Bhindipalaka, Bhindipālaka, Bhindi-palaka: 3 definitions

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Bhindipalaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Bhindipālaka (भिन्दिपालक) refers to a “short javelin” and represents one of the items held in the right hand of Heruka: one of the main deities of the Herukamaṇḍala described in the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Heruka is positioned in the Lotus (padma) at the center; He is the origin of all heroes; He has 17 faces (with three eyes on each) and 76 arms [holding, for example, bhindipālaka]; He is half black and half green in color; He is dancing on a flaming sun placed on Bhairava and Kālarātrī.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhindipalaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhindipālaka (भिन्दिपालक).—[masculine] a kind of spear.

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

Bhindipālaka (भिन्दिपालक):—m. a short javelin or arrow thrown from the hand or shot through a tube (others ‘a stone fastened to a string’ or ‘a kind of sling for throwing stones’), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa etc.] ([varia lectio] bhindapāla, BiRqimAlA, bhindomāla, bhindimāla or laka, bhindumāla).

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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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