Shvetaketu, Śvetaketu, Shveta-ketu: 12 definitions


Shvetaketu means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Śvetaketu can be transliterated into English as Svetaketu or Shvetaketu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shvetaketu in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु).—A Maharṣi. Birth. Śvetaketu was the son of the sage Āruṇi or Uddālaka who was born in the Gautama clan. Śvetaketu had a sister named Sujātā. Aṣṭāvakra was her son by the sage, Kahoṭaka. Thus Śvetaketu was Aṣṭāvakra’s uncle. Śvetaketu and Aṣṭāvakra grew up together in Uddālaka’s āśrama. (See under Aṣṭāvakra). (See full article at Story of Śvetaketu from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु).—A Madhyamādhvaryu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 33. 16.

1b) A son of Lāngali, an avatār of the Lord.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 200.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Shvetaketu in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु) or simply Śveta refers to a particular type of Ketus (i.e., luminous bodies such as comets and meteors), according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 11), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).— Accordingly, “Śveta Ketu [śvetaketu] is a comet which appears in the east about midnight with its tail pointing to the south. Ka Ketu is a comet of the shape of a carriage pole and appears in the west. Both the above Ketus are seen simultaneously for 7 days. If both should appear glossy, there will be prosperity and happiness in the land; if the Ka Ketu should be visible for over 7 days, there will be much suffering from wars for ten years”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Śvetaketu).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shvetaketu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु).—

1) a Bauddha or Jaina saint.

2) the descending node.

Derivable forms: śvetaketuḥ (श्वेतकेतुः).

Śvetaketu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śveta and ketu (केतु).

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

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु).—(= Pali Setaketu), name of a previous incar-nation of Śākyamuni in the Tuṣita heaven: Mahāvastu i.337.14, 18; Lalitavistara 10.16.

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

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु).—m.

(-tuḥ) A Baudd'ha or Jaina saint. E. śveta white, ketu a banner.

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

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु).—[masculine] a man’s name.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Quoted in Āpastambadharmasūtra 1, 13, 18.

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

1) Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु):—[=śveta-ketu] [from śveta > śvit] m. (śveta-) Name of a comet (also called Uddālaka-śvetá), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

2) [v.s. ...] a Jaina saint, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Auddālaki, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] of Āruṇeya, [ib.] etc.

5) [v.s. ...] of a son of Sena-jit, [Harivaṃśa]

6) [v.s. ...] of Gautama Buddha as a Bodhi-sattva, [Lalita-vistara]

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

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु):—[śveta-ketu] (tuḥ) 2. m. A Bauddha.

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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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