Dandakaranya, aka: Daṇḍakāraṇya, Dandaka-aranya; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Itihasa (narrative history)

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Daṇḍakāraṇya (दण्डकारण्य) refers to the name of a Forest or Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.83.38). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Daṇḍakāraṇya) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Daṇḍakāraṇya (दण्डकारण्य).—A forest in the Indo-Gangetic Valley. For the story of how this place became a great forest see under Arā. Other information. (1) This is a holy place. He who takes bath in this place would get the fruits of giving a thousand cows as gift. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 85, Stanza 41).

During the time of the forest life of Śrī Rāma he made his cottage in this forest and stayed there for a while. It was in this forest that a part of the body of Śūrpaṇakhā was cut off and the infantry of fourteen thousand giants who came under the leadership of Khara, Dūṣaṇa and Triśira was completely destroyed. Sītā was stolen, Mārīca was killed by Śrī Rāma, and Jaṭāyu died by the sword of Rāvaṇa in this forest of Daṇḍakāraṇya. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapters 277 to 279.) (See full article at Story of Daṇḍakāraṇya from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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

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daṇḍakāraṇya (दंडकारण्य).—n S The peninsular forest, the country from between the narmadā & gōdāvarī rivers to the south. This was in the days of Rama one large forest.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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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