Vatacakra, Vātacakra, Vata-cakra: 5 definitions



Vatacakra 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vatachakra.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Vatacakra in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Vātacakra (वातचक्र) refers to the “circle of wind” and is the name of the sixteenth chapter of the Gārgīyajyotiṣa. It is similar to the 27th chapter of Vārahamihira’s work known as the Bṛhatsaṃhitā. The Gārgīyajyotiṣa is one of the most comprehensive of Garga’s texts and written in the form of a dialogue between Krauṣṭuki (Ṛṣiputra) and Garga discussing astral and other omens, comprising a total of sixty-two chapters (viz., vāta-cakra), known as aṅgas and summarized in the Aṅgasamuddiśa (“enumeration of the divisions”, introductory portion).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vatacakra in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vātacakra (वातचक्र).—n S The region of the wind, i. e. the space aloft. 2 In modern use. The atmosphere. 3 A whirlwind. Ex. vātacakrīṃ paḍatā tṛṇa || hēṃ bhūmīsa na paḍē māgutēna ||.

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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 dictionary

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

Vātacakra (वातचक्र).—the circular markings of a compass.

Derivable forms: vātacakram (वातचक्रम्).

Vātacakra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vāta and cakra (चक्र).

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

Vātacakra (वातचक्र):—[=vāta-cakra] [from vāta > vā] n. ‘w°-circle’, the circular markings of a compass, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Vātacakra (वातचक्र):—n. Windrose [Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. S. 7, Z. 2.] Unterschr. in Adhy. [27.] [ 34. 36.]

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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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