Damodara, aka: Dāmodara, Daman-udara; 15 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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The Damodara stone is thick, of blue colour, and contains a circular mark of blue colour in the central part of the cavity.

Source: archive.org: The Garuda puranam

Dāmodara (दामोदर).—Śrī Kṛṣṇa. When Śrī Kṛṣṇa was a small boy, Yaśodā tied him to a mortar-stone. The boy ran about, dragging the heavy stone with him and the rope snapped. Part of the rope still remained round his abdomen. From that he got the name Dāmodara. "Dama" means rope and "Udara" means abdomen. (See Kṛṣṇa).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Dāmodara (दामोदर).—Kṛṣṇa;1 with the weapon pāśa;2 around his belly Yaśodā bound a rope and fastened him to a mortar.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 36. 39;
  • 2) Ib. IV. 34. 83.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 6. 20; 13. 34.
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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Dāmodara (दामोदर, “He who contains the universe in his belly”):—One of the twenty-four forms of Viṣṇu through which Nārāyaṇa manifests himself. He is accompanied by a counterpart emanation of Lakṣmī (an aspect of Devī) who goes by the name Lajjā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Dāmodara (दामोदर) refers to one of the many varieties of the Śālagrāma (ammonite fossil stones).—The Dāmodara is large in size (sthūla); roundin shape (vartula); bluish hue (nīla); yellow line at the opening; cakra in the middle; small holes; no vanamālā line.  Śālagrāma stones are very ancient geological specimens, rendered rounded and smooth by water-currents in a great length of time. They (eg., Dāmodara stones) are distinguished by the ammonite (śālā, described as “vajra-kīṭa”, “adamantine worms”) which having entered into them for residence, are fossilized in course of time, leaving discus-like marks inside the stone.

Source: archive.org: Pratima Kosa Encyclopedia of Indian Iconography - Vol 6
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Dāmodara (दामोदर), son of king Āṣāḍha, is the name of a Vidyādhara, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 44. Accordingly, as Vajraprabha said to Naravāhanadatta: “... Sūryaprabha and the others beheld with astonishment a very handsome, heavenly youth. And at that moment the herald of the Vidyādharas proclaimed with a loud voice, in front of that youth, whose name was Dāmodara: ‘Victory to the Crown Prince Dāmodara, son of king Āṣāḍha! O mortal, dweller on the earth, Sūryaprabha, fall at his feet. And do homage, O Janamejaya; why have you given your daughter to an undeserver? Propitiate, both of you, this god at once, otherwise he will not be appeased’”.

In chapter 48, it is revealed that Dāmodara is a portion of Viṣṇu, while he was fighting on the side of Śrutaśarman’s army. Accordingly, as Indra said to sage Nārada: “Sūryaprabha and the others of his party are incarnations of Asuras, but Śrutaśarman is a portion of me, and all these Vidyādharas are portions of the gods; so observe, hermit, this is a disguised fight between the gods and Asuras. And observe, in it Viṣṇu is, as ever, the ally of the gods, for Dāmodara, who is a portion of him, is fighting here”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Dāmodara, 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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Dāmodara (दामोदर) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.

Dāmodara is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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India history and geogprahy

Dāmodara is the name of a Brāhmaṇa residing in Brahmapurī according to the “Prince of wales museum plates of Mummuṇirāja”. Accordingly, “Dāmodara, the son of Kesaiya Dīkṣita, who is of the Bhāradvāja-gotra and Mādhyandina-śākhā”.

Dāmodara is also mentioned as the son of Sūdana Dīkṣita, “who is of the Upamanyu gotra and Bahvṛca-śākhā and who has hailed from Bhṛgukaccha included in the Lāṭa-deśa”.

These copper plates (mentioing Dāmodara) were handed over to the Curator (Archaeological Section, Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay) by one Hasan Razak. Its object is to record the grant, by Mammuṇirāja, of the village Ki-icchitā (Mandaraja-viṣaya) to twelve Brāhmaṇas residing in the agrahāra of Brahmapurī. The grant was made on the occasion of a lunar eclipse which occurred on the fifteenth tithi of the bright fortnight of Bhādrapada in the Śaka year 971, the cyclic year being Virodhin.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

1) Dāmodara (दामोदर) was the father of Padmanābha-datta (1350-1400 C.E.): well-known as the founder of Saupadma school of Sanskrit Grammar. He is a resident of Bhoragrāma of Mithilā (now in modern Bihar state). He is the son of Dāmodara and grandson of Śrīdatta.

2) Dāmodara (दामोदर) is the father of Caturbhuja and the great-grandfather of Dhīreśvarācārya (1851-1919 C.E.): a poet of modern Assam who composed Vṛttamañjarī. Dhīreśvarācārya belonged to Tripravara-Bharadvājagotra and was the son of Keśavācārya alias Ātmārāma and Candraprabhādevī, grandson of Caturbhuja and great grandson of Dāmodara. Dhīreśvarācārya learnt the systems of grammar at the age of 12 from Rāmadevopādhyā of Nagarakuchi.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)

Dāmodara is one of the Brāhmaṇa donees mentioned in the “Asankhali plates of Narasiṃha II” (1302 A.D.). When a grant was made to a large number of Brāhmaṇas, the chief amongst the donees seems to have been called Pānīyagrāhin especially. In the present record, though all the donees (eg., Dāmodara) are referred to as Pāṇigrāhi-mahājana, their list is headed by a Brāhmaṇa with Pāṇigrahī as his surname.

These copper plates (mentioning Dāmodara) were discovered from the house of a Santal inhabitant of Pargana Asankhali in the Mayurbhanj State (Orissa). It was made when king Vīra-Narasiṃhadeva was staying at the Bhairavapura-kaṭaka (city, camp or residence).

Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume XXXI (1955-56)
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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dāmōdara (दामोदर).—a (Fancifully formed with dāma Money, and udara Belly.) Rich, opulent, wealthy.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dāmōdara (दामोदर).—a Rich, opulent.

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

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Dāmodara (दामोदर).—an epithet of Kṛṣṇa.

Derivable forms: dāmodaraḥ (दामोदरः).

Dāmodara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dāman and udara (उदर).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dāmodara (दामोदर).—n. of a former Buddha: Mv i.138.1.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Dāmodara (दामोदर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A name of Krishna. 2. A Jina of the past age. E. dāma a rope, and udara a belly; Yasodha his foster mother having in vain passed the folds of a rope round his body, whilst a child, to keep him in confinement. dāma bandhanasādhanaṃ udare yasya .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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