Danam, Dānam: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dānam (दानम्).—Gift. In ancient India a spiritual significance was attached to dānam. (offering of a free gift). One who gave water was said to achieve contentment; one who gave food, eternal happiness; one who gave land, government of the country; one who gave gold would attain longevity; one who gave a house would get domestic felicity; one who gave silver would get physical beauty; one who gave clothes would reach candraloka; one who gave a horse would attain the world of the Aśvinīdevas; one who gave bulls would get prosperity; one who gave cows would reach sūryaloka; according to Manusmṛti.

"vāridastṛptimāpnoti sukhamakṣayyamannadaḥ / tilapradaḥ prajāmiṣṭāṃ dīpadaścakṣuruttamam // bhūmido bhūmimāpnoti dīrghamāyur hiraṇyadaḥ / gṛhadogryāṇi veśmāni rūpyado rūpamuttamam // vāsodaścandrasālokya-maśvisālokyamaśvadaḥ / anaḍuddaḥ śriyampuṣṭām godo bradhnasya viṣṭapam //" (Manusmṛti, Chapter 4).

According to Manu, the Ācārya, the rewards obtained by offering the following articles as "Dānam" are as follows:—

Articles offered as Dānam Reward obtained by dātā (giver).

Vehicle—bed Virtuous wife.

Refuge (shelter) Prosperity.

Corn Eternal happiness.

Brahmajñāna Brahmasāyujya. (See also Nakṣatrayoga and Merudāna).

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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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