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Anda, aka: Aṇḍa; 3 Definition(s)


Anda means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism


1a) Aṇḍa (अण्ड).—The egg shaped universe; the vyakta-rūpa of Viṣṇu described. See also puruṣa.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 2. 54-60.

1b) Beyond Āloka. Here are the seven continents and earth surrounded by a sea of clouds.1 The golden egglike aṇḍa emerges from Īśvara's seed and attains yoni (prakṛti), the latter being the embodiment of Nārāyaṇa, in a period of a thousand years. It became heaven and earth, ākāśa being in the middle.2 The outside is covered with waters ten times the aṇḍa— covered by tejas,—successively covered by vāyu, by ākāśa, this by bhūtādi; that by mahat and that in turn by avyakta each ten times the mass of its predecessor. These are the seven prakṛtis. avyakta is kṣetra and Brahmā ksetrajña.3 Brahmā born of.4 Like the moon in kumbha rāśi at the commencement of the śukla pakṣa; there are several aṇḍas, each covered by seven characteristics of prakṛti.5

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 1. 43f; II. 19. 154-5, 160; 21. 24; III. 59. 27; IV. 2. 230-1.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 2. 29-32; 247. 43; 248. 1.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 50-52; 4. 82-9; 101. 227; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 3. 26.
  • 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 9. 122.
  • 5) Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 147-51.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism


Aṇḍa, (nt.) (Etym. unknown. Cp. Sk. aṇḍa) 1. an egg Vin.III, 3; S.II, 258; M.I, 104; A.IV, 125 sq. — 2. (pl.) the testicles Vin.III, 106. — 3. (in camm°) a water-bag J.I, 249 (see Morris J. P. T. S. 1884, 69).

—kosa shell of eggs Vin.III, 3 = M.I, 104; A.IV, 126, 176. —cheda(ka) one who castrates, a gelder J.IV, 364, 366. —ja 1. born from eggs S.III, 241 (of snakes); M.I, 73; J.II, 53 =.V, 85; Miln.267. — 2. a bird J..V, 189. —bhārin bearing his testicles S.II, 258 = Vin.III, 100. —sambhava the product of an egg, i. e. a bird Th.1, 599. —hāraka one who takes or exstirpates the testicles M.I, 383. (Page 17)

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

aṇḍa : (nt.) 1. an egg; 2. the testicles.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

about this context:

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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