Candrabhaga, aka: Candra-bhaga, Candrabhāgā, Cāndrabhāgā; 8 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Chandrabhaga.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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One of the Hands of the Famous Rivers.—Candra-bhāga (Chenab), the hand moving. Also see: Vyāvṛttacāpaveṣṭitau.

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., 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) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Candrabhāgā (चन्द्रभागा).—Name of a river originating from Himālaya, a holy mountain (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Candrabhāgā (चन्द्रभागा).—The regions of, fell into the hands of Vrātyas and Mlecchas.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 39; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 69.

2) Candrabhāgā (चन्द्रभागा).—R. a mahānadī near Mānasasaras in Bhāratavarṣa, from the Himalayas; falls into western ocean;1 sacred to Kāla; one of the 16 wives of Havyavāhana fire; in the chariot of Tripurāri.2

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Candrabhāgā (चन्द्रभागा) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.9.19, II.9, VI.10.14, VIII.30.35). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Candrabhāgā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Candrabhāga (चन्द्रभाग) is the name of a king according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII). Accordingly, “in a kingdom ruled by king Yue fen (Candrabhāga), there was a crown prince (kumāra) who loved exquisite tastes; each day the king’s gardener sent him fine fruits. There was a big tree in the garden at the top of which a bird was raising her chicks. This bird always flew full speed to the Perfumed Mountain (Gandhmādana), took a fruit of delicious flavor and [returned] to give it to her chicks who, in arguing over it, let one of the fruits fall to the ground. Next morning the gardener noticed it and, finding it strange, brought it to the king. The king admired the perfume and the extraordinary color of the fruit; the crown prince saw it and asked for it; the king, who loved his son, gave it to him as a gift. The prince ate it and appreciated its flavor so much that he wanted to have one every day”.

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.

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India history and geogprahy

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Candrabhāgā (चन्द्रभागा) is the name of a river mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa that could correspond to the Cinab.—The Candrabhāgā mentioned in the verses 116, 117,120, 121, 154 and 1055 of the Nīlamata seems to be the Cinab which flows to the south east of Kaśmīra and forms a boundary of Dārvābhisāra. Reaching Kishtwar from a northwest course it turns to the south, at Jangalwar it turns to the west and at Arnas it again flows due south past Riasi to Akhnur. It enters the Panjab at Khairi Rihal in Sialkot district of West Panjab (Pakistan).

The Candrabhāgā of the verse 1255 mentioned along with the Godāvarī, the Vaitaraṇī and the Mandākinī, and the verse 1391 identified with the Gaṅgā (Sind) cannot be the Cinab mentioned above. Kalhaṇa’s Rājataraṅgiṇī IV. 638 refers to one Candrabhāgā in the vicinity of Tūlamūlya. Stein identifies Tūlamūlya with Tulamul—situated 78° 48' long. 34° 13' lat. among the marshes through which the Sind river passes before joining the Vitastā. So the branch of the Sind river flowing past Tulamul may have been called Candrabhāgā.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)

Candrabhāgā (चन्द्रभागा) (or Candabhāgā in Pali) is the name of a river situated in Uttarāpatha (Northern District) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—In the Milindapañho we are told of the five hundred rivers that issued forth from the Himavanta mountain. Of these rivers ten are said to be important: Gaṅga, Yamunā, Aciravatī, Sarabhū, Mahī, Sindhu, Sarassatī, Vetravatī, Vitaṃsā and Candabhāgā. The Candabhāgā (Sans. Candrabhāgā) is the Chināb, the Acesines of the Greeks or the Asiknī of the Ṛgveda, a tributary of the Indus or the Sindhu.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Candrabhāgā (चन्द्रभागा).—Name of a river in the south.

Candrabhāgā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms candra and bhāgā (भागा).

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Cāndrabhāgā (चान्द्रभागा).—the river Chandrabhāgā.

Cāndrabhāgā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms cāndra and bhāgā (भागा).

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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