sātha sōḍūṃ nayē.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śaṭha (शठ).—a Roguish. Vile, hateful.

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sāṭha (साठ).—a Sixty.

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sāṭhā (साठा).—m A frame.

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sātha (साथ).—f Company, fellowship; a partner.

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

Śaṭha (शठ).—a. [śaṭh-ac]

1) Crafty, deceitful, fraudulent. dishonest, perfidious.

2) Wicked, depraved.

-ṭhaḥ 1 A rogue, cheat, knave, swindler; Ms.4.3; Bg.18.28.

2) A false or deceitful lover (who pretends to love one woman while his heart is fixed on another); ध्रुवमस्मि शठः शुचि- स्मिते विदितः कैतववत्सलस्तव (dhruvamasmi śaṭhaḥ śuci- smite viditaḥ kaitavavatsalastava) R.8.49;19.31; शठ इति मयि तावदस्तु ते परिचयवत्यवधीरणा प्रिये (śaṭha iti mayi tāvadastu te paricayavatyavadhīraṇā priye) M.3.19; (the S. D. thus defines a śaṭha:-śaṭho'yamekatra baddhabhāvo yaḥ | darśitabahiranurāgo vipriyamanyatra gūḍhamācarati || 74).

3) A fool, blockhead.

4) A mediator, arbitrator.

5) The Dhattūra plant.

6) An idler, a lazy fellow.

-ṭham 1 Iron.

2) Saffron.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śaṭha (शठ).—app. as abstr. = Sanskrit śāṭhya (otherwise only rogue, or adj. tricky), trickiness: śaṭha-nikṛti-paiśunyāni tu manuṣya-gahanāni Mv i.91.17 (verse, metr. defective).

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Śāṭhā (शाठा).—(so Index and Mironov; text Śāthā), n. of a country or part of the world: Mvy 3055 (= Tibetan gyo ldan, crafty).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Śaṭha (शठ).—mfn.

(-ṭhaḥ-ṭhā-ṭhaṃ) Wicked, depraved, perverse, dishonest. m.

(-ṭhaḥ) 1. An umpire, a mediator, an arbitrator. 2. A rogne, a knave. 3. A blockhead, a fool. 4. An idler. 5. A false husband or lover, one who pretends affection to one female whilst his heart is fixed on another. 6. Thorn apple, (Dhatura metel.) n.

(-ṭhaṃ) 1. A sort of root, commonly Tagara. 2. Saffron. 3. Iron. E. śaṭh to be wicked, aff. ac .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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