Dandavat, Daṇḍavat: 8 definitions


Dandavat 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.

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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Daṇḍavat (दण्डवत्) refers to “having prostrated (before someone)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.31 (“Description of Śiva’s magic”).—Accordingly, after the Gods eulogised Śiva: “Then the lord Śiva who is favourably disposed to his devotees, the lord of magic and free from aberrations went to the lord of mountains. [...] He was in the guise of a saintly Brahmin. He was repeating the name of Viṣṇu with devotion. He had the garland of crystal beads in his hand and the Śālagrama stone round his neck. On seeing that extraordinary guest, Himavat with his attendants stood up in reverence and prostrated (daṇḍavat) before him with devotion. [...]”.

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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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Sports, Arts and Entertainment (wordly enjoyments)

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Source: archive.org: Syainika Sastra of Rudradeva with English Translation (art)

Daṇḍavat (दण्डवत्) refers to “that which resembles a club”, according to the Śyainika-śāstra: a Sanskrit treatise dealing with the divisions and benefits of Hunting and Hawking, written by Rājā Rudradeva (or Candradeva) in possibly the 13th century.—Accordingly, [while discussing the outlines of hawking]: “[...] Attacks are of three kinds, upwards, horizontal and downwards. All three attacks are very enjoyable when the Vājas attack the Varajas. [...] Horizontal attack means pursuing the quarry in sight or out of sight, in the same plane, and striking it like a club (daṇḍavat-patana). [...]”.

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This section covers the skills and profiencies of the Kalas (“performing arts”) and Shastras (“sciences”) involving ancient Indian traditions of sports, games, arts, entertainment, love-making and other means of wordly enjoyments. Traditionally these topics were dealt with in Sanskrit treatises explaing the philosophy and the justification of enjoying the pleasures of the senses.

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Languages of India and abroad

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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