Dadhici, Dadhīci: 9 definitions


Dadhici means something in 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 Dadhichi.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Dadhīci (दधीचि) is the name of a deity who received the Bimbāgama from Praśānta through the mahānsambandha relation, according to the pratisaṃhitā theory of Āgama origin and relationship (sambandha). The bimba-āgama, being part of the eighteen Rudrabhedāgamas, refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgamas: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu.

Dadhīci obtained the Bimbāgama from Praśānta who in turn obtained it from Sadāśiva through parasambandha. Dadhīci in turn, transmitted it to through divya-sambandha to the Devas who, through divyādivya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Ṛṣis who finally, through adivya-sambandha, revealed the Bimbāgama to human beings (Manuṣya). (also see Anantaśambhu’s commentary on the Siddhāntasārāvali of Trilocanaśivācārya)

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dadhīci (दधीचि) is the name of a Sage (Muni) who once attended a great sacrifice by Dakṣa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.27. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] once a great sacrifice was started by Dakṣa, O sage. To partake in that sacrifice, the celestial and terrestrial sages and devas were invited by Śiva and they reached the place being deluded by Śiva’s Māyā. [Dadhīci, ...] and many others along with their sons and wives arrived at the sacrifice of Dakṣa—my son”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Dadhīci (दधीचि).—(also Dadhyañja, Dadhyanga) the son of Atharvan and Citti.1 A sage of much eminence. Taught aśvāśiras mantra to Aśvins and nārāyaṇa varma to Tvaṣṭri, who gave it to Viśvarūpa. The Lord advised Indra to meet the sage whose bones would serve as best weapons to cut Vṛtra's head. When the gods waited on him with this desire, he argued at first that no one would be willing to part with his life. But, he would agree for their sake to sacrifice his life. When he cast off his body, Viśvakarma made it a Vajra for the use of Indra.2 Dadhīci's is an example of one, who gave up life in service.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 42.
  • 2) Ib. VI. 9. 51-55; 10. 2-13; 11. 20.
  • 3) Ib. VIII. 20. 7.

1b) The son of Cyavana Bhārgava; married Sarasvatī and father of Sārasvata;1 Sage by garbha;2 a Mantrakṛt.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 93-4; Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 90.
  • 2) Ib. 54. 94.
  • 3) Ib. 59. 96.

1c) The son of Vairāja Manu.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 21. 41; 30. 102.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Dadhici was a Vedic king, son of Atharvan, who turned a great Rishi. Dadhicha gave his bones to destroy Vritra, a brahmin, who became the head of the Asuras.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dadhīci (दधीचि).—Name of a celebrated sage, who became ready to die, and offered his bones to the gods; with these bones the architect of the gods made a thunderbolt with which Indra defeated Vṛtra and other demons.

Derivable forms: dadhīciḥ (दधीचिः).

See also (synonyms): dadhīca.

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

Dadhīci (दधीचि).—m.

(-ciḥ) A Muni or saint: see the last.

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

Dadhīci (दधीचि):—[from dadh] m. = ca, [Mahābhārata xii, 10283 ff] (blaming Dakṣa), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā lxxx, 3.]

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

Dadhīci (दधीचि):—(ciḥ) 2. m. Idem.

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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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