Dashtadanta, Daṣṭadanta, Dashta-danta, Dashtadamta: 2 definitions

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Dashtadanta 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.

The Sanskrit term Daṣṭadanta can be transliterated into English as Dastadanta or Dashtadanta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Dashtadanta in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Daṣṭadanta (दष्टदन्त) refers to one who “gnashes his teeth” (viz., Yama), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.35. Accordingly, as Viṣṇu said to Dakṣa:—“[...] there is none to offer us refuge in the three worlds. Who can be the refuge of an enemy of Śiva in this world? Even if the body undergoes destruction, the torture at the hands of Yama is in store for us. It is impossible to bear as it generates much misery. On seeing an enemy of Śiva, Yama gnashes his teeth [viz., daṣṭadanta]. He puts him in cauldrons of oil and not otherwise”.

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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

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dashtadanta in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Daṣṭadaṃta (ದಷ್ಟದಂತ):—

1) [noun] a biting oneself of the lower lip with the teeth (as in anger).

2) [noun] (dance.) one of the gestures exhibiting one’s anger by biting the lower lip.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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