Dama, aka: Dāma, Dāmā, Ḍama; 12 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Dama (दम):—Son of Marutta (son of Avīkṣit). He had a son named Rājyavardhana. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.2)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Dama (दम).—The brother of Damayantī. No other information about Dama is available in the Purāṇas.

2) Dama (दम).—A hermit. He was one of the hermits who came to visit Bhīṣma when he was lying on the bed of arrows. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 26, Stanza 4).

3) Dama (दम).—See Śaṃbara.

4) Damā (दमा).—A female attendant of Subrahmaṇya. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 46, Verse 5).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Dama (दम).—A son of Marutta, and father of Rājyavardhana.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 2. 29.

1b) A son of Kriyā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 9. 60.

1c) A Sudhāmāna God.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 37.

1d) A god of the Ābhūtaraya group.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 55.

1e) A Vaikuṇṭha God.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 57.

1f) A son of Nariṣyanta, a daṇḍadhara and father of Vikrānta. (Rāṣtravardhana-br. p.; Rajavardhana, vāyu-purāṇa.).*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 61. 8; Vāyu-purāṇa 86. 12; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 36.

1g) An Ārṣeya pravara of Bhārgavas.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 36.

1h) A son of Maṇivara.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 160.

1i) A Mukhya gaṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 18.

1j) A son of Riṣyanta.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 30.

2) Dāma (दाम).—A Sukha God.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 18.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

Dama (दम) and Niyama were two Vidyādharas who fought on Śrutaśarman’s side in the war against Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 48. Accordingly: “... when Śrutaśarman saw that, he quickly sent other ten lords of the Vidyādharas, chiefs of lords of hosts or lords of hosts of warriors,... Two called Dama and Niyama, who exactly resembled one another in appearance, two sons born to the Aśvins in the house of the lord of Ketumālā”.

The story of Dama was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Dama, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

An aggasavika of Vessabhu Buddha. Bu.xxii.24; J.i.42.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

dama : (m.) taming; subjugation; restraint; mastery.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Dāma, (nt.) (Sk. dāman to dyati to bind (Gr. di/dhmi), *dē, as in Gr. dέsma (rope), diάdhma (diadem), u(pόdhma (sandal)) a bond, fetter, rope; chain, wreath, garland S.IV, 163 (read dāmena for damena), 282, (id.); A.III, 393 (dāmena baddho); Sn.28 (=vacchakānaṃ bandhanatthāya katā ganthitā nandhipasayuttā rajjubandhanavisesā); Vism.108. Usually —°, viz. anoja-puppha° J.I, 9; VI, 227; olambaka° VvA.32; kusuma° J.III, 394; gandha° J.I, 178; VvA.173, 198; puppha° J.I, 397; VvA.198; mālā° J.II, 104; rajata° J.I, 50; III, 184; IV, 91; rattapuppha° J.III, 30; sumana° J.IV, 455. (Page 319)

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Dama, (adj.-n.) (& of a nt. damo the Instr. damasā) (Ved. dama; Ags. tam=E. tame, Ohg. zam to *demā in dameti) taming, subduing; self-control, self-command, moderation D.I, 53 (dānena damena saṃyamena=It.15; expl. at DA.I, 160 as indriya-damena uposatha-kammena) III, 147, 229; S.I, 4, 29, 168=Sn.463 (saccena danto damasā upeto); S.IV, 349; A.I, 151; II, 152 sq.; M.III, 269 (+upasama); Sn.189, 542 (°ppatta), 655; Dh.9, 25, 261; Nett 77; Miln.24 (sudanto uttame dame). duddama hard to tame or control Dh.159; PvA.280; Sdhp.367.—arindama taming the enemy (q. v.). (Page 314)

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

dama (दम).—m ( P) Breath, and fig. life. 2 Increased respiration, panting, puffing, blowing: also impeded respiration, gasping. 3 fig. High opinion of self, haughty notions, conceit: also swelling desires and projects, ambition. 4 A moment, an instant. 5 Energy, vigor, stamina, resolution, confidence, spirit, mettle. 6 Strength, spirit, goodness, virtue (as of medicines or drugs). 7 Power of suspending respiration. Ex. tujhā dama mōṭhā mhaṇūna tū buḍūna rāhatōsa. 8 Fixed humidity or moisture (of a soil). 9 The wind (confined air) of a musical instrument. 10 Steaming (a pot of victuals over a slow fire). 11 (Properly dhūma) The bass end or member of the pakhavāja, sambaḷa &c. 12 Allied senses, or applications of the general sense VITALITY or VIGOR, are numerous and common; viz. Patience, perseverance, power of enduring or persisting: inciting, inspiriting, or sustaining influence (of riches, office, employment): sappiness or lucrativeness (in a trade or business): substantialness or possession of funds (in a trader): superior succulency or nutritiousness (of certain kinds of grain): quality of enduring long without being fully digested and disposed of (of particular articles of food--plantains &c.): remaining substance and strength (in worn or used things): capacity of holding out under ignition (of certain fireworks), or of bearing discharges without heating (of certain fire-arms) &c. &c. 13 A draw or pull (of a guḍaguḍī or other smoking pipe). v ghē, pī, khaica, ōḍha, lāva. dama kōṇḍaṇēṃ g. of s. To have one's breath, or fig. one's spirit or ardor, stopped or repressed. dama khāṇēṃ To pause or take breath. 2 To wait, stop a little, have patience. dama ghēṇēṃ To pause, intermit, take breath or rest. dama chāṭaṇēṃ To suspend or hold in the breath. 2 To have patience. 3 To proceed freely--the respiration. Ex. kaphāmuḷēṃ dama chāṭata nāhīṃ. Gen. neg. con. dama ṭākaṇēṃ or sōḍaṇēṃ To throw up hope, confidence, courage. 2 To take breath. dama dēṇēṃ To encourage or inspirit. 2 To embezzle. 3 To scold vehemently. 4 To allow to pause or to rest a moment. dama dharaṇēṃ To hold the breath. 2 To rest, pause, stop a little. 3 To take courage. 4 To wait a while; to have patience. dama pāhaṇēṃ To try the mettle of. dama māra- ṇēṃ To take a pull or whiff (as at a smoking apparatus). 2 To gulp down, lit. fig. (articles of food, money or goods deposited in trust). dama lāgaṇēṃ To be quick, hard, laborious--breathing. dama suṭaṇēṃ To fail or sink--courage or confidence. damāvara dharaṇēṃ (To perform or do upon one's ordinary breathing). To do without hurrying or puffing one's self. ēkā damānēṃ With one breath or sustained effort.

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dama (दम).—m (S) Self-restraint; i. e. subduing the senses, suppressing the passions &c.: also endurance of austerities.

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damā (दमा).—m ( P) Asthma or Dyspnœa. v dāṭa, bhara, lāga, kōṇḍa. 2 Hurried respiration (from running &c.)

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dāma (दाम).—m ( H) Money or cash. Pr. dāma karī kāma bibī karī salāma. Pr. aṅgīṃ karīla tēṃ kāma padarīṃ asēla tō dāma. 2 Price. 3 1&2044;30th of an āṇā, or, in some places, 1&2044;60th.

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dāma (दाम).—ind ( A May remain for ever.) A word adopted from Persian notes and similarly used. See dāmadaulata.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dama (दम).—m Breath. Increased respiration, panting, puffing, blowing; also imped- ed respiration, gasping. Fig. High opinion of self; also swelling desires and projects, ambition. Energy, vig our, stamina, resolution, confidence, spirit, mettle. Strength, spirit, virtue (as of medicines or drugs). Power of suspending respiration. A draw, or pull (of a smoking pipe). v ghē, pī, ōḍha dama kōṇḍaṇēṃ To have one's breath, or fig. one's spirit or ardour, stopped or repressed. dama khāṇēṃ Pause or take breath Wait, stop a little, have patience. dama ghēṇēṃ Pause, take breath or rest. dama chāṭaṇēṃ Suspend or hold in the breath. Have patience. dama ṭākaṇēṃ-sōḍaṇēṃ Throw up hope, courage, &c. Take breath. dama dēṇēṃ Scold vehemently. Encourage or inspirit. dama dharaṇēṃ Hold the breath. Pause, rest, stop a little. Take courage. Wait a while, have patience. dama pāhaṇēṃ Try the mettle of dama māraṇēṃ Take a pull or whiff (as at a smoking appa- ratus). Gulp down. dama lāgaṇēṃ Be quick, hard, laborious-breathing. dama suṭaṇēṃ Fail or sink-courage or confidence. ēkā damānēṃ With one breath or sustained effort.

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dama (दम).—m Self-restraint, i. e. subduing the senses. Suppressing the passions &c.; also endurance of austerities.

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damā (दमा).—m Asthma or Dyspnæa. v dāṭa, lāga, kōṇḍa. Hurried respiration.

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dāma (दाम).—m Money or cash. Price.

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

Ḍama (डम).—A despised and mixed caste (Mar. Ḍoma).

Derivable forms: ḍamaḥ (डमः).

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Dama (दम).—[dam bhāve ghañ]

1) Taming, subduing.

2) Selfcommand, subduing or curbing the passions, selfrestraint; Mb.1.1.2; Bg.1.4; (nigraho bāhyavṛttīnāṃ dama ityabhidhīyate).

3) Drawing the mind away from evil deeds or curbing its evil propensities; (kutsitātkarmaṇo vipra yacca cittanivāraṇaṃ sa kīrtito damaḥ).

4) Firmness of mind,

5) Punishment, fine; चिकित्सकानां सर्वेषां मिथ्या प्रचरतां दमः (cikitsakānāṃ sarveṣāṃ mithyā pracaratāṃ damaḥ) Ms.9.284,29;8.293; Y.2.4; Bhāg.1.18.41.

6) Mire, mud.

7) Viṣṇu.

8) Name of a brother of Damayantī.

Derivable forms: damaḥ (दमः).

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Dama (दम).—Ved.

1) A house, home; दमेदमे समिधम् (damedame samidham) Vāj.8.24.

2) The immates of a house.

Derivable forms: damaḥ (दमः), damam (दमम्).

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Dāma (दाम).—(At the end of a compound) Wreath, garland.

Derivable forms: dāmam (दामम्).

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Dāmā (दामा).—A string, cord.

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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