Dhanada, aka: Dhana-da, Dhanadā; 6 Definition(s)

Introduction

Dhanada means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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

Purana

[Dhanada in Purana glossaries]

1a) Dhanada (धनद).—Kubera (s.v.) son of Viśravā.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 2. 32. Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 2. 11.

1b) An Āditya.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 171. 56.

1c) A Marut of the III Gaṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 94.
(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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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Dhanada in Itihasa glossaries]

Dhanadā (धनदा) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.45.13). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Dhanadā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Dhanada in Theravada glossaries]

See Kuvera.

(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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(Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

[Dhanada in Tibetan Buddhism glossaries]

Dhanada (धनद) is another name for Kubera: protector deity of the northern cremation ground.—Synonyms for Kubera are Dhanada (Saṃvarodayatantra 17.39), Yakṣādhipa (Guhyasamayasādhanamālā 34) or Vaiśravaṇa (Gyatso). Kubera is the custodian of wealth, and king of the yakṣas. Iconographically in the Śmaśānavidhi, Kubera has a human mount (naravāhana), is yellow, and holds a “mongoose spitting out a jewel” and skull bowl. In the Adbhutaśmaśānālaṃkāra he is yellow, mounted on a nidhi and holds a club (left) and makes the gesture of threatening (right).

(Source): Google Books: Vajrayogini
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

[Dhanada in India history glossaries]

Dhanada (धनद) corresponds to modern Vastarvan as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.

(Source): archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Dhanada in Sanskrit glossaries]

Dhanada (धनद).—a. liberal. (-daḥ) 1 a liberal or munificent man.

2) an epithet of Kubera; जिगमिषुर्ध नदाध्युषितां दिशम् (jigamiṣurdha nadādhyuṣitāṃ diśam) R.9.25;17.8.

3) Name of fire.

4) = धनञ्जय (dhanañjaya) (4) q. v. °अनुजः (anujaḥ) an epithet of Rāvaṇa; R.12.52.88.

Dhanada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dhana and da (द).

(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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