Dandahasta, Daṇḍahasta, Danda-hasta: 12 definitions

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Dandahasta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त) and gajahasta are terms which have mislead scholars, some of whom have understood them to mean a hand that carries a staff. Literally, the word daṇḍahasta may have such a meaning, but in Sanskrit iconogaraphic works, it is used to denote the arm and hand thrown forwards and held straight like a stick or like the trunk of an elephant.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त) or simply Daṇḍa refers to “rod, dangling” and represents one of the four Elirkai gestures, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—Accordingly, pratimā-lakṣaṇa (body postures of the icons) is comprised of hand gestures (hasta, mudrā or kai-amaiti), stances/poses (āsanas) and inflexions of the body (bhaṅgas). There are thirty-two types of hands [viz., daṇḍahasta] classified into two major groups known as tolirkai (functional and expressive gestures) and elirkai (graceful posture of the hand).

(Description of Daṇḍa-hasta): When the gaja-hasta is held in front of the body, it is known as daṇḍa-hasta.

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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त) refers to one of the five characteristics of the hand (upahasta) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33. Accordingly, “when one taking with strikes by the right hand after beginning the stroke with the left hand, the serial strokes are called Daṇḍahasta”.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त) refers to the name of a Weapon mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.105). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Daṇḍahasta) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dandahasta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त).—

1) a door-keeper, warder, porter.

2) an epithet of Yama.

Derivable forms: daṇḍahastaḥ (दण्डहस्तः).

Daṇḍahasta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms daṇḍa and hasta (हस्त).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त).—m.

(-staḥ) 1. A staff-bearer. 2. A door-keeper. n.

(-staṃ) A tree, (Tabernæmontana coronaria.) E. daṇḍa, and hasta the hand.

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

Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त).—I. adj. bearing a staff, Mahābhārata 6, 4959. Ii. m. 1. a staffbearer. 2. a door-keeper. Dhanus

Daṇḍahasta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms daṇḍa and hasta (हस्त).

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

Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त).—[adjective] = daṇḍapāṇi adj.

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

1) Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त):—[=daṇḍa-hasta] [from daṇḍa] mfn. staff-handed, [Mahābhārata vi, 4959] (Yama)

2) [v.s. ...] m. a doorkeeper, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] n. = -mātaṅga, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] f(ā, ī). (ā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]; ī, [Bhāvaprakāśa v, 2, 29]) idem

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

Daṇḍahasta (दण्डहस्त):—[daṇḍa-hasta] (staḥ) 1. m. A staff-bearer; door-keeper. n. Name of a tree.

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Dandahasta 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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