Bindusara, aka: Bindusāra, Bindu-sara; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Bindusara (बिन्दुसर).—A tīrtha (lake) encircled by the R. Sarasvatī at the foot of the Gaura hill; Viṣṇu let flow drops of joyful tears at the place and hence the name; here Kardama awaited Manu and his daughter; its trees, plants and birds;1 Kapila's residence;2 sacred to Hari;3 visited by Balarāma;4 celebrated for Bhagīratha's penance;5 the seven streams of the Gaṅgā originate here: formed of drops (bindu) of Gaṅgā fallen in anger from the locks of Śiva where she was imprisoned; Indra performed many sacrifices here.6

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 21. 33-44.
  • 2) Ib. III. 25. 5.
  • 3) Ib. VII. 14. 31.
  • 4) Ib. X. 78. 19.
  • 5) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 25 and 31.
  • 6) Matsya-purāṇa 121. 26-42; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 24, 30 and 41.

2a) Bindusāra (बिन्दुसार).—A Kinnara with a human face.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 36.

2b) The son of Candragupta Maurya, and father of Aśokavardhana.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 29-30.
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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Kavya (poetry)

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Bindusāra (बिन्दुसार) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—It is the sacred place in the Himālayās, which is two miles south of the origin of Gaṅgā or Gangotri.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Bindusāra (बिन्दुसार) or Bindusāratantra refers to one of the twenty-eight Gāruḍatantras, 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 Bindusāra belonging to the Garuḍa 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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Bindusara I, the father of Kalashoka (1785-1765 BCE).—According to Divyavadana, Bindusara, the king of Pataliputra, was the son of Nanda. Bindusara I was the son of Nanda and the 10th successor of Bimbisara whereas Bindusara II was the son of Chandragupta Maurya. Divyavadana tells us that Bindusara I had a son named Susim. A brahmana of Champa city came to Pataliputra and left his daughter Subhadrangi in the royal palace of Pataliputra. The queens asked her to do the job of hair-cutting. One day, Subhadrangi tells Bindusara I that she is the daughter of Brahmana but the queens asked her to do the job of hair-cutting. Bindusara I married Subhadrangi and made her his chief queen. Subhadrangi had two sons, Ashoka and Vigatashoka.

Source: The Chronological History of Buddhism

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Bindusāra (बिन्दुसार).—in Divy written Vindu°, n. of a Maurya king, son of Candragupta: Mmk 613.6 (text Binduvāra), 12 (text Bimbasāra); 614.2; father of Aśoka, Divy 369.13 ff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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