Tirthayatra, aka: Tīrthayātrā, Tirtha-yatra; 5 Definition(s)
Tirthayatra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 13. 1.
- 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 13. 135-6; 66. 43; IV. 9. 7.
- 3) Matsya-purāṇa 106. 3; 112. 20.
- 4) Ib. 244. 3.
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.
Katha (narrative stories)
Tīrthayātrā (तीर्थयात्रा) refers to a “pilgrimage to sacred places”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 49, where it is said: “pilgrimage to sacred places (tīrtayātra) is approved by the wise only for a man who cannot, according to the scriptures, attain happiness by performing the actions enjoined by the Vedas; but he who can acquire merit by offerings to the gods (deva), to the manes of deceased ancestors (pitṛ) and to the fire (agni), by vows (vrata) and muttering prayers (japa), what is the use of his wandering about on pilgrimages?”.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
Languages of India and abroad
tīrthayātrā (तीर्थयात्रा).—f (S) Pilgrimage-going. Used comprehensively or laxly.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
tīrthayātrā (तीर्थयात्रा).—f Pilgrimage-going.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
Tīrthayātrā (तीर्थयात्रा).—a visit to a holy place, a pilgrimage.
Tīrthayātrā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tīrtha and yātrā (यात्रा).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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