Channa, Channā: 18 definitions


Channa 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chhanna.

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In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Channa (चन्न) : A royal servant and head charioteer of Prince Siddhartha, who was to become the Buddha.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Channa - A Wanderer, classed among those who wore clothes (paticchannaparibbajaka). He is only mentioned once, in the Anguttara Nikaya (A.iii.215), where we are told that he visited Ananda at Savatthi and asked him questions about the Buddhas teaching (see Channa Sutta below). Both the Sutta and the Commentary (AA.i.432) add that he was pleased with Anandas explanation, and admitted that the Buddhas teachings were worthy of being followed, though it is not explicitly stated that he accepted them.

2. Channa - A Thera. No particulars of his early life are available. He once stayed at Gijjhakuta, dangerously ill and suffering much pain. He was visited by Sariputta and Maha Cunda, and when they discovered that he contemplated suicide, they tried to deter him, promising to provide him with all necessaries and to wait on him themselves. Finding him quite determined, Sariputta discussed with him the Buddhas teachings and then left him. Soon afterwards Channa committed suicide by cutting his throat. When this was reported to the Buddha, he explained that no blame was attached to Channa, for he was an arahant at the moment of death (M.iii.263ff; S.iv.55ff).

Buddhaghosa explains (MA.ii.1012f.; SA.iii.12f ) that after cutting his throat, Channa, feeling the fear of death, suddenly realised that he was yet a puthujjana. This thought so filled him with anguish that he put forth special effort, and by developing insight became an arahant.

Channa had friends and relations in the Vajjian village of Pubbavijjhana (v.l. Pubbavajira), and came himself from there. v.l. Chandaka.

3. Channa - Gotamas charioteer and companion, born on the same day as Gotama (J.i.54; Mtu.ii.156, 164, 189, 233; iii.91, 262; BuA.233; SA.ii.231; DhsA.34. ThagA. (i.155) says he was the son of a servant woman of Suddhodana). When Gotama left household life, Channa rode with him on the horse Kanthaka as far as the river Anoma. There Gotama gave him his ornaments and bade him take Kanthaka back to his fathers palace (A thupa was later erected on the spot where Channa turned back; Dvy.391). When, however, Kanthaka died of a broken heart, Channas grief was great, for he had suffered a double loss. It is said that he begged for leave to join Gotama as a recluse, but this leave was refused (J.i.64f). He therefore returned to Kapilavatthu, but when the Buddha visited his Sakiyan kinsfolk, Channa joined the Order. Because of his great affection for the Buddha, however, egotistical pride in our Buddha, our Doctrine arose in him and he could not conquer this fondness nor fulfil his duties as a bhikkhu. (ThagA.i.155; his verse (No.69) quoted in Thag. does not, however, refer to any such remissness on his part).

Once, when in the Ghositarama in Kosambi, Channa committed a fault but was not willing to acknowledge it.

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A nun,

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

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

1) Channa in India is the name of a plant defined with Cheilocostus speciosus in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Hellenia grandiflora Retz., nom. nud. (among others).

2) Channa is also identified with Cicer arietinum It has the synonym Ononis crotalarioides M.E. Jones, nom. illeg. (etc.).

3) Channa in South Africa is also identified with Mesembryanthemum tortuosum It has the synonym Mesembryanthemum tortuosum DC. (etc.).

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

· Bot. Handb.. (1796)
· Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany (1985)
· Nomenclator Botanicus (1840)
· Taxon (2006)
· Journal of Japanese Botany (1941)
· Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Leguminosae

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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

channa : (adj.) proper; suitable. (pp. of chādeti) covered; concealed; thatched; given pleasure; relished.

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

1) Channa, 2 (pp. to chad (chand), chandayati, see chādeti2) fit, suitable, proper Vin.II, 124 (+paṭirūpa); III, 128; D.I, 91 (+paṭirūpa); S.I, 9; M.I, 360; J.III, 315; V, 307; VI, 572; Pv.II, 1215 (=yutta PvA.159). (Page 275)

2) Channa, 1 (pp. of chad, see chādeti1) 1. covered J.IV, 293 (vāri°); VI, 432 (padara°, ceiling); ThA.257. ‹-› 2. thatched (of a hut) Sn.18.—3. concealed, hidden, secret J.II, 58; IV, 58.—nt. channaṃ a secret place Vin.IV, 220. (Page 275)

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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

chaṇṇa (छण्ण).—ad Imit. of a tinkling or jingling (as of the little bells on the toes &c.)

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

chaṇṇa (छण्ण).—ad Tinklingly.

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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

Channa (छन्न).—a. [chad-kta ni°]

1) Covered.

2) Hidden, concealed, secret &c.; see छद् (chad).

3) Desolate, solitary.

4) Private.

-nnam A secret; वागुराच्छन्नमाश्रित्य मृगाणामिष्यते वधः । भवाञ्छन्नेन दण्डितः (vāgurācchannamāśritya mṛgāṇāmiṣyate vadhaḥ | bhavāñchannena daṇḍitaḥ) Abhiṣeka.1.19.

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

Channa (छन्न).—mfn.

(-nnaḥ-nnā-nnaṃ) 1. Private, secret. 2. Solitary. 3. Covered. E. chad to cover, affix kta.

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

Channa (छन्न).—[adjective] covered, veiled, concealed, secret; [neuter] cover, secret place, also [adverb] = °— secretly, low.

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

1) Channa (छन्न):—[from chad] a mfn. covered, covered over, [Mahābhārata iii, 800; Rāmāyaṇa i f.; Meghadūta; Bhāgavata-purāṇa] etc. (ifc. cf. [Pāṇini 6-2, 170])

2) [v.s. ...] obscured (the moon), [Mahābhārata i, 2699; Sūryasiddhānta iv, 10 and 22]

3) [v.s. ...] hidden, unnoticed by ([dative case]), secret, clandestine, disguised, [Mahābhārata iii f.; Rāmāyaṇa ii, v; Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Kathāsaritsāgara; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

4) [from chad] ind. (in [compound] nna-), [Rājataraṅgiṇī v, 467]

5) [v.s. ...] ind. (with √gai, to sing) privately, in a low voice, [Lāṭyāyana iii, 1, 12 ff.]

6) [from chanda] b See √1. chad.

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

Channa (छन्न):—[(nnaḥ-nnā-nnaṃ) a.] Private, concealed.

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

Channa (छन्न) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Chaṇṇa.

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Channa 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

Channā (छन्ना) [Also spelled chhanna]:—(nm) a filter; a piece of tattered cloth.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Chaṇṇa (छण्ण) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Channa.

2) Channa (छन्न) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kṣaṇa.

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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

Channa (ಛನ್ನ):—[adjective] covered; concealed; veiled; incognito.

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Channa (ಛನ್ನ):—[noun] the condition or an instance of hiding or being without revealing one’s identify; incognito.

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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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