Vrikshachaya, Vṛkṣachāyā, Vriksha-chaya: 3 definitions


Vrikshachaya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Vṛkṣachāyā can be transliterated into English as Vrksachaya or Vrikshachaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Vrikshachhaya.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Vrikshachaya in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Vṛkṣachāyā (वृक्षछाया) refers to the “shadow of a tree”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “[...] If, as some say, there be two Rāhus, when the moon is eclipsed by one of them at rising or setting how comes it we see the sun in the opposite point uneclipsed by the other Rāhu of equal motion? The truth is that in her own eclipse, the moon enters the shadow of the earth, and in that of the sun, the solar disc. Hence, the lunar eclipse does not commence at the western limb nor the solar at the eastern limb. Just as the shadow of a tree [i.e., vṛkṣachāyāvṛkṣasya svacchāyā] neither continues in the same direction nor of the same length, so changes the shadow of the earth, night after night owing to the revolution of the sun”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vṛkṣachāyā (वृक्षछाया).—the shade of a tree.

-yam thick shade, the shade of many trees.

Vṛkṣachāyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vṛkṣa and chāyā (छाया).

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

Vṛkṣachāya (वृक्षछाय).—I. f. , the shadow of a single tree. Ii. n. the shade of many trees.

— Cf.

Vṛkṣachāya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vṛkṣa and chāya (छाय).

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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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