Dadhivahana, Dadhivāhana: 8 definitions


Dadhivahana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Dadhivahana in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dadhivāhana (दधिवाहन).—An ancient king of Bhārata. The hermit Gautama saved the son of this King from the attack of Paraśurāma (Mahābhārata, Śānti Parva, Chapter 49, Stanza 8).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dadhivāhana (दधिवाहन).—The son of Bali and king of Anga, born without apāna, due to the blunder of Sudeṣṇa; hence Anapāna; father of Diviratha (see Sudeṣṇa).*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 102-3; Matsya-purāṇa 48-91; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 100.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Dadhivahana in Kavya glossary
Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Dadhivāhana (दधिवाहन) is the name of an ancient king of Campā, as mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Accordingly, “The Jina Mahāvīra has imposed special conditions on himself in order to be able to break his fast: a princess reduced to slavery, chained, starving, in tears, one foot outside the house, one foot outside, must offer him oatmeal in a basket. Candanā fulfills these conditions: daughter of king Dadhivāhana of Campā, defeated by Śatānīka, king of Kauśāmbī, she was bought by the merchant Dhanadeva and taken to Kauśāmbī. [...]”.

In another episode, King Sudarśana has a queen named Abhayā.

Cf.  Kalpa Subodhikā Ṭīkā 308.5-309.10; Āvaśyakacūrṇi I 316.13-319.13; Āvasyakaniryukti (Haribhadra commentary) b.7-a.2; Cauppaṇṇamahāpurisacariya 289.4-292.22; Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra X.4. v. 516-600: Johnson VI p. 117-118.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Dadhivahana in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

King of Benares. See the Dadhivahana Jataka.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Dadhivahana in Jainism glossary
Source: Tessitori Collection I

Dadhivāhana (दधिवाहन) is the name of an ancient king from Kosambī, according to the Candanabālāsajjhāya by Ajitadevasūri (dealing with the lives of Jain female heroes), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—Accordingly, “After king Śatānīka’s attack on king Dadhivāhana of Kosambī, the latter’s daughter was in a tragic situation and lived almost as a slave (dāsī) with her feet in chains but she observed Jain ethics. When ‘the lord of the three worlds arrived’ she was thrilled. the gift was praised by the various marvels typical of such events. She became the head nun. among her disciples was Mṛgāvatī”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Dadhivāhana (दधिवाहन):—[=dadhi-vāhana] [from dadhi > dadh] m. Name of a prince (son of Aṅga and father of Divi-ratha), [Mahābhārata xii, 1796; Harivaṃśa 1693 f.; Vāyu-purāṇa ii, 37, 100; Matsya-purāṇa iii, 9l f.]

2) [v.s. ...] (adh, [Agni-purāṇa])

3) [v.s. ...] of a king of Campā, jain.

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Dadhivahana 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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