Shiktha, Śiktha: 11 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śiktha can be transliterated into English as Siktha or Shiktha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: Vaisnava Agamas And Visnu Images

Siktha (सिक्थ) or Snigdha refers to processed bee-wax (madhūcchiṣṭa), as defined in treatises such as the Pāñcarātra, Pādmasaṃhitā and Vaikhānasa-āgamas, extensively dealing with the technical features of temple art, iconography and architecture in Vaishnavism.—The term Madhūcchiṣṭa (madhu + ucchiṣṭa) means bee wax. Even in modern casting technique bee wax is used by the sculptors but not the paraffin. The model icon of bee wax should be created in full (like citra) with proper dimensions which includes the ornaments, garments and attributes (āyudhas). The bee-wax is kept in the container on the tripod and melted in mild fire, says Marīci. The melted bee-wax must be purified by filtering through a new cloth before making the model icon, thus Atri and Marīci insist. The processed bee wax is known as “siktha”or “snigdha”. The siktha is beaten and rolled for the softness. This material is used to create the model icon which becomes the mould inside the garbha.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Siktha (सिक्थ) refers to “beeswax § 2.16.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śiktha (शिक्थ).—Bee's wax; cf. सिक्थ (siktha).

Derivable forms: śiktham (शिक्थम्).

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Siktha (सिक्थ).—[sic-thak Uṇādi-sūtra 2.7]

1) Boiled rice.

2) A ball or lump of boiled rice; ग्रासोद्गलितसिक्थेन का हानिः करिणो भवेत् (grāsodgalitasikthena kā hāniḥ kariṇo bhavet) Subhāṣ.

-kyam 1 Bees'-wax; गन्धोलिपालीगृहसिक्थ- कुम्भात् (gandholipālīgṛhasiktha- kumbhāt) Rām. ch.6.89.

2) Indigo; see शिक्थम् (śiktham).

Derivable forms: sikthaḥ (सिक्थः).

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

Śiktha (शिक्थ).—n.

(-kthaṃ) Bee's wax; also śikthakaṃ and sikthakaṃ .

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Siktha (सिक्थ).—m.

(-kthaḥ) 1. A handful of boiled rice. 2. Boiled rice. n.

(-kthaṃ) 1. Bee's-wax. 2. Indigo. E. ṣic to sprinkle, Unadi aff. thak .

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

Siktha (सिक्थ).—i. e. sic + tha. I. m. 1. Boiled rice. 2. A lump or ball of boiled rice, Skanda P., Kāśīkh. 81, 38. Ii. n. 1. Beeswax. 2. Indigo.

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

Siktha (सिक्थ).—[masculine] [neuter] boiled rice; [neuter] wax.

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

1) Śiktha (शिक्थ):—thaka See siktha.

2) Siktha (सिक्थ):—[from sic] mn. (ifc. f(ā). ) boiled rice from which the water has been poured off, [Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] a lump or mouthful of boiled rice kneaded into a ball, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

4) [v.s. ...] n. (also written śiktha) beeswax, [Kālacakra]

5) [v.s. ...] a collection of pearls (weighing a Dhāraṇa), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

6) [v.s. ...] indigo (= nīlī), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

1) Śiktha (शिक्थ):—(kthaṃ) 1. n. Bees' wax.

2) Siktha (सिक्थ):—(kthaḥ) 1. m. A handful or mouthful of boiled rice, boiled rice. n. Bees' wax; indigo.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Siktha (सिक्थ) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Sittha, Sitthaya.

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Shiktha 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

Śiktha (ಶಿಕ್ಥ):—[noun] a cooked grain of rice.

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Siktha (ಸಿಕ್ಥ):—

1) [noun] a well-cooked grain of rice.

2) [noun] a ball or morcel of rice.

3) [noun] a solid, yellowish, nonglycerine substance allied to fats and oils, secreted by bees, and used by them in constructing their honeycomb, employed variously in making candles, models, casts, ointments, etc.; beeswax.

4) [noun] a kind blue pigment in powder form.

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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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