Dandavat, Daṇḍavat: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Daṇḍavat (दण्डवत्) refers to “rod-shaped moon”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 4), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If the two horns of the moon should appear but slightly raised and far from each other presenting the appearance of a boat, she brings trouble on the sailors but prosperity on mankind at large. [...] If, on the first lunar day after new moon, both horns should be alike and of equal height, there will be the same prosperity and rain throughout the month as on such first lunar day. If the moon should appear like a rod [i.e., daṇḍavat], the cattle will suffer and the sovereign will rule with a severe rod”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Daṇḍavat (दण्डवत्).—a.

1) Carrying a staff.

2) Furnished with a handle.

3) Having a large army. -ind.

1) Erect or upright like a stick.

2) Falling prostrate; दण्डवत् प्रणामं कृत्वा (daṇḍavat praṇāmaṃ kṛtvā).

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

Daṇḍavat (दण्डवत्).—ind. Prostrate, falling or lying prostrate. E. daṇḍa a stick, and vati aff.

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Daṇḍavat (दण्डवत्).—mfn. (-vān-vatī-vat) Having a stick, carrying a staff. E. daṇḍa, and matup aff.

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

Daṇḍavat (दण्डवत्).—[adverb] like a stick; [with] pra-nam fall prostrate on the earth.

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

1) Daṇḍavat (दण्डवत्):—[=daṇḍa-vat] [from daṇḍa] mfn. ([Pāṇini 5-2, 115; Kāśikā-vṛtti]) carrying a staff, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi i, 11, 566]

2) [v.s. ...] furnished with a handle, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra xxvi]

3) [v.s. ...] having a large army, [Raghuvaṃśa xvii; Kāmandakīya-nītisāra xiii, 37]

4) [v.s. ...] ind. like a stick, [Viṣṇu-smṛti, viṣṇu-sūtra, vaiṣṇava-dharma-śāstra xxviii, 5]

5) [v.s. ...] (with pra-ṇamya, prostrating the body) in a straight line, [??? [Introduction] 5.]

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

1) Daṇḍavat (दण्डवत्):—adv. Prostrate.

2) [(vān-vatī-vat) a.] Having a stick, carrying a staff.

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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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