Dandapani, aka: Daṇḍapāṇī, Daṇḍapāṇi, Dandapānī, Danda-pani; 7 Definition(s)

Introduction

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In Hinduism

Purana

[Dandapani in Purana glossaries]

1) Daṇḍapāṇi (दण्डपाणि).—A king of the family of Yayāti. This King was the son of Vibhīnara and the father of Nimi. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 10).

2) Daṇḍapāṇi (दण्डपाणि).—The son of Pauṇḍraka, the King of Kāśi. Śrī Kṛṣṇa killed Pauṇḍraka. As his son Daṇḍapāṇi was not powerful enough to kill Śrī Kṛṣṇa, he performed the sacrifice of Maheśvara yajña. Being pleased at the sacrifice Śiva created Kṛtyā in the sacrificial fire and sent her to Dvārakā to destroy Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who aimed his Sudarśana cakra (wheel-weapon) at her. She ran to Vārāṇasī, where the wheel turned Kṛtyā and everybody with her to ashes. (Padma-Purāṇa, Uttara Kāṇḍa, Chapter 278).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Daṇḍapāṇi (दण्डपाणि).—The son of Vahīnara, and father of Nimi (Nimitta, Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 17. 35; IX. 22. 43-44; Matsya-purāṇa 50-87; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 21. 15.

1b) The son of Medhāvi.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 276.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Dandapani in Theravada glossaries]

A Sakiyan of Kapilavatthu, son of Anjana and Yasodhara.

His brother was Suppabuddha and his sisters Maya and Pajapati. He was the Buddhas maternal uncle (Mhv.ii.19). He was born in Devadaha (MT.137).

According to northern sources (E.g., Rockhill: p.20) Prince Siddhatthas wife was Dandapanis daughter. It is recorded (M.i.108) that Dandapani once met the Buddha in Kapilavatthu and questioned him on his teachings. The Buddha explained them to him, but he was not satisfied, and went away shaking his head, wagging his tongue, with his brow puckered into three wrinkles.

Buddhaghosa says (MA.i.298) he received his name from the fact of his always being seen with a golden walking stick and that he was a follower of Devadatta.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Dandapani in Mahayana glossaries]

Daṇḍapāṇi (दण्डपाणि) is one of the brothers of Mahāprajāpatī Gautamī, who was born to Devadaha, of the Śākya Añjana. Her brothers were Daṇḍapāṇi and Suprabuddha and her sister was Mahāmāyā, mother of the Buddha. The latter had died eight days after the birth and Mahāprajāpatī took the place of mother to the Buddha. Like her sister, she was the wife of Śuddhodana to whom she had born a son, the handsome Nanda. The Buddha accepted his aunt into the Buddhist order with her five hundred companions.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Dandapani in Pali glossaries]

daṇḍapāṇī : (adj.) carrying a staff in one's hand.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

[Dandapani in Marathi glossaries]

daṇḍapāṇi (दंडपाणि).—a (S That has a staff or stick in hand.) Lusty and rude; burly and bullying.

(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

[Dandapani in Sanskrit glossaries]

Daṇḍapāṇi (दण्डपाणि).—

1) an epithet of Yama; करोमि चिकित्सां दण्डपाणिरिव जनतायाः (karomi cikitsāṃ daṇḍapāṇiriva janatāyāḥ) Bhāg.5.1.7.

2) Name of the god Śiva at Benares.

3) a policeman; इति पश्चात्प्रविष्टास्ते पुरुषा दण्डपाणयः (iti paścātpraviṣṭāste puruṣā daṇḍapāṇayaḥ) Ks.54.23.

Derivable forms: daṇḍapāṇiḥ (दण्डपाणिः).

Daṇḍapāṇi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms daṇḍa and pāṇi (पाणि).

(Source): DDSA: The practical 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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