Bhandara, Bhaṇḍāra: 10 definitions


Bhandara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Bhaṇḍāra (भण्डार) refers to the “treasury keeper” of the Śiva temple.— The temple had an accountant (kaṇakku) and a supervisor or manager (dharmakarta, devakaṉmi) to look after the affairs of the temple. In large temples, there was also the treasury (bhaṇḍāra) keeper who received daily, all the endowed material measured out to the temple by various parties, like ghee, milk, oil, etc.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Shodhganga: A cultural study on the jain western Indian illustrated manuscripts

Bhaṇḍāra (भण्डार, “library”).—The collection of manuscripts preserved by the Jaina saṅghas and individual monks are found at various places in Gujarat and Rajasthan etc. They are called as bhaṇḍāras or “libraries”. These collections are very rich in their contents and some of them preserved most ancient copies of manuscripts on palm-leaf, paper, cloth on all subjects, secular and religious. The illustrations were written in gold and silver inks are also found in good number in this collection.

The Jaina bhaṇḍāras have preserved very rich treasure of Indian art and culture. However, by the 10th century, Jaina monks had realized the great educational value of the jñana-bhaṇḍāras whence the importance of the religious and secular texts which have accumulated for over 500 years.

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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

Source: Marathi language (Marāṭhī bhāṣā): Submission for Classical Status of Marathi Language

Bhandara is the name of a district in Maharashtra.—The Buddhist work, Mahavamsa, refers to Maharashtra. It suggests that a big area around Ujjain, that is, the present Central India could have been talked about as Maharashtra. As the legend goes there were (or might have been) 99,000 villages in this country. These days it is a practice to include all areas (Bhandara) where Marathi language is in use into Maharashtra.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Bhaṇḍāra.—same as Sanskrit bhāṇḍāra; cf. Bhaṇdārin, etc. Note: bhaṇḍāra is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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Bhāṇḍāra.—cf. Tamil paṇḍāra-kkal (SITI), stone of standard weight used in the treasury; also cf. paṇḍāra-kkaṇkāṇi, treasury officer, supervisor of the treasury. (IA 23), the five images used in the worship of Bhūtas, e. g., Jārandāya, etc. Cf. paṇḍāram (SII 1), a treasury; a Śaiva mendicant. Note: bhāṇḍāra is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhaṇḍāra (भंडार).—n (bhāṇḍāgāra S) A treasury. Ex. bhaṃ0 bharapūra kālakaṇṭaka dūra.

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bhaṇḍāra (भंडार).—m Turmeric-powder (esp. as used in offerings to khaṇḍōbā.

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bhaṇḍārā (भंडारा).—m A feast given to a company of Gosavis or Bairagis. 2 Used also in the sense of bhaṇḍāra- khānā.

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bhāṇḍāra (भांडार).—n (bhāṇḍāgāra S) A treasury; and, by meton. , a treasure.

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

bhaṇḍāra (भंडार).—n A treasury. m Turmeric-powder.

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bhaṇḍārā (भंडारा).—m A feast given to a company of gōsāvī.

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bhāṇḍarā (भांडरा).—a Quarrelsome.

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bhāṇḍāra (भांडार).—n bhāṇḍārakhānā m gṛha n A treasury.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhāṇḍāra (भाण्डार).—A store-house, store.

Derivable forms: bhāṇḍāram (भाण्डारम्).

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

Bhāṇḍāra (भाण्डार).—n.

(-raṃ) A store-house.

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

1) Bhaṇḍara (भण्डर):—[from bhaṇḍa > bhaṇḍ] m. a [particular] kind of combat, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Bhāṇḍāra (भाण्डार):—[from bhāṇḍa] m. = (and fr.) bhāṇḍāgāra, a storehouse, [Catalogue(s)] (cf. [Religious Thought and Life in India 248]).

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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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