Danadharma, Dānadharma, Dana-dharma: 9 definitions


Danadharma 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Dānadharma (दानधर्म) refers to the “duty of offering gifts”, according to the Niḥśvāsatattvasaṃhitā.—Accordingly, “You have explained (in the previous chapter) the duty of offering gifts (dānadharma); (now) tell me (about) the duty concerning the sacred bathing sites from which there will be the sacred fruit that comes from bathing in each sacred bathing site.”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Dānadharma (दानधर्म) refers to “charitable and virtuous activities”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.16 (“Brahmā consoles the gods”).—Accordingly, as the Gods said to Brahmā: “[...] Our woman folk, the groups of heavenly nymphs have been captured by Tāraka, the powerful. No sacrifice is in the making. No ascetic is in penances. The charitable and virtuous activities [i.e., dānadharma-ādika] are being seldom pursued in the worlds. His commander-in-chief is a simple demon—Krauñca. He has now gone to the nether worlds and is harassing the people very much. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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

dānadharma (दानधर्म).—m (S) A comprehensive term for charitable acts and works: alms-giving, building temples, excavating tanks &c.

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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»] — Danadharma in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dānadharma (दानधर्म).—alms-giving, charity.

Derivable forms: dānadharmaḥ (दानधर्मः).

Dānadharma is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dāna and dharma (धर्म).

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

Dānadharma (दानधर्म).—[masculine] the duty of liberality, charity.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Dānadharma (दानधर्म) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Burnell. 140^b. Dānadharme Mahādevasahasranāmastotra. Ben. 45.

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

Dānadharma (दानधर्म):—[=dāna-dharma] [from dāna > dā] m. duty of liberality, [Manu-smṛti; Hitopadeśa]

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

Dānadharma (दानधर्म):—[dāna-dharma] (rmmaḥ) 1. m. Almsgiving.

[Sanskrit to German]

Danadharma 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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