Bhadra, aka: Bhadrā, Bhādra; 25 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Bhadra (भद्र): One of the Pañca-puruṣa (‘five stereotypes of men’).—According to the Viṣṇudharmottara Purāṇa (III.36.3), a bhadra type is bushy on his cheeks, his gait is like that of an elephant and he is noble minded. He has rounded and heavy arms, and his hands and feet resemble a lotus. Similarly, the Bṛhat Saṃhitā (69.13) states that one who belongs to the bhadra typem influenced by Mercury, possesses developed, equal, round and long arms, a height equal to the length of his outstretched arms and temples densely covered with tender and fine hair. The Sārāvalī (37.14–18) adds that his face is like a tiger and he has vroad chest, long strong hands and a square body. He is sensuous, valorous, learned, endowed with prowess and is conversant with yoga. His body emanates a smell akin to earth and sandal paste. He knows the śāstras and is independent in all his undertakings.

Source: Google Books: The Theory of Citrasutras in Indian Painting
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Bhadrā (भद्रा, “prosperity, happiness”):—Name of one of the sixty-four mātṛs to be worshipped during Āvaraṇapūjā (“Worship of the Circuit of Goddesses”, or “Durgā’s Retinue”), according to the Durgāpūjātattva. They should be worshipped with either the five upācāras or perfume and flowers.

Her mantra is as follows:

ॐ भद्रायै नमः
oṃ bhadrāyai namaḥ.

A similar mantra is mentioned by the same text, prefixed with ह्रीं (hrīṃ), to be worshipped at the goddess’s right.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Bhadra (भद्र) or Bhadratantra refers to one of the twenty-three Vāmatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Bhadra-tantra belonging to the Vāma class.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Bhadra (भद्र):—One of the eight gatekeepers who are said to embody the eight siddhis (‘yogic powers’).

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Bhadra (भद्र) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Vairāja, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 49. The Vairāja group contains twenty-four out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under five prime vimānas (aerial car/palace), which were created by Brahmā for as many gods (including himself). The group represents temples (eg. Bhadra) that are to be square shaped. The prāsādas, or ‘temples’, represent the dwelling place of God and are to be built in towns. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

Bhadra is also listed in the Agnipurāṇa which features a list of 45 temple types. It is listed under the group named Vairāja, featuring square-shaped temples. This list represents a classification of temples in Nort-India.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Bhadra (भद्र).—A type of aṅgavibhakti (‘indendations’ in a wall line);—Bhadra, as the term itself indicates, is provided for the sake of stability and protection of the structure. It is a rectangular offset projecting forward from the contour line of the structure prominently, in the central portion of the wall line. Generally, the shrine proper, at the center of its three open sides, contains these bhadras. If the bhadra is provided with another offset projection, that projection is called by the name subhadra. There is also one more aṅgavibhakti called by the name pratibhadra. Pratibhadra is again a rectangular offset projection, smaller in size than the bhadra. Pratibhadras are provided on the either sides of the bhadra.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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1) Bhadra (भद्र) is the name of a mountain situated at lake Asitoda and mount Vipula, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. The Vipula mountain lies on the western side of mount Meru, which is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu.

2) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—One of the four rivers originating from the “river of the sky”, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 82. This ‘river of the sky’ starts at the ‘ocean of the sky’ and, being agitated by the elephant of Indra, falls at the top of mount Meru, where at the bottom it forms into these four rivers. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu.

Svāyambhuva Manu was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Bhadra (भद्र).—A king of Cedi who fought on the Pāṇḍava side. Karṇa killed him. (Karṇa Parva, Chapter 56, Verse 48).

2) Bhadra (भद्र).—One of the four elephants which, from Pātāla, support the world. (See Aṣṭadiggajas).

3) Bhadra (भद्र).—Son of Sraddhā, daughter born to Svāyambhuva Manu by his wife Śatarūpā. Sraddhā had the following sons: Śubha, Prasāda, Maitrīputra, Abhaya, Dayātmaja, Śāntija, Bhadra, Muda, Tuṣṭija Smaya, Puṣṭija and Yoga. (Bhāgavata, Caturtha Skandha)

4) Bhadra (भद्र).—A yakṣa, one of the ministers of Kubera. He had to be born as a lion on account of the curse of sage Gautama.

5) Bhadra (भद्र).—People of the kingdom of Bhadragaṇa are generally called Bhadras. It is stated in the Sabhā Parva that the Kṣatriya princes of Bhadragaṇa presented lots of money in connection with the Rājasūya yajña of Yudhiṣṭhira.

6) Bhadra (भद्र).—A maharṣi, son of Pramati, and father of Upamanyu.

7) Bhadra (भद्र).—A son born to Śrī Kṛṣṇa of Kālindī. (Bhāgavata, Daśama Skandha).

8) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—See Bhadrakālī.

9) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—The beautiful daughter of King Kakṣīvān. She was married to King Vyūṣitāśva of the Pūru dynasty. When Bhadrā, in unbearable grief lamented the death of her husband his soul appeared on the skies and blessed her. Accordingly she got pregnant by the corpse of her husband and delivered six sons. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 120, Verse 38).

10) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—One of the wives of Kubera. Kuntī once related the story of Bhadrā to Pāñcālī and exhorted her to live like Bhadrā. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 198, Verse 6).

11) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—The word Bhadrā is used as another name of Subhadrā, sister of Śrī Kṛṣṇa in Verse 14, Chapter 218 of Ādi Parva.

12) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—Yet another Bhadrā, daughter of the King of Viśālā is mentioned in Chapter 45 of the Mahābhārata. She did penance for getting the kingdom of Karūṣa, when Śiśupāla, disguised as King Karūṣa appeared on the scene and carried her away.

13) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—There is reference to another Bhadrā, daughter of Soma in Chapter 154 of the Anuśāsana Parva. She once did intense penance to secure Utathya as her husband. Atri maharṣi, father of Soma, came to know of the desire of his granddaughter, and got her married to Utathya. Varuṇa once fell in love with Bhadrā, who was an exceptionally beautiful woman, and abducted and concealed her in the sea. When Utathya returned to the Āśrama, his wife was missing. He understood what had happened to Bhadrā by the light of his divine knowledge (television of mind). Burning with anger he drank up the sea completely dry, and Varuṇa shuddering with fear returned Bhadrā to Utathya and profusely apologised. Thus ended the problem.

14) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—Verse 24, Chapter 7 of the Mausala Parva, states that Bhadrā, one of the four wives of Vasudeva, father of Śrī Kṛṣṇa died by jumping into the funeral pyre of her husband.

15) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—A daughter of the King of Kāśī. The grandson of Sagara, a king of the Solar dynasty married Bhadrā, daughter of the King of Kāśī. (Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa, Chapter 96).

16) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—One Bhadrā, daughter of Meru was married by King Agnīdhra. She had eight sisters, viz. Meru Devī, Pratirūpā, Ugradamṣṭrī, Latā, Ramyā, Śyāmā, Nārī and Devavītī. (Bhāgavata, Pañcama Skandha).

17) Bhadra (भद्र).—See Vidūṣaka.

18) Bhadra (भद्र).—A kingdom in ancient India. The Kṣatriya princes of Bhadram gave costly presents to Dharmaputra at the Rājasūya Yāga (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 52, Verse 14). Karṇa, in the course of his digvijaya (conquest of countries) subjugated this kingdom. (Vana Parva, Chapter 254.)

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Bhadra (भद्र).—A son of Dakṣiṇā and a Tuṣita God.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 7-8.

1b) A son of Pauravī and Vasudeva.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 47.

1c) A son of Vasudeva and Devakī.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 54.

1d) A son of Kṛṣṇa and Kālindī; and full of prowess; went with the Vṛṣṇis to Bāṇa's city, Śoṇitapura.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 61. 14; 63. 3.

1e) A kingdom in Madhyadeśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 42.

1f) A northern kingdom.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 48; 18. 46.

1g) A Dānava.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 6.

1h) An elephant; the vehicle of Bali.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 328.

1i) (also Supratīka) a Nāga and a vehicle of Varuṇa (Viṣṇu, Vāyu-purāṇa).*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 330; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 212, 214.

1j) A son of Jāmbavatī and Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 249; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 241.

1k) A son of Rukmiṇī and Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 47. 16.

1l) The Gods of Uttama epoch.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 1. 24.

1m) A son of Vasumitra and father of Pulinda: ruled for two years.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 17; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 152.

1n) A sacred lake in Meru.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 113. 46.

1o) A continent.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 85.

2a) Bhadrā (भद्रा).—A daughter of Meru (Ghṛtācī) and queen of Bhadrāśva; gave birth to Soma.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 2. 23; Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 68. 70.

2b) A branch of the Gangā issuing out of the city of Brahmā and descending the Śṛngavan hills, traverses the continent of the Uttarakurus and falls into the north sea.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 17. 5 and 8: Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 2. 34; 8. 113.

2c) alias Kauśalyā: one of Vasudeva's wives; mother of Keśin and three other sons.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 45, 48; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 160. 171; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 15. 18, 24.

2d) A daughter of Śrutakīrti of Kekeya; married by Kṛṣṇa with the approval of her brothers Santardana and others;1 welcomed to Hastināpura by Draupadī; narrated to Draupadī how she was married to Kṛṣṇa.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 58. 56; 61. 17.
  • 2) Ib. X. 71. 42; 83. 12.

2e) A wife of Udāradhī.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 101.

2f) A daughter of Rohiṇī: gave birth to goats and sheep;1 brought forth the Gandharvas and Vājins known as Uccaiśrvas.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 74-5.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 72-3.

2g) One of the ten wives of Atri.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 75.

2h) A Varṇa Śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 32. 13; 44. 59 and 90.

2i) A Goddess enshrined at Bhadreśvara.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 31.

2j) The daughter of Anuhrāda, the daitya; married Rajatanābha, the Yakṣa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 151.

2k) A wife of Garuḍa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 328.
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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

1) Bhadra (भद्र) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Bhadravaṭa, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Bhadra) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

2) Bhadra (भद्र) is one of the twelve princes born to Kuṃkumā, consort to Mīnanātha, who is the incarnation of Siddhanātha in the fourth yuga, belonging to the Pūrvāmnāya (‘eastern doctrine’) tradition of Kula Śaivism, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya. Siddhanātha incarnates as a Kaula master in each of the four yugas. Bhadra was one of the six princes not having the authority to teach.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Bhadra (भद्र) or Bhadrāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Vīrāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Bhadra Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Vīra-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Bhadrā (भद्रा, “gentle-woman”) refers to a specific “mode of address” (nāman) used in drama (nāṭya), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 19. Bhadrā is used in addressing accessible women (gamyā).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Bhadrā (भद्रा) is the name of a Vidyādharī who got married with Vidūṣaka by the gāndharva ceremony, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 18. Their story was told by Udayana (king of Vatsa) in order to demonstratrate to his ministers that a brave man by himself without any support obtains prosperity.

2) Bhadrā (भद्रा) and Śubha were both cursed by Kaṇva, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 123. Accordingly, as Bhadra and Śubha said to king Vikramāditya“... we two, King, are two sons of gods; this one’s name is Bhadra, and I am Śubha. As we were roaming about we observed the hermit Kaṇva engaged in meditation. We assumed in sport the forms of an elephant and a boar, and having done so, we terrified the great sage in our reckless folly, and he pronounced on us this curse: ‘Become in this forest an elephant and boar such as you are now; but when you shall be killed by King Vikramāditya, you shall be released from the curse’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Bhadrā, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Bhadrā (भद्रा) or Bhadratithi is the name of the second of fifteen tithis (cycle of time) according to both the Gārgīyajyotiṣa and the Śārdūlakarṇāvadāna. The associated deity for Bhadrā according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā is Vidhātṛ. A tithi was defined as one thirtieth of a synodic month (c. 29.5 days), resulting in an average tithi being slightly less than a day.

Accordingly, “(13) The second tithi is said to be Bhadrā. It is good for craft and athletic contest, for starting medical treatment, and for the travelers traveling on a journey. (14) ...for betrothal, marriage, properties, fields and houses. It is excellent to perform nourishing acts. Bṛhaspati is the deity”.

Source: Tithikarmaguṇa in Gārgīyajyotiṣa
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

Bhadrā (भद्रा) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.221.13, I.221). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Bhadrā) 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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Ayurveda (science of life)

1) Bhadrā (भद्रा) is another name for Jīvantī, a medicinal plant identified with Leptadenia reticulata (cork swallow-wort) from the Apocynaceae, or “dogbane family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.37-39 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Bhadrā and Jīvantī, there are a total of eighteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

2) Bhadrā (भद्रा) is also mentioned as a synonym for Aśvakṣurā, a medicinal plant identified with Clitoria ternatea (Asian pigeonwings, butterfly pea or bluebellvine) from the Fabaceae or “legume family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.87-89.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Bhadrā (भद्रा, “auspicious”):—In Vedic hinduism, she is the wife of Kubera, who was the Vedic God of wealth presiding over all earthly treasures.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Bhadra (भद्र): A mighty elephant

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

The headman Bhadragaka visits the Buddha at Uruvelakappa and asks for a teaching about dukkha. The Buddha says he will talk neither of the future nor of the past, but only of the present. By means of questioning Bhadragaka, the Buddha makes him realize that sorrow and suffering come only through desire. For example, he would grieve if anything happened to his friends in Uruvelakappa, or to his son Ciravasi, or to his wife; but he would not worry about those who were unknown to him and therefore unloved by him (S.iv.327f).

The Commentary says (SA.iii.103) that in this sutta vattadukkha (? the sorrow of transmigration) is described.

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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Bhadra (भद्र) is the name of the third Baladeva according to Śvetāmbara sources, while Digambara has Sudharma as the third Baladeva. Jain legends describe nine such Baladevas (“gentle heroes”) usually appearing together with their “violent” twin-brothers known as the Vāsudevas. The legends of these twin-heroes usually involve their antagonistic counterpart known as the Prativāsudevas (anti-heroes).

The mother of Bhadra is known by the name Suprabhā according to the Samavāyāṅga-sūtra, and their stories are related in texts such as the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacarita (“the lives of the sixty-three illustrious persons”), a twelfth-century Śvetāmbara work by Hemacandra.

Bhadrā (भद्रा) is mentioned as the mother of Acala: the first Baladeva according to Śvetāmbara sources, but the second according to Digambara

The nine Baladevas (such as Bhadra) are also known as Balabhadra and are further described in various Jain sources, such as the Bhagavatīsūtra and Jambūdvīpaprajñapti in Śvetāmbara, or the Tiloyapaṇṇatti and Ādipurāṇa in the Digambara tradition. The appearance of a Baladeva is described as follows: their body is of a white complexion, they wear a blue-black robe, and the mark of the palm-tree (tāla) is seen on their banners.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

Bhadra (भद्र) is an example of a Śaivite name mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. Classification of personal names according to deities (eg., from Śaivism) were sometimes used by more than one person and somehow seem to have been popular. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Derivation of personal names (eg., Bhadra) during the rule of the Guptas followed patterns such as tribes, places, rivers and mountains.

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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bhadra : (adj.) august; auspicious; lucky; good.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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

bhadra (भद्र).—n (S) Prosperity, good fortune, weal or well-being. 2 A division (of the space in a temple &c.) defined by two pillars, an intercolumniation. 3 A hall of audience; a royal council-chamber &c.

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bhadra (भद्र).—a S Prosperous, fortunate, happy. 2 Auspicious, propitious, favorable, kindly: also benign or good more generally.

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bhadrā (भद्रा).—f (S) The seventh of the astronomical karaṇa. Used in pl. See under karaṇa. 2 A common term for the second, seventh, and twelfth days of the lunar fortnight.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhadra (भद्र).—n Prosperity. A hall of audience. a Prosperous; auspicious.

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

Bhadra (भद्र).—a. [bhand-rak ni° nalopaḥ Uṇ.2.28]

1) Good, happy, prosperous.

2) Auspicious, blessed; as in भद्रमुख (bhadramukha).

3) Foremost, best, chief; पप्रच्छ भद्रं विजितारिभद्रः (papraccha bhadraṃ vijitāribhadraḥ) R.14. 31.

4) Favourable, propitious; भद्रं कर्णेभिः शृणुयाम देवा भद्रं पश्येमाक्षभिर्यजत्राः (bhadraṃ karṇebhiḥ śṛṇuyāma devā bhadraṃ paśyemākṣabhiryajatrāḥ) Ṛv.1.89.8.

5) Kind, gracious, excellent, friendly, good; often used in voc. sing. in the sense of 'my good sir', or 'my good friend', 'my good lady', 'my dear madam'.

6) Pleasant, enjoyable, lovely, beautiful; न तु कृच्छ्रादपि भद्रं निजकान्तं सा भजत्येव (na tu kṛcchrādapi bhadraṃ nijakāntaṃ sā bhajatyeva) Pt.1.181.

7) Laudable, desirable, praiseworthy.

8) Beloved, dear.

9) Specious, plausible, hypocritical.

1) Skilful, expert; भद्रोऽस्मि नृत्ये कुशलोऽस्मि गीते (bhadro'smi nṛtye kuśalo'smi gīte) Mb.4. 11.8.

-dram 1 Happiness, good fortune, welfare, blessing, prosperity; भद्रं भद्रं वितर भगवन् भूयसे मङ्गलाय (bhadraṃ bhadraṃ vitara bhagavan bhūyase maṅgalāya) Māl.1.3; 6.7; त्वयि वितरतु भद्रं भूयसे मङ्गलाय (tvayi vitaratu bhadraṃ bhūyase maṅgalāya) U.3.48; oft. used in pl. in this sense; सर्वो भद्राणि पश्यतु (sarvo bhadrāṇi paśyatu); भद्रं ते (bhadraṃ te) 'god bless you', 'prosperity to you'.

2) Gold.

3) A fragrant grass.

4) Iron, steel.

5) The seventh Karaṇa.

-draḥ- 1 A bullock.

2) A species of wag-tail.

3) A term applied to a particular kind of elephants.

4) An impostor, a hypocrite; Ms.9.258.

5) Name of Śiva.

6) An epithet of mount Meru.

7) The Devadāru tree.

8) A kind of Kadamba. (bhadrākṛ means 'to shave'; bhadrākaraṇam shaving).

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Bhadrā (भद्रा).—

1) A cow.

2) Name of the second, seventh, and twelfth days of a lunar fortnight.

3) The celestial Ganges.

4) Name of various plants such as अनन्ता, अपरि- जाता, कृष्णा, जीवन्ती, नीली, रास्ना (anantā, apari- jātā, kṛṣṇā, jīvantī, nīlī, rāsnā) etc.

5) Name of several goddesses and rivers.

6) Name of Subhadrā, sister of Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma; पार्थश्चैकोऽहरद्भद्राम् (pārthaścaiko'haradbhadrām) Mb.8.31.2; 1.121.21.

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Bhādra (भाद्र).—[bhadrābhiryuktā paurṇamāsī bhādrī sā yasmin māse aṇ] Name of a lunar month (corresponding to AugustSeptember); भाद्रद्वये सागरे (bhādradvaye sāgare) Jyotiṣam.

-dāḥ (f. pl.) Name of the 25th and 26th lunar mansions (pūrvābhādrapadā and uttarābhādrapadā).

Derivable forms: bhādraḥ (भाद्रः).

See also (synonyms): bhādrapada.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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