Andha, aka: Andhā; 9 Definition(s)

Introduction

Andha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

[Andha in Purana glossaries]

Andha (अन्ध).—R. of Bhāratavarṣa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 19. 18.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Andha in Itihasa glossaries]

Andha (अन्ध) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. V.101.16/V.103) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Andha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Andha in Theravada glossaries]

Mentioned in the Samantapasadika (*), together with the Damilas, as being non Ariyan (milakkha); the name is probably the same as Andhaka(a) (q.v.).

(*) i.255; see also VibhA.387-8, where the Andhaka language is mentioned. In Buddhaghosas time the Vedas were taught in the Andha language also (MA.i.113).

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Andha in Pali glossaries]

andha : (adj.) 1. blind; 2. foolish.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Andha, (adj.) (Vedic andha, Lat. andabata (see Walde, Lat. Wtb. s. v.), other etym. doubtful) 1. (lit.) blind, blinded, blindfolded J.I, 216 (dhūm°); Pv IV.148; PvA.3. — dark, dull, blinding M.III, 151 (°andhaṃ adv. dulled); Sn.669 (Ep. of timisa, like Vedic andhaṃ tamaḥ); DhA.II, 49 (°vana dark forest). — 2. (fig.) mentally blinded, dull of mind, foolish, not seeing D.I, 191 (+ acakkhuka), 239 (°veṇi, reading & meaning uncertain); A.I, 128; Th.2, 394 (= bāla ThA.258). See cpds. °karaṇa, °kāra, °bāla, °bhūta.

—ākula blinded, foolish Vv 849 (= paññācakkhuno abhāvena VvA.337). —karaṇa blinding, making blind, causing bewilderment (fig.), confusing It.82 (+ acakkhukaraṇa); Miln.113 (pañha, + gambhīra). —kāra blindness (lit. & fig), darkness, dullness, bewilderment Vin.I, 16; D.II, 12; A.I, 56; II, 54; III, 233; J.III, 188; Th.1, 1034; Dh.146; Sn.763; Vv 214 (= avijj° VvA.106); Pug.30; Dhs.617; DA.I, 228; VvA.51, 53, 116, 161; PvA.6; Sdhp.14, 280. —tamo deep darkness (lit. & fig.) S.V, 443; It.84 (v. l.; T. andhaṃ tamaṃ); J.VI, 247. —bāla blinded by folly, foolish, dull of mind, silly J.I, 246, 262; VI, 337; DhA.II, 43, 89; III, 179; VvA.67; PvA.4, 264. —bhūta blinded (fig.), mentally blind, not knowing, ignorant S.IV, 21; A.II, 72; J.VI, 139 (spelled °būta); Dh.59, 174 (= paññā-cakkhuno abhāvena DhA.III, 175). —vesa “blind form”, disguise J.III, 418. (Page 49)

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

[Andha in Marathi glossaries]

andha (अंध).—a (S) Blind.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

andha (अंध).—a Blind.

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

[Andha in Sanskrit glossaries]

Andha (अन्ध).—a.

1) Blind (lit. and fig.); devoid of sight, unable to see (at particular times); दिवान्धाः प्राणिनः केचिद्रात्रावन्धास्तथापरे (divāndhāḥ prāṇinaḥ kecidrātrāvandhāstathāpare); D. Bhāg. made blind, blinded; स्रजमपि शिरस्यन्धः क्षिप्तां धुनोत्यहिशङ्कया (srajamapi śirasyandhaḥ kṣiptāṃ dhunotyahiśaṅkayā) Ś.7.24; मदान्धः (madāndhaḥ) blinded by intoxication; so दर्पान्धः, क्रोधान्धः (darpāndhaḥ, krodhāndhaḥ); काम° लोभ° अज्ञान° अज्ञाना- न्धस्य दीपस्य ज्ञानाञ्जनशलाकया । चक्षुरुन्मीलितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः (kāma° lobha° ajñāna° ajñānā- ndhasya dīpasya jñānāñjanaśalākayā | cakṣurunmīlitaṃ yena tasmai śrīgurave namaḥ) ||; सहजान्धदृशः स्वदुर्नये (sahajāndhadṛśaḥ svadurnaye) Śi.16.29 blind to his own wicked acts.

2) Making blind, preventing the sight; utter, pitchy; complete, thick (darkness) प्रधर्षितायां वैदेह्यां बभूव सचराचरम् । जगत्सर्वममर्यादं तमसान्धेन संवृतम् (pradharṣitāyāṃ vaidehyāṃ babhūva sacarācaram | jagatsarvamamaryādaṃ tamasāndhena saṃvṛtam) || Rām 3.52. 9. Ms.8.94; सीदन्नन्धे तमसि (sīdannandhe tamasi) U.3.33; Māl.9.8.2; See °कूप, °तामसम् (kūpa, °tāmasam) infra.

3) Afflicted. आर्यः पर्युषितं तु नाभ्य- वहरत्यन्धः क्षुधान्धोऽप्यसौ (āryaḥ paryuṣitaṃ tu nābhya- vaharatyandhaḥ kṣudhāndho'pyasau) Viś. Guna.11.

4) Soiled, tarnished; निःश्वासान्ध इवादर्शश्चन्द्रमा न प्रकाशते (niḥśvāsāndha ivādarśaścandramā na prakāśate) Rām.3.16.13.

-ndham Darkness. अन्धः स्यादन्धवेलायां बाधिर्यमपि चाश्रयेत् (andhaḥ syādandhavelāyāṃ bādhiryamapi cāśrayet) Mb. 1.14.12.

2) Spiritual ignorance; अज्ञान (ajñāna) or अविद्या (avidyā) q.v.

3) Water; also, turbid water.

-dhaḥ 1 A kind of mendicant (parivrājaka) who has completely controlled his organs; तिष्ठतो व्रजतो वापि यस्य चक्षुर्न दूरगम् । चतुष्पदां भुवं मुक्त्वा परिव्राडन्ध उच्यते (tiṣṭhato vrajato vāpi yasya cakṣurna dūragam | catuṣpadāṃ bhuvaṃ muktvā parivrāḍandha ucyate) ||

2) An epithet of the zodiacal signs at particular periods; (naṣṭadravyalābhālābhopayogayukto rāśibhedaḥ); मेषो वृषा मृगेन्द्रश्च रात्रावन्धाः प्रकीर्तिताः । नृयुक्कर्कटकन्याश्च दिवान्धाः परिकीर्तिताः (meṣo vṛṣā mṛgendraśca rātrāvandhāḥ prakīrtitāḥ | nṛyukkarkaṭakanyāśca divāndhāḥ parikīrtitāḥ) ||

-ndhāḥ (pl.) Name of a people; see अन्ध्र (andhra).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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