Vitta: 22 definitions


Vitta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vitta (वित्त).—A pupil of Kuśumi.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 43.

1b) A Pratardana god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 31.

1c) A Sukha god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 18.

1d) A mukhya gaṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 18.

1e) Wealth is wealth to the extent it is useful; to be divided among five: dharma, celebrity, productive purposes, pleasure, and relatives.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 19. 27 and 37.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Kamakoti Mandali: The Yoginis of Narasimha Vyuha

Vittā (वित्ता) is the name of a Mātṛkā-Śakti created by Mahārudra in order to control the plague of demons created by Andhakāsura.—Accordingly, Andhaka-Asura tried to kidnap Umā (Devī Pārvatī), and was fiercely attacked by Mahārudra who shot arrows at him from his mahāpināka. when the arrows pierced the body of Andhakāsura, drops of blood fell to earth and from those drops, thousands of Andhakas arose. To control this plague of demons, Mahārudra created Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Vittā] and ordered them to drink the blood of the demons and drain them dry.

Source: Kamakoti Mandali: Nrisimha matrika-mandala

Vittā (वित्ता) refers to one of the various Mātṛkā-Śaktis created by Rudra in order to destroy the clones that spawned from Andhaka’s body.—Accordingly, [...] Andhakāsura attempted to abduct Girājanandinī (Pārvatī) and thus ensued a fierce battle between Andhakāsura and the great Rudra, the Lord of Umā. Like raktabīja, every drop of blood that fell from the body of Andhaka created another Asura like him and in no time, the entire world was filled with Andhakas. To destroy the growing number of Andhakas, Rudra created innumerable Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Vittā]. These Śaktis of immense power at once began to drink every drop of blood that flowed from the body of Andhaka, but they could still not effectively contain the emergence of more and more demons.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Vitta (वित्त) refers to “property”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 3), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The dark spots, also known as ketus, the sons of Rāhu are Tāmasa, Kīlaka and the like, and are 33 in number. How they affect the earth depends upon their color, position and shape. [...] Even Ṛṣis, reduced to mere skeletons by starvation, giving up their pious course of life, with fleshless infants in their arms. Deprived of their property by highway men [i.e., taskara-vilupta-vitta], with long sighs, closed eyes, emaciated bodies, and with their sight dimmed with the tears of sorrow will proceed with difficulty to other lands”.

Source: Google Books: Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences (Astronomy)

Vitta (वित्त) refers to “wealth”, according to the Ghaṭikāyantraghaṭanāvidhi, an unpublished manuscript describing the ritual connected with the setting up of the water clock and its invocation.—Accordingly, “[...] Now he tells the fruit of the rotation of the bowl, starting from the east etc., and ending in the middle. According as the bowl rotates in cardinal directions from the east up to the middle of the basin, it causes respectively the good fortune of having the husband alive and devoted (saubhāgya), death, near death of the bride (vadhū-mṛtisama), the body full of diseases, the girl becomes the favourite [of all], resembles a courtesan, (?) virtuous, endowed with sons, wealth and relatives [i.e., suta-vitta-bandhu-sahita]. Staying in the middle, [the bowl] grants noble [sons]. If the bowl becomes full (pūrṇā)[ and sinks] in the north, northeast, or in the east, it bestows auspiciousness; if it sinks (magnā) in the remaining directions, it is said to inflict widowhood on the girl”.

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (architecture)

Vitta (वित्त) refers to “money”, according to the Mohacūrottara (verse 4.234-243).—Accordingly, [while describing the construction of the maṭha]—“[...] At a distance of 1½-times the previously given distance, and half that, as is suitable, is a single maṭhikā, in the form of a set of four awnings. The storeys are as have already been taught. If money is lacking (vitta-abhāva), a hut is approved. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Vitta (वित्त) refers to “revenues”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, “Now there lived a Brahmin called Viṣṇudatta in Navanagara. He was wealthy with great riches, great revenues (prabhūta-vitta); he was endowed with copious acquisitions and means of subsistence. He had mastered the Vedas and Vedāṅgas. He was a mantra-reciter and mantra-practitioner. He summoned Nāgas again and again. He sacrificed fire oblations. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Vitta (वित्त) refers to “wealth”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Connections with pleasing sense objects, whose impressions are full of deceit like dreams, perish immediately. Families, armies, empires, decorations and wealth (vittarājyālaṃkāravittāni) are asserted by the great seers as acting like a series of clouds”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vitta : (nt.) wealth; property.

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

1) Vitta, 3 (pp. of vic to sift, cp. Sk. vikta) see vi°. (Page 621)

2) Vitta, 2 (adj.) (identical with vitta1) gladdened, joyful, happy J. III, 413 (=tuṭṭha); IV, 103; Vv 414 (=tuṭṭha C.); 4414 (id.), 495 (id.). (Page 621)

3) Vitta, 1 (orig. pp. of vindati=Av. vista, Gr. a)/istos, Lat. vīsus; lit. one who has found, acquired or recognized; but already in Vedic meaning (as nt.) “acquired possessions”) property, wealth, possessions, luxuries S. I, 42; Sn. 181 sq. 302; J. V, 350, 445; VI, 308; Pv. II, 81 (=vittiyā upakaraṇa-bhūtaṃ vittaṃ PvA. 106).—Often in phrase °ûpakaraṇa possessions & means, i.e. wealth, e.g. D. I, 134; S. I, 71; IV, 324; Pug. 52; Dh. I, 295; PvA. 3, 71. Vittaṃ is probably the right reading S. I, 126 (15) for cittaṃ. Cf. p. 123 (3); K. S. I. 153, n. 3. (Page 620)

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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

viṭṭa (विट्ट).—m (viṭaṇēṃ) Disgrace or dishonoredness; ridiculed, reviled, blasted, marred, dished, spoiled state. Used freely of persons, things, actions, affairs.

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vitta (वित्त).—n (S) Money. 2 Substance, property, possessions in general.

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vitta (वित्त).—p S Known or understood.

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

vitta (वित्त).—n Money; property. p Known.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vitta (वित्त).—p. p. [vid lābhe kta]

1) Found, discovered.

2) Gained, acquired.

3) Examined, investigated.

4) Known, famous.

-tam 1 Wealth, possessions, property, substance.

2) Power.

3) Gold; L. D. B.

4) The second astrological mansion.

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

Vitta (वित्त).—mfn.

(-ttaḥ-ttā-ttaṃ) 1. Judged, investigated, examined, discussed. 2. Known, famous. 3. Gained, acquired. n.

(-ttaṃ) 1. Wealth, property, thing, substance. 2. Power. E. vid to know, to discuss, to acquire, aff. kta, form irr.; vittyate tyajyate vitta-ghañ .

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

Vitta (वित्त).—1. [adjective] known, celebrated.

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Vitta (वित्त).—2. [adjective] got, acquired; seized or visited by (—°); [feminine] ā taken, married; [neuter] anything found or got; wealth, money, property.

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

1) Vitta (वित्त):—a See under √1. vid etc.

2) [from vid] 1. vitta mfn. (for 2. See under √3. vid) known, understood (See [compound])

3) [v.s. ...] celebrated, notorious, famous for ([compound]), [Daśakumāra-carita] (cf. [Pāṇini 8-2, 58]).

4) [from vid] 2. vitta mfn. (for 1. See p.963) found, acquired, gained, obtained, possessed, [Atharva-veda; Brāhmaṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] caught or seized by ([instrumental case] or [compound]), [Brāhmaṇa; Kauśika-sūtra]

6) Vittā (वित्ता):—[from vitta > vid] f. taken, married (as a woman), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

7) Vitta (वित्त):—[from vid] n. anything found, a find, [Aitareya-brāhmaṇa]

8) [v.s. ...] (in later language also [plural]) acquisition, wealth, property, goods, substance, money, power, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

9) [v.s. ...] the second astrological mansion, [Varāha-mihira’s Yogayātrā]

10) [from vid] 3. vitta mfn. = vicārita, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) Vītta (वीत्त):—[=vī-tta] mfn. (for vi-datta, √1. ), [Atharvaveda-prātiśākhya [Scholiast or Commentator]] (cf. parī-tta).

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

Vitta (वित्त):—[(ttaḥ-ttā-ttaṃ) a.] Judged; known; gained. n. Wealth; thing.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Vitta (वित्त) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vitta.

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Vitta in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Vitta (वित्त) [Also spelled vitt]:—(nm) finance; wealth; -[kārya] financial affairs; ~[dātā] a financer; •[baiṃka] a financing bank; -[prabaṃdha] financing; -[maṃtrālaya] Finance Ministry; -[maṃtrī] Finance Minister; -[varṣa] financial year; -[vidheyaka] finance bill; -[vibhāga] finance department; -[viśeṣajña] financial expert; -[vyavasthā] financial set-up; -[saṃcaya] accumulation of wealth; -[saciva] Finance Secretary; -[sādhana] financial resources; ~[hīna] indigent, poor; hence ~[hīnatā] (nf).

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Vitta (वित्त) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Vitta.

2) Vitta (वित्त) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vṛtta.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vitta (ವಿತ್ತ):—

1) [adjective] famous; renowned; widely and favourably known.

2) [adjective] analytically dealt with; cogitated; deliberated upon.

3) [adjective] (said of income, salary, etc.) earned; got; received.

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Vitta (ವಿತ್ತ):—

1) [noun] the fact or quality of being famous; fame; renown; (good) reputation.

2) [noun] a famous, renowned man.

3) [noun] wages, salary or other recompense earned (as by working); earnings; income.

4) [noun] money.

5) [noun] gold.

6) [noun] (astrol.) the second house from one’s birth house.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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