Dandam, Daṇḍam: 1 definition
Dandam 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
1) Daṇḍam (दण्डम्).—A divine weapon of Kāla (Yama). It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 41, Stanza 26 that King Yama had presented this weapon to Arjuna.
2) Daṇḍam (दण्डम्).—A holy place on the bank of river Pampā. Those who bathe in this holy place will get the fruits of giving a thousand cows as Gift. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 85, Stanza 15).
3) Daṇḍam (दण्डम्).—One of the four expedients. The four expedients are Sāma, Dāna, Bheda and Daṇḍa. A king should subdue an enemy by resorting to these four expedients. Of the four expedients, sāma and daṇḍa are considered to be the best.
"sāmādīnāmupāyānāṃ caturṇāmapi paṇḍitāḥ / sāmadaṇḍau praśaṃsanti nityaṃ rāṣṭrābhivṛddhaye. //" (Manusmṛti, Stanza 109).
Wise people say that, of the four expedients Sāma and Daṇḍa are the most effective for the prosperity of the country.
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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Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Middle Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Mannarkoyil < [Chapter IV - Temples of Rajendra I’s Time]
Temples in Tiruvorriyur < [Chapter IV - Temples of Rajendra I’s Time]
Shrimad Bhagavad-gita (by Narayana Gosvami)
Khadira-grihya-sutra (by Hermann Oldenberg)
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)