Tithi, Tithī: 20 definitions

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Tithi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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.

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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Tithi (तिथि).—Days of the Vedic calendar measured according to the phases of the moon.

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Tithi (तिथि) refers to a “lunar day”:—There are approximately 29.5 lunar days in a lunar month. The first fifteen days begin with the first phase of the waxing moon (pratipat) and end with the full moon (pūrṇimā). The list then repeats itself with the first phase of the waning moon (pratipat) and ends with the new moon (amāvasyā).

  1. pratipat (prathama)
  2. dvitīyā;
  3. tṛtīyā;
  4. caturthī;
  5. ṣaṣṭhī;
  6. saptamī;
  7. aṣṭamī;
  8. navamī;
  9. ekādaśī;
  10. dvādaśī;
  11. trayodaśī;
  12. caturdaśī;
  13. pañcamī;
  14. daśamī;
  15. pūrṇimā or amāvasyā;

In accordance with the lunar day, one would utter, for example, ekādaśī-tithau.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Tithi (तिथि) refers to “lunar day”. The term is used throughout Jyotiṣa literature.

Source: archive.org: South Indian Festivities (astronomy)

Tithi is the time occupied by the Moon in increasing her distance from the Sun by 12 degrees; in other words, at the exact point of time, when the Moon (whose apparent motion is much faster than that of the Sun), moving eastwards from the Sun after the amavasya, leaving the Sun behind by 12 degrees.

Each of the pakshas consists of fifteen tithis. A tithi is the time required by the moon to increase its distance from the sun westwardby twelve degrees of the zodiac. As the true motions of the sun and the moon vary with their positions in their orbits the length or duration of a tithi is also variable. There are names given to these tithis of the fortnight and the fifteenth tithi of the bright fortnight is called the Paurnamasya-tithi or the full-moon, while the fifteenth tithi of the dark fortnight goes by the name Amavasya-tithi or the new-moon. In fact, the tull-moon and the new-moon mark the ends of the respective fortnights ot the month, bright and dark.

Source: academia.edu: Tithikarmaguṇa in Gārgīyajyotiṣa

Tithi (तिथि).—Within the Indian context, the tithi was likely conceived originally as a means to keep track of the phases of the Moon, with the assumption that a lunar month from one Full Moon to the next is always made up of thirty tithis. A tithi was thus defined as one thirtieth of a synodic month (c. 29.5 days), resulting in an average tithi being slightly less than a day.

According to the refers to the Tithikarmaguṇā of the Gārgīyajyotiṣa, tithi refers to a “cycle of time”. The fifteen tithis conceived as a cycle of time, in either white or dark pakṣa, with each tithi associated with a deity and the corresponding auspicious and inauspicious acts for a Brahmin in service to a king. In the Gārgīyajyotiṣa, the tithis are enumerated from after the Full Moon and a tithi is defined as a day less two lavas resulting inevitably in the tithis beginning from different parts of the day.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms

Tithi (तिथि).—A lunar day, or one-thirtieth of a synodic month. Note: Tithi is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Tithi (तिथि).—An Ārṣeya pravara of Bhārgavas.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 38.
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra

Tithi (तिथि) refers to the sixth of āyādiṣaḍvarga, six principles that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object, according to the Mānasāra. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.

Tithi is the 30th part of the whole cycle of lunation (thirty lunar days, approximately equal to twenty-seven solar days), fifteen of which is “light” (the waxing phase of the moon, inc1uding full-moon) and fifteen, dark (its waning phase including new-moon). In addition to the days of paurṇamī, full-moon, and āmāvāsī, new-moon, the names of tithi simply follow the numeric order that the days occur before full- and new-moons, as prathamā, first, dvitīyā, second, and so on, up to fourteenth (day). The text states that among these, aṣṭamī, eighth, and navamī, ninth day after the full and new moons, are inauspicious, and must be avoided.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Hindupedia: Pañcāṅga

Tithi (तिथि).—Tithi is one lunar day which is defined as the day in which the moon, leaving the sun at the last moment of amāvāsyā or new-moon, traverses twelve degrees towards the east, every day. The tithis are counted from the day next to amāvāsya as pratipad (‘the first’), dvitīyā (‘the second’), tṛtīyā (‘the third’) and so on, up to the fifteenth which is purṇimā (full-moon day). The same calculation is continued after that, in the same way, ending with the amāvāsyā (the new-moon day). The first fortnight is called śuklapakṣa (the bright fortnight) and the second, kṛṣṇapakṣa (the dark fortnight). Consequently a tithi has to be qualified by this also. For instance, the fourth day after amāvāsyā is śukla-caturthī. The eighth day after purṇimā is kṛṣṇa-aṣṭamī.

Source: ACHC: Smarta Puja

Tithi (तिथि) refers to “lunar days”.—Either half [of a month, viz., śuklapakṣa and kṛṣṇapakṣa] consists of fifteen lunar days (tithi) of which the full moon day (paurṇimā) and the new moon day (amavāsya) are very important. Of the tithis, the fourth one of the bright half (vināyaki-caturthi) and of the dark half (saṃkaṭa-caturthi) are important for the worship of Ganapati, the eleventh (ekādasī) for the worship of Viṣṇu, Of the days of the week, Monday is a good day for Śiva worship, Tuesday and Friday for Devī, Tuesday also for Ganapati, Thursday for Dattatreya, Saturday for Saturn and—only in Maharashtra—for Hanumat, Sunday for Khaṇḍoba.

India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Tithi.—(CII 3; IA 17), a lunar day; one mean tithi is equal to 0.9843529572 of a mean solar day and night; the mean tithis in a solar year are 371, and 3 ghaṭīs and 53.4 palas; gener- ally the term tithi means the end of a tithi, not its beginning or duration, and the week-day of a tithi is the week-day on which that tithi ends; the tithis given in the Pañcāṅga are apparent, not mean, and they are intended to be given from apparent sunrise. Cf. Tamil tiyadi, tedi (SITI), a date. (IE 7-1-2), ‘fifteen’. (EI 16), same as mahā-tithi, an auspicious tithi; cf. saptamī called the tithi of the sun-god and aṣṭamī that of the god Śiva (Ep. Ind., Vol. V, p. 168, note 4). Note: tithi is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

tithi : (f.) a lunar day.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Tithi, (Sk. tithi) a lunar day DhA. I, 174; PvA. 198. (Page 302)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

tithi (तिथि).—f (S) A lunar day, 1&2044;30 of a whole lunation.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

tithi (तिथि).—f A lunar day.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tithi (तिथि).—m. or f. [अत्-इथिन् पृषो° वा ङीप् (at-ithin pṛṣo° vā ṅīp) cf. Uṇ.4.2]

1) A lunar day; तिथिरेव तावन्न शउद्ध्यति (tithireva tāvanna śauddhyati) Mu.5; Ku.6.93, 7.1.

2) The number '15'.

Derivable forms: tithiḥ (तिथिः).

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Tithī (तिथी).—f. (= tithiḥ q. v.) Mb.13.

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

Tithi (तिथि).—mf. (-thiḥ-thiḥ or -thī) A lunar day, 1-30th of a whole lunation. E. at to go, to proceed, affix ithin and the radical initial rejected; also ṅīṣ being added tithī.

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

Tithi (तिथि).—m. and f., also tithī, f. A lunar day, (1/30) of a whole lunation, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 30; Mahābhārata 13, 4238.

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

Tithi (तिथि).—[masculine] [feminine] a lunar day (also tithī [feminine]); viśeṣa a particular i.[drama]*

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

1) Tithi (तिथि):—mf. ([Siddhānta-kaumudī stry. 25]) a lunar day (30th part of a whole lunation of rather more than 27 solar days; 15 Tithis, during the moon’s increase, constitute the light half of the month and the other 15 the dark half; the auspicious Tithis are Nandā, Bhadrā, Vijayā, Pūrṇā, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā ic, 2]), [Gobhila-śrāddha-kalpa i f.; Śāṅkhāyana-gṛhya-sūtra; Manu-smṛti] etc.

2) the number 15 [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhajjātaka; Laghujātaka, by Varāha-mihira; Sūryasiddhānta]

3) cf. janma-, dus-, mahā-.

4) Tithī (तिथी):—[from tithi] f. a lunar day, [Mahābhārata xiii, 4238.]

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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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