Dandakaranya, aka: Dandaka-aranya, Daṇḍakāraṇya; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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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

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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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Daṇḍakāraṇya (दण्डकारण्य).—the Daṇḍaka forest in the Deccan; Mb.3; also दण्डकावनम् (daṇḍakāvanam).

Derivable forms: daṇḍakāraṇyam (दण्डकारण्यम्).

Daṇḍakāraṇya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms daṇḍaka and araṇya (अरण्य).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Daṇḍakāraṇya (दण्डकारण्य).—n.

(-ṇyaṃ) The peninsula, the peninsular forest: see the last. E. daṇḍaka, and araṇya a wood.

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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Araṇyadhānya (अरण्यधान्य).—n. (-nyaṃ) Wild rice. E. araṇya, and dhānya grain.
Araṇyaśvan (अरण्यश्वन्).—m. (-śvā) A wolf. E. araṇya, and śvan a dog, the forest dog.
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