Bindu, Bimdu: 37 definitions


Bindu means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi, biology. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bindu (बिन्दु, “dot”) refers to Śakti (power) while Nāda refers to Śiva, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.16. Accordingly, “the entire universe consisting of the movable and the immovable is of the nature of Bindu (dot) and Nāda (sound). Bindu is Śakti (Power) and Śiva is Nāda. Hence the universe is pervaded by Śiva and Śakti. Bindu is the support of Nāda. The universe has the support of Bindu. Both Bindu and Nāda together support the entire universe. The unification of the Bindu and the Nāda is called Sakalīkaraṇa and the universe takes its birth as a result of this Sakalīkaraṇa. The Phallic emblem is the fusion of Bindu and Nāda and is the cause of the universe. Bindu is the goddess and Śiva is the Nāda and the fusion of the two is the phallic emblem of Śiva. Hence to ward off future births, the devotee shall worship the phallic emblem of Śiva. Goddess of the form of Bindu is the mother and Śiva of the form of Nāda is the father”.

Note: Bindu is a dot over a letter representing the anusvāra. It is supposed to be connected with Śiva and is of great mystical importance.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Bindu (बिन्दु).—A sage.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 26.

1b) A Kinnara with human face.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 36.
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Bindu (बिन्दु, “vital drop”) refers to one of the “five elements of the plot” (arthaprakṛti), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21. These five elements represents the five means of attaining objects of the Plot (itivṛtta or vastu). The associated ‘stage of action’ (avasthā) of bindu is the prārambha (beginning). These stages represent a Hero’s striving towards the object in a dramatic playwright (nāṭaka).

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “that which sustains the continuity (lit- non-separation) till the end of the play even when the chief object of the play is for the time being suspended, is called the vital drop (bindu)”.

2) Bindu (बिन्दु) refers to one of the thirty-three alaṃkāras (embellishments), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. These alaṃkāras, or, ‘embellishments of song’, depend upon the four types of varṇas, which refers to a specific order of musical notes (svara). They are attached to the songs of seven forms, although not generally used in the dhruvās.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “bindu is when a note of one kalā of low pitch after touching high pitch comes back to its original pitch”.

3) Bindu (बिन्दु) refers to one of the four kinds of vyañjana (indication), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. Vyañjana represents one of the four classes of dhātu (stroke), which relate to different aspects of strokes in playing stringed instruments (tata).

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “bindu is one heavy stroke in a single string”.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Bindu (बिन्दु, “midpoint”) refers to the “midpoint between the eyebrows” and is one of the most important concentration points in yoga.

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Bindu (बिन्दु) refers to “semen”, according to the Amaraughaprabodha: a short 13th century treatise on Yoga attributed to Gorakṣanātha which teaches the fourfold system of yoga (Mantra, Laya, Haṭha and Rāja).—Accordingly, “Some drink urine, their own impurity. Some eat their saliva as food. Some draw up [their] semen (bindu) that falls from a woman’s vagina after having penetrated [her]. And some who are skilled in circulating the breath through the channels of the entire body, consume dhātus. They do not have mastery of the body without [the state of] Rājayoga, in which their minds are absent. When the mind has attained equanimity and the breath moves into the central channel, [then] these Amarolī, Vajrolī and Sahajolī [Mudras] arise”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shiva Sutras

Bindu (बिन्दु).—In the body of that kundalini, the Yogi finds bindu. This bindu, which is residing in the body of the Divine Mother kundalini, has four projections radiating from its center.

  1. The first projection is that of subjective awareness (pramatri).
  2. The second projection is cognitive awareness (pramana).
  3. The third projection is objective awareness (prameya).
  4. The fourth projection is digestive awareness (pramiti-bhava).

Here, bindu refers to the supreme semen (virya) that becomes agitated there. The formation of kundalini is of that supreme semen. It is not individual semen. It is something beyond that, experienced only by Yogis.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Bindu (बिन्दु) is the name of a deity who was imparted with the knowledge of the Siddhāgama by Sadāśiva through parasambandha, according to the pratisaṃhitā theory of Āgama origin and relationship (sambandha). The siddha-āgama, being part of the eighteen Rudrabhedāgamas, refers to 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.

Bindu in turn transmitted the Siddhāgama (through mahānsambandha) to Caṇḍeśvara who then, through divya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Devas who, through divyādivya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Ṛṣis who finally, through adivya-sambandha, revealed the Siddhāgama to human beings (Manuṣya). (also see Anantaśambhu’s commentary on the Siddhāntasārāvali of Trilocanaśivācārya)

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra

Bindu (बिन्दु).—The term bindu means doubly the geometrical “point” or “center” and the metaphysical principle of “nucleus” (divine potentiality) associated with the origination of the cosmos in Śaiva theology.

Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Bindu (बिन्दु) refers to “drop (stone defect) § 2.10.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Bindu (बिन्दु).—Anusvara, letter pronounced only through the nose; a dot to indicate the nasal phonetic element shown in writing above or sometimes after that letter or vowel, after which it is uttered; cf. अं इत्यनुस्वारः । अकार इह उच्चारणार्थः इति बिन्दुमात्रो वर्णोनुस्वारसंज्ञो भवति ।। (aṃ ityanusvāraḥ | akāra iha uccāraṇārthaḥ iti bindumātro varṇonusvārasaṃjño bhavati ||) Kat. I.1.19.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Bindu (बिन्दु) (lit. “point”) (alternatively Vindu) refers to the “powerful drop” (i.e., of vital seed) according to the Ambāmatasaṃhitā.—[...] Within the goddess’s Liṅga, Bhairava has become the Point (bindu), that is, the powerful Drop (bindu) of vital seed represented as the Point that is in the centre of the triangular Yoni. This is the inner Command “pervaded by that fierce power of austerity”. It is the energy of bliss (ānandaśakti), which is the goddess’s inner nature. So, as we shall see in greater detail in the following chapter, Bhairava is within the Virgin goddess inside the Liṅga in this form. At the same time, he is also outside the Liṅga praying to the goddess to come out and grace him.

2) Bindu (बिन्दु) or Binducakra refers one of the “sixteen stations of the ascent of kuṇḍalinī” according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] (7) The Wheel of the Point (binducakra) is on the forehead and is the Unbroken Circle. Completely full of the sixteen energies (of the vowels), it is seen to be the lunar orb (candrabimba). [...] (Perfect) contemplation (samādhi) is with (these) sixteen aspects and is (attained) within the form of the sixfold deposition (ṣoḍhānyāsa). He who knows this is (a veritable) Lord of Yogis, the others (who do not) are (just) quoting from books. Once attained the plane that is Void and Non-void, the yogi is freed from bondage”.

3) Bindu (बिन्दु) refers to the “point”, corresponding the Nityātantra system: one of the sixteen spiritual disciplines (darśana) issued from the limbs of the body of the Goddess, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—[...] All spiritual disciplines, whatever the tradition, are necessarily grounded in the same energy of the Śāmbhava state. They issue, as the texts put it, from the limbs of the body of the goddess who is this energy. These range from the lowest extremity—the left big toe—where Buddhism originates, to the highest—the End of Sixteen—where the Śāmbhava state is attained which is the source of the Kubjikā tradition. The systems (darśana) and their corresponding places of origin in the Goddess’s body are as follows: [8) Nityātantra—in the Point—bindu, ...].

Source: The Śāradātilakatantra on Yoga

Bindu (बिन्दु) refers to “drop of energy” and is explained by Lakṣmaṇadeśika in his 11th-century Śaradātilaka verse 25.60.—“From the bindu the nāda arises, [and] once the nāda comes into being tāra, the body of the enemy of [Tri]pura [i.e.Śiva] [can become] the cause of the worlds. May [that body] protect you, that which has the constituents (tattva) as [its] lotus-like face; which is endowed with many arms that equate to the syllables [of the alphabet]; whose [additional] four faces are the Vedas; which is the root of bliss; [and] which is flooded with a mass of divine nectar streaming from the moon digit on [its] diadem”.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Bindu (बिन्दु):—A spot

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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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Kavya (poetry)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (kavya)

Bindu (बिन्दु) or Tilakabindu refers to a “tilaka dot”, according to Bāṇa’s Kādambarī (p. 225-226).—Accordingly, while describing the shire of the Goddess Caṇḍikā, “[Then follows the image of the Goddess Caṇḍikā, which matches the conception of Kālarātri in the passage from the Mahābhārata:] [...] she bore the coquettish apparel of a woman going out to meet Mahākāla at night, with a vine-like body furnished with a raiment reddened with saffron-dye, with a face with red eyes, whose brows were furrowed into a frown, whose lip was crimsoned with betel that was blood, whose cheeks were reddened by the light shed from ear-ornaments of pomegranate flowers, with a forehead on which there was a tilaka dot of vermillion (sindūra-tilaka-bindu) made by a Śabara beauty, covered by a magnificent gold turban. She was worshipped by goats... mice... antelope and black serpents... She was praised on all sides by flocks of old crows; [...]”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)

Source: Hindu Mathematics

Bindu (बिन्दु, “dot”) has been used for zero in word numerals as well as in later literature, when a small circle was in use to denote zero, the dot having been given up long before. The quotation from Subandhu [i.e.,  Vāsavadattā—śūnya-bindu] cannot, therefore, be taken as a definite proof of the use of the dot as a symbol for zero in his time. All that we can infer is that at some period before Subandhu, the dot was in use. We may go further and state that very probably, the earliest symbol for zero was a dot and not a small circle.

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Ganitashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, gaṇitaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mathematics, algebra, number theory, arithmetic, etc. Closely allied with astronomy, both were commonly taught and studied in universities, even since the 1st millennium BCE. Ganita-shastra also includes ritualistic math-books such as the Shulba-sutras.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: A History of Indian Philosophy

According to the Vatula-tantra, the bindu represents the māyopādāna with which Śiva associates Himself for the creation.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Bindu (बिंदु) is a Sanskrit term meaning “point” or “dot.” The feminine case ending is bindi, which denotes a small ornamental, devotional, and often mystical dot that in Hinduism is applied or affixed to the forehead.

1) In metaphysics, Bindu is considered to be the point at which creation begins and may become unity. It is also described as “the sacred symbol of the cosmos in its unmanifested state.” The Bindu is the point around which the mandala is created and it represents the manifestation of the universe.

2) In Tantra, bindu or bindu-visarga ("falling of the drop") is a point at the back of the head where Brahmins grow their tuft of hair. This point exists below the sahasrara chakra and above the ajna chakra and is represented by a crescent moon with a white drop. It represents the manifestation of creations, such as consciousness. Bindu refers to an aspect of the anatomy known as the "subtle body" which is composed of "drops" (Tibetan: ཐིག་ལེ thig le) and "winds" (Tibetan: རླུང rLung).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Bindu (बिन्दु) is the name of a Vaiśya and great benefactor, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVI.—Accordingly, “the Vaiśya P’in-t’eou (Bindu?) was a great benefactor (dānapati). He sat on a great bed (khaṭva) adorned with the seven jewels (saptaratna). This bed had diamond (vajra) feet, was covered with a heavenly mattress and had rubies (padmarāga) as curtains (vitāna). Eighty thousand servants stood on guard on all sides; their adornments were marvelous; they opened the four great doors of the palace and authorized all requests. Six times during both the day and the night the drum was beaten and rays of light shone forth. Of the numberless beings of the ten directions, all those who heard the drum or who were touched by the rays did not fail to rush to the spot in order to receive all kinds of food and drink (annapāna). At the sight of this huge crowd, the Śreṣthin [Bindu] silently raised his eyes to the heavens and immediately there fell from the sky a rain of different foods of a hundred flavors (śatarasasāhāra) and everybody received as much as they wished”.

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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.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (tantric Buddhism)

Bindu (बिन्दु) refers to “generative fluids”, according to the Vimalaprabhā: an eleventh-century commentary on the Kālacakratantra.—The Vimalaprabhā explains the term haṭhayoga as the name of a type of yoga that forces prāṇa (‘vitality’) into the central channel through a practice involving nāda (‘internal resonance’) and retention of bindu (‘generative fluids’).

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Bindu (बिन्दु) refers to the “drop” (i.e., “the 1000 bindus moving the inner channels”), according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly: “[...] Having recourse to the twofold yoga of the bindu (“drop”) and the subtle, the very valuable, he should meditate on the twelve circles’ bindus in [those] shaped like a vajra. One thousand bindus are in the prongs, [which run] upward from the navel area. He should meditate on the bindus in the ten prongs in sequence. By smoke and others, he should make move the 100 [bindus] in the seats of bindus. From that, however subtle the thing might be, it is not a [discriminated] object of sense for the Awakened Ones. He [becomes] completely awakened, [which is] the mahāmudrā or Great Seal, through the meditation on the adamantine vital airs. [...]”.

Note: There are 1000 bindus; 100 bindus move in each of the 10 inner channels. The Bohitā does not explain how the bindus are related to the twelve circles of the Heruka maṇḍala (dvādaśacakrabindu—“twelve circles’ bindus”) and what is the implication of the number 1000 (sahasram ekabindukam—“1000 bindus”) in this context. [It is speculated] that the number 1000 is the approximate total number of deities who reside on the Heruka maṇḍala consisting of the twelve circles. Although the total number of deities, whose names are mentioned in any way in the text, is 986, it is approximately 1000. By visualizing the 1000 bindus moving in the body, the practitioner’s body assumes a form of the body maṇḍala of Heruka.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Bindu in India is the name of a plant defined with Colebrookea oppositifolia in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Sussodia oppositifolia (Sm.) Buch.-Ham. (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Exotic Botany (1806)
· Phytochemistry (1996)
· Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2007)
· Hortus Bengalensis, or ‘a Catalogue of the Plants Growing in the Hounourable East India Company's Botanical Garden at Calcutta’ (1814)
· Prodromus Florae Nepalensis (1825)
· Encycl. Meth. Bot. Suppl. (1817)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

bindu : (nt.) a drop; a dot; a trifle.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Bindu, (cp. Vedic bindu & vindu) 1. a drop, usually a drop of water Sn. 392, 812 (uda°); J. I, 100; Vism. 531 (madhu°); ThA. 281; PvA. 98 (udaka°).—2. a spot (cp. SBE XVII. 155) Vism. 222 (°vicitvā gāvī a spotted cow). ‹-› 3. (as adj.) one of the eight qualities of perfect sound (brahma-ssara, with ref. to the voice of Brahmā and of Buddha, cp. aṭṭhaṅga), which are given at D. II, 211= 227 as (saro hoti) vissaṭṭho ca viññeyyo ca mañjū ca savanīyo ca bindu (vv. ll. bandu & bhindu) ca avisārī ca gambhīro ca ninnādī ca. We may translate by “full, close, compact” (Dial. II. 245 “continuous”). See also below °ssara.—tthanī having breasts round as a bubble J. V, 215.—bindu(ṃ) drop by drop DA. I, 218.—matī (f.) Np. of a courtesan of Pāṭaliputta in the time of Asoka Miln. 121 sq.—matta measuring a drop, even a drop PvA. 100, 104 (eka °ṃ).—sāra Np. of king of India, father of Asoka Dpvs. V, 101; VI, 15; Mhvs. V, 18, 19.—ssara a full rounded voice Sn. 350 (referred by SnA to a Mahāpurisa); adj. having a full voice (see above bindu 3) Pv III, 34 (T. vindu°, BB bindu°; PvA. explns by avissaṭṭha-ssara sampiṇḍita-ssara, i.e. “continuous”); J. II, 439 (=bindhunā avisaṭena piṇḍitena sarena samannāgata C.); V, 204, 299 (=sampiṇḍita-ghana-ssara); VI, 518=581 (=piṇḍita-ssara C.). (Page 487)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bindu (बिंदु).—m (S) A drop. 2 A dot, a point or spot made with a pen &c. 3 The central or focal point, focus.

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

bindu (बिंदु).—m A drop. A dot. Focus.

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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

Bindu (बिन्दु).—[bind-u] A drop, small particle; जलबिन्दुनिपातेन क्रमशः पूर्यते घटः (jalabindunipātena kramaśaḥ pūryate ghaṭaḥ) 'small drops make a pool'; विस्तीर्यते यशो लोके तैलबिन्दुरिवाम्भसि (vistīryate yaśo loke tailabindurivāmbhasi) Manusmṛti 7.33; संक्षिप्यते यशो लोके घृतबिन्दुरिवाम्भसि (saṃkṣipyate yaśo loke ghṛtabindurivāmbhasi) 7.34; अधुना (adhunā) (kutūhalasya) बिन्दुरपि नाव- शेषितः (bindurapi nāva- śeṣitaḥ) Ś.2.

2) A dot, point.

3) A spot or mark of coloured paint on the body of an elephant; न्यस्ताक्षरा धातुरसेन यत्र भूर्जत्वचः कुञ्जरबिन्दुशोणाः (nyastākṣarā dhāturasena yatra bhūrjatvacaḥ kuñjarabinduśoṇāḥ) Kumārasambhava 1.7.

4) A zero or cypher; न रोमकूपौघमिषाज्जगत्कृता कृताश्च किं दूषणशून्यबिन्दवः (na romakūpaughamiṣājjagatkṛtā kṛtāśca kiṃ dūṣaṇaśūnyabindavaḥ) N.1.21.

5) (In geom.) A point having no parts or no magnitude.

6) A drop of water taken as a measure.

7) The dot over a letter representing the अनुस्वार (anusvāra).

8) (In manuscripts) A mark over an erased word (which shows that the word ought not to be erased); 'stet'.

9) A mark made by the teeth of a lover on the lips of his mistress.

1) A peculiar mark like a dot made in cauterizing.

11) The part of the forehead between the eyebrows.

12) (In dramas) the sudden development of a secondary incident (which, like a drop of oil in water quickly diffuses itself and thus supplies important elements in the development of the plot; it is the source of an intermediate object, while 'Bīja' is that of the principal one); अवान्तरार्थविच्छेदे बिन्दुरुच्छेदकारणम् (avāntarārthavicchede bindurucchedakāraṇam) S. D.319.

13) (In phil.) A condition of चिच्छक्ति (cicchakti); सच्चिदानन्दविभवात् सकलात् परमेश्वरा (saccidānandavibhavāt sakalāt parameśvarā) । आसीच्छक्तिस्ततो नादो नादाद् बिन्दुसमुद्भवः (| āsīcchaktistato nādo nādād bindusamudbhavaḥ) ||

Derivable forms: binduḥ (बिन्दुः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Bindu (बिन्दु).—name of a nāga king: Mahā-Māyūrī 247.21.

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

Bindu (बिन्दु).—m. (-ndu) 1. A drop. 2. a particle. 3. A dot, a point. 4. A cipher, (in math.) E. vidi u aff.

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

Bindu (बिन्दु).—[masculine] drop, globule, point, dot; the sign of the Anusvara ([grammar]).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Bindu (बिन्दु) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Rasapaddhati med.

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

1) Bindu (बिन्दु):—[from bind] m. (once n., [Mahābhārata]; in later language mostly written vindu) a detached particle, drop, globule, dot, spot, [Atharva-veda] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] (with hiraṇyaya) a pearl, [Atharva-veda xix, 30, 5] (cf. -phala)

3) [v.s. ...] a drop of water taken as a measure, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a spot or mark of coloured paint on the body of an elephant, [Kumāra-sambhava]

5) [v.s. ...] (ifc. also -ka) the dot over a letter representing the Anusvāra (supposed to be connected with Śiva and of great mystical importance), [Mahābhārata; Kathāsaritsāgara; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] a zero or cypher, [Rāmāyaṇa] (in manuscripts put over an erased word to show that it ought not to be erased = ‘stet’ [Naiṣadha-carita])

7) [v.s. ...] a [particular] mark like a dot made in cauterizing, [Suśruta]

8) [v.s. ...] a mark made by the teeth of a lover on the lips of his mistress, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] a coloured mark made on the forehead between the eyebrows, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] (in [dramatic language]) the sudden development of a secondary incident (which, like a drop of oil in water, expands and furnishes an important element in the plot), [Sāhitya-darpaṇa] (ifc. also -ka)

11) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a man [gana] bidādi

12) [v.s. ...] of an Āṅgirasa (author of [Ṛg-veda viii, 83; ix, 30]), [Anukramaṇikā]

13) [v.s. ...] of the author of a Rasa-paddhati, [Catalogue(s)]

14) [v.s. ...] [plural] Name of a warrior tribe [gana] dāmany-ādi.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Bindu (बिन्दु) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Biṃdu.

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Bindu 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

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Bindu in Hindi refers in English to:—(nm) a point, dot; zero, cipher; spot; (in Indian dramaturgy) a point in drama where a minor episode begins to take shape; see [anusvara]; a drop; bull’s eye (in shooting); -[citrana/chayamkana] stippling..—bindu (बिंदु) is alternatively transliterated as Biṃdu.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Biṃdu (बिंदु) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Bindu.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Biṃdu (ಬಿಂದು):—

1) [noun] a drop of water or other liquid.

2) [noun] a whitish spot on the skin.

3) [noun] a dot; a small, round mark.

4) [noun] the thick, whitish fluid secreted by the male reproductive organs and containing the spermatozoa; semen.

5) [noun] a woman who has last all her children.

6) [noun] the space between two eyebrows (in humans).

7) [noun] a sign (o) used to represent the anusvāra (the 'ಅಂ [am]' sound).

8) [noun] (rhet.) an unimportant, insignificant incident becoming a very important one and turning point in a drama.

9) [noun] a mark left on the lip of a woman made by the biting by her sexual partner with his tooth or teeth.

10) [noun] (phil.) that which is the cause, primary root of all existence.

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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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