1. right (opp vāma left), with a tinge of the auspicious, lucky prominent: Vin.ii.195 (hattha); Pv-a.112, Pv-a.132 (id.) Pts.i.125. hattha, pāda, etc. with ref. to a Tathāgata’s body); Ja.i.50 (˚passa the right side); Pv-a.178 (id.), Pv-a.112 (˚bāhu); Snp.p.106 (bāha); Pv-a.179 (˚jānumaṇḍalena with the right knee: in veneration).
  2. skilled, well-trained (= dakkha) Ja.vi.512 (Com. susikkhita).
  3. (of that point of the compass which is characterized through “orientation” by facing the rising sun, & then lies on one’s right:) southern, usually in combination with disā (direction): DN.iii.180 (one of the 6 points, see disā), DN.iii.188 sq. (id.); MN.i.487; MN.ii.72; SN.i.145, etc.
  • -āvattaka (adj.) winding to the right DN.ii.18 (of the hairs of a Mahāpurisa, the 14th of his characteristics or auspicious signs; cp. BSk. dakṣiṇāvarta a precious shell, i.e. a shell the spiral of which turns to the right Avs.i.205; Divy.51, Divy.67, Divy.116); Ja.v.380;
  • -janapada the southern country the “Dekkan” (= dakkhiṇaṃ) DN.i.96, DN.i.153 (explained by Bdhgh as “Gangāya dakkhiṇato pākaṭa-janapado” DN-a.i.265);
  • -samudda the southern sea Ja.i.202.

Vedic dakṣiṇa, Av. dašinō; adj. formation fr. adv. *deksi = *deksinos, cp. purāṇa fr. purā viṣuṇa fr. viṣu, Lat. bīni (= bisni) fr. bis. From same root *deks are Lat. dexter (with compar
■ antithetic suffix ter = Sk. tara, as in uttara) & Gr.; δεςιτερός cp. also Goth. taihswa (right hand), Ohg. zeso & zesawa See dakkha for further connections