Balidana, Balidāna, Bali-dana: 12 definitions


Balidana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Balidan.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Balidāna (बलिदान) refers to “offerings” (as part of daily worship), as discussed in chapter 7 (Kriyākāṇḍa) of the Pārameśvarasaṃhitā: an important Pāñcarātra text of 8700 verses followed closely by the Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam—dealing with priestly concerns such as their daily routines, occasional liturgies and expiatory services.—Description of the chapter [nityotsavā-vidhāna]:—[After pitṛsaṃvibhāga] daily worship [=balidāna-offerings] are next attended to, first by making offerings to the parivāra-deities, then to the balipīṭha (375-404). Approaching the deities again, the Arcaka divests them of the flowers, leaves and water-offerings made to them (405-409). (Then, returning to his home) He takes his own meal-and in doing so he must be careful to adhere to certain disciplines and rules (410-428). [...]

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

balidāna (बलिदान) [or बलिप्रदान, balipradāna].—n (S) The offering or presenting of a sacrifice or other oblation.

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baḷīdāna (बळीदान).—& baḷīpratipadā Properly balidāna & bali pratipadā.

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

balidāna (बलिदान) [or balipradāna, or बलिप्रदान].—n The offering of oblation.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Balidāna (बलिदान).—

1) presentation of an offering to a deity.

2) offering oblations to all creatures.

Derivable forms: balidānam (बलिदानम्).

Balidāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bali and dāna (दान).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Balidāna (बलिदान).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Offering victims in sacrifice. 2. Giving food to all beings. E. bali, and dāna giving.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Balidāna (बलिदान):—[=bali-dāna] [from bali] n. the presentation of an offering to a deity (consisting of rice, milk, fruits etc. when presented to Viṣṇu, or of living victims when offered to Śiva or Durgā), [Purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] presentation of grain etc. to all creatures, [Catalogue(s)]

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

Balidāna (बलिदान):—[bali-dāna] (naṃ) 1. n. Offering in sacrifice; giving food for birds, &c.

[Sanskrit to German]

Balidana in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Balidāna (बलिदान) [Also spelled balidan]:—(nm) a sacrifice; offering; —[karanā] to sacrifice; —[denā] to make a sacrifice.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Balidāna (ಬಲಿದಾನ):—

1) [noun] the offering of animal, plant or human life or of some material possession to a deity, as in propitiation or homage; a sacrifice.

2) [noun] the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim; a sacrifice.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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Nepali dictionary

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Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Balidāna (बलिदान):—n. 1. sacrifice; 2. animal sacrifice;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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