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Chakra A word with a number of meanings: a wheel; a circle; a discus – the weapon of Viṣṇu (hence also a symbol of the deity); a cycle or period of time; also the physiological centers of prāṇic vitality in the human body. In Buddhism the chakra is a favorite symbol, especially associated with Gautama the Buddha, for he is represented as setting a new chakra in motion: his disciples, in broadcasting his message are often referred to as ‘turning the wheel.’ As the weapon of Viṣṇu, the chakra means “the whirling wheel of spiritual will and power.” (W. Q. Judge, in footnote, Bh.G. 80.)

Chekitāna An ally of the Pāṇḍavas: a son of Dhṛṣṭaketu (or Kaikeya), the father-in-law of Kṛṣṇa and Rāja (king) of the Kekayas, (one of the chief nations in the war of the Mahābhārata). (Bh.G. 2)

Chitraratha The king of the Gandharvas (q.v.). (m. having a fine car. Bh.G. 74)