Cidananda, Cit-ananda, Cidānanda, Cidanamda: 6 definitions

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Cidananda means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Chidananda.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Cidananda in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Cidānanda (चिदानन्द) refers to “whose form is knowledge-cum-bliss”, and represents an epithet of Śiva used in Sandhyā’s eulogy of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.6. Accordingly:—“[...] Directly perceiving the lord of Durgā she [viz., Sandhyā] eulogised the lord of the worlds: [...] Obeisance to Thee whose form is solitary, pure, luminous, free from illusion, knowledge-cum-bliss (cidānanda), naturally undecaying, eternal bliss, delighted at the outcome of truth and prosperity and productive of glory”.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Cidananda in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Cidānanda (चिदानन्द) refers to “bliss endowed with consciousness”, according to the Jayadrathayāmala: one of the earliest and most extensive Tantric sources of the Kālīkrama system.—Accordingly, as Bhairava teaches the Goddess about his inner state: “Established in the supreme state, I was penetrated by powerful meditation. Then (when this was happening) my supreme energy was awakened from the Root Wheel (kandacakra). Her nature the Great Consciousness [i.e., mahāsaṃvid-svarūpā] and delighting in bliss endowed with consciousness [i.e., sa-cidānanda-nandinī], she entered into the reality in the centre within the foundation, which is the Void of the Pulsing Union (saṃghaṭṭa). There in the centre, O daughter of the mountains, is the supreme light between the two, being and non-being. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Cidananda in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

cidānanda (चिदानंद).—a S (Of whom Mind is the gem; Pure intelligence; delighting in knowledge, "dwelling in light" &c.) Epithets of God.

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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

[«previous next»] — Cidananda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Cidānanda (चिदानन्द) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Svarūpavimarśinīṭīkā.

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

Cidānanda (चिदानन्द):—[=cid-ānanda] [from cid > cit] ‘thought and joy’, in [compound]

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Cidananda in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Cidānaṃda (ಚಿದಾನಂದ):—[noun] the philosophic combination of the pure Consciousness and the supreme Bliss, as the nature of the Absolute.

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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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