Candavati, Caṇḍavatī, Candavatī: 6 definitions



Candavati 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chandavati.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Candavati in Shaktism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Caṇḍavatī (चण्डवती):—Name of one of the goddesses to be worshipped during Āvaraṇapūjā (“Worship of the Circuit of Goddesses”), according to the Durgāpūjātattva (“The truth concerning Durgā’s ritual”). They should be worshipped with either the five upācāras or perfume and flowers.

Her mantra is as follows:

ह्रीं ओं चण्डवत्यै नमः
hrīṃ oṃ caṇḍavatyai namaḥ

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Candavati in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Purāṇas

Caṇḍavatī (चण्डवती):—One of the nine Durgās (navadurgā) that are worshipped for the prosperity of children, according to the Agni-purāṇa. Her colour is gorocana (red sandal paste). She has sixteen hands each and holds within her right hands a skull, shield, mirror, bow, flag and pāśa (cord), and in her left hands a rod, iron pounder, Śūla, Vajra, sword, Aṅkuśa (a sticklike weapon), Śara (arrow), Cakra and a śalākā. These nine Durgās are seen as different forms of Pārvatī.

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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Candavati - Wife of Assalayana and mother of Maha Kotthita. Ap.ii.480.

2. Candavati - The city wherein, at the Silarama, Sujata Buddha died. BuA.171.

3. Candavati - The birthplace of Anomadassi Buddha (J.i.36; Bu.viii.17; DhA.i.88; AA.i.85; see also Ap.i.76). There Kondanna Buddha spent his first vassa (BuA.110). It existed also in the time of Sumedha Buddha (Ap.ii.422). It was the capital of King Vijitavi (BuA.111).

4. Candavati - Daughter of Brahmadatta, king of Benares. The king offered her to Lomasa kassapa on condition that he should perform a sacrifice of beasts. Kassapa agreed but later withdrew his consent. See the Lomasa Kassapa Jataka. J.iii.515ff; Mil.220.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Candavati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Caṇḍavatī (चण्डवती):—[=caṇḍa-vatī] [from caṇḍa-vat > caṇḍa > caṇḍ] f. Name of one of the 8 Nāyikās of Durgā, [Brahma-purāṇa ii, 61, 80; DevīP.]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Durgā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Candavati 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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