Trijata, aka: Trijāta, Trijaṭā, Trijaṭa, Tri-jata; 5 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[Trijata in Ayurveda glossaries]

Trijāta (त्रिजात).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug combination.—Elā, Tvak and Patra together make Trijāta.

(Source): Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Trijata in Itihasa glossaries]

Trijaṭā (त्रिजटा) is one of those demonesses who are kind to Sītā. She told the others to be kind to their captive and not to trouble her. She tells them about the dream she had at dawn. She dreamt that Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa were seated in an ivory palanquin shining like two suns. Waiting for them, Sītā, with all the decorations of a splendid princess, dressed in white, was standing on the peak of a mountain, whereas Rāvaṇa with shaven head was dressed all in black. All that she saw a propos of Rāma and his consort are of good omen, whereas for Rāvaṇa, there were signs of death. On hearing this, all demonesses are enveloped by distress.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (rāmāyaṇa)
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Purana

[Trijata in Purana glossaries]

1) Trijaṭa (त्रिजट).—(GĀRGYA). A sage. Though he was a sage he lived by farming. He had a wife and children and his earnings from farm work were insufficient to make both ends meet. They were living in poverty and it was at that time that Rāma started for his life in exile in the forests. Before he commenced his journey to the forests he gave immense wealth to all the Brahmins who had assembled around him. At that time Trijaṭa never knew about it and when it came to the ears of Trijaṭa’s wife she ran to the fields and persuaded Trijaṭa to go and see Śrī Rāma. When Trijaṭa came to the scene, Rāma had almost finished his distribution, but Trijaṭa took courage and pushing forward through the crowd approached Rāma and said "Oh, famous King, I am a poor man with many children. Give something for this poor man who lives by farming."

Hearing this, Śrī Rāma giving him a small stick asked him to throw the stick into the midst of the cattle grazing nearby. The Brahmin tightening his clothes and getting ready threw the stick with all his might to the south. The stick fell beyond a lakh of cattle grazing there. Śrī Rāma gave him all the cattle which stood inside the area covered by the stick. (Chapter 32, Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa).

Trijaṭa was the son of Viśvāmitra. (Śloka 55, Chapter 4, Anuśāsana Parva).

2) Trijaṭā (त्रिजटा).—A servant demoness of the palace of Rāvaṇa. Trijaṭā was one among the demonesses who were deputed to entice Sītā, sitting dejected under the Aśoka tree, to the side of Rāvaṇa. All the demonesses siept around Sītā. Trijaṭā had a dream one night which is described in Chapter 27 of Sundara Kāṇḍa thus:

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Trijata in Marathi glossaries]

trijāta (त्रिजात).—n An aggregate of three spices--cinnamon, cardamons, and leaf of Laurus cassia.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

[Trijata in Sanskrit glossaries]

Trijaṭa (त्रिजट).—an epithet of Śiva.

Derivable forms: trijaṭaḥ (त्रिजटः).

Trijaṭa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and jaṭa (जट).

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Trijaṭā (त्रिजटा).—Name of a female demon, one of the Rākṣasa attendants kept by Rāvaṇa to watch over Sītā, when she was retained as a captive in the Aśoka-vanikā. She acted very kindly towards Sītā and induced her companions to do the same; सीतां मायेति शंसन्ति त्रिजटा समजीवयत् (sītāṃ māyeti śaṃsanti trijaṭā samajīvayat) R.12.74.

Trijaṭā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and jaṭā (जटा).

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Trijāta (त्रिजात).—The three spices (mace, cardamoms, cinnamon).

Derivable forms: trijātam (त्रिजातम्).

Trijāta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and jāta (जात). See also (synonyms): trijātaka.

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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