Bimba; 9 Definition(s)


Bimba 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

Pāñcarātra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

bimba–(reflection or prototype) the original or model after which a thing is copied (the Original Being of course is God). This is a Sanskrit term used in hindu iconology (eg. the Āgamas).

(Source): SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama
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Pāñcarātra (पाञ्चरात्र, pancaratra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Nārāyaṇa is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaiṣnavism, the Pāñcarātra literature includes various Āgamas and tantras incorporating many Vaiṣnava philosophies.

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Bimba (बिम्ब).—reflection or prototype;—the original or model after which a thing is copied (the Original Being of course is God).

(Source): Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.


Bimba (बिम्ब).—A son of Vasudeva and Bhadrā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 173; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 171.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism


bimba : (nt.) an image; figure; the disk (of the sun or moon). || bimbā (f.) name of the Prince Siddharth's wife.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Bimba, (nt.) (cp. Class. Sk. bimba) 1. shape, image (=paṭimā VvA. 168) S. I, 134 (trsl. “puppet"); V, 217 (vimba); J. V, 452. In phrase cittakataṃ bimbaṃ it refers to the human body (“the tricked-out puppet-shape" Brethren 303): M. II, 64 = Th. 1, 769 = Dh. 147=VvA. 47, cp. DhA. III, 109 (=attabhāva).—2. the red fruit of Momordica monadelpha, a species of Amaranth (cp. Sk. bimba & bimbī, a kind of gourd) J. III, 478; VI, 457, 591; Vv 366 (kañcana°-vaṇṇa of the colour of the golden Bimba Dhp. at VvA. 168 takes it as bimba1=paṭimā; DhA. I, 387 (°phala, with ref. to red lips). bimboṭṭha (f. °ī) (having) red lips J. III, 477; VI, 590 (nigrodhapatta-bimb’oṭṭhī) ThA. 133 (Ap. V, 57). The Sk. vimbī according to Halāyudha 2, 48 is equal to oṣṭhī, a plant (Bryonia grandis?).—oṭṭhi see above 2.—ohana (second part either= *ūhana vāhana “carrying, " or contracted form of odahana fr. ava+dhā, i.e. *odhana *ohana “putting down, " or still more likely for ūhana as seen in ūhanati2 2 fr. ud+hṛ raising, lifting up) a pillow Vin. I, 47 (bhisi°); II, 76, 150, 208, 200, 218; III, 90, 119 (bhisi°); IV, 279; S. II, 268; A. III, 240; VbhA. 365; Vism. 79. See also bhisi1.—jāla (BR. bimbajā?) the Bimba tree, Momordica monadelpha (lit. net of b. fruits) J. I, 39; VI, 497 (cp. p. 498 ratt’aṅkura-rukkhaṃ probably with v. l. to be read ratta-kuravaka°, see bimbi-jāla); Bu XVI, 19. (Page 487)

(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.

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Bimba (बिम्ब, “reflection”) refers to one of the ten comparisons (upamāna) according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 11. These upamānas represent a quality of the Bodhisattvas accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata. They accepted that dharmas are like a reflection (bimba). The reflection (bimba) in the mirror is not produced by the mirror (ādarśa), nor by the face (vaktra), nor by the person holding the mirror (ādarśa-dhara), nor by itself (svataḥ); but it is not without causes and conditions (hetupratyaya). It is the same for the dharmas: they are not produced by themselves (svataḥ), nor by another (parataḥ), nor by both together (ubhayataḥ); but they are not without causes and conditions.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

bimba (बिंब).—n (S) The disk of the sun or a planet. 2 (As opp. to pratibimba Image reflected, shadow.) The body which casts the reflection, the substance. 3 A term for a personage or thing considered as that by which splendor or honor is cast or conferred upon the persons or things serving subordinately. Ex. saradāralōka jāūna laḍhāī dētīla parantu rājācā putra ugīñca bimba mhaṇūna barōbara ghyāvā. 4 In poetical or elaborate composition. The subject to be elaborated (by arguments, illustrations &c.) 5 A fruit of Bryonia grandis. Linn., or Momordica monadelphia. Rox. 6 A short (four-inch) triangular reed, growing in rice-fields and wet places. 7 f S Popularly nāgaramōthā.

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

bimba (बिंब).—n The disc of the sun. The body which casts the reflection.

(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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bimba (बिम्ब).—

1) The disc of the sun or moon; वदनेन निर्जितं तव निलीयते चन्द्रबिम्बमम्बुधरे (vadanena nirjitaṃ tava nilīyate candrabimbamambudhare) Subhāṣ; so सूर्य°, रवि° (sūrya°, ravi°) &c.

2) Any round or disc-like surface; as in नितम्ब- बिम्बः (nitamba- bimbaḥ) &c.

3) An image, shadow, reflection; बिम्बादिवो- त्थितौ बिम्बौ रामदेहात्तथापरौ (bimbādivo- tthitau bimbau rāmadehāttathāparau) Rām.1.4.11; प्रभवति शुचिर्बिम्ब- ग्राहे मणिर्न मृदां चयः (prabhavati śucirbimba- grāhe maṇirna mṛdāṃ cayaḥ) U.2.4.

4) A mirror.

5) A jar.

6) An object compared (opp. pratibimba to which it is compared).

7) A statue, figure, idol; हेमबिम्बनिभा सौम्या मायेव मयनिर्मिता (hemabimbanibhā saumyā māyeva mayanirmitā) Rām.6.12.14.

8) A mould, matrix; यथा लोहस्य निःस्यन्दो निषिक्तो बिम्बविग्रहम् (yathā lohasya niḥsyando niṣikto bimbavigraham) (upaiti) Mb.14.18.9.

-mbaḥ A lizard.

-mbam The fruit of a tree (which, when ripe, is ruddy and to which the lips of young women are often compared); रक्तशोकरुचा विशेषितगुणो बिम्बाधरालक्तकः (raktaśokarucā viśeṣitaguṇo bimbādharālaktakaḥ) M.3. 5; पक्कबिम्बाधरोष्ठी (pakkabimbādharoṣṭhī) Me.84; cf. N.2.24.

Derivable forms: bimbaḥ (बिम्बः), bimbam (बिम्बम्).

(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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