Shitanaraka, Śītanaraka, Shita-naraka: 1 definition


Shitanaraka means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Śītanaraka can be transliterated into English as Sitanaraka or Shitanaraka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Śītanaraka (शीतनरक) refers to the “eight cold hells” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 122):

  1. arbuda (the tumourous hell),
  2. nirarbuda (the very tumourous hell),
  3. aṭaṭa (the squealing hell),
  4. apapa (the running hell),
  5. hāhādhara (the grieving hell),
  6. utpala (the blue-lotus hell),
  7. padma (the red-lotus hell),
  8. mahāpadma (the great red-lotus hell).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., śīta-naraka). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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