Dhanada, Dhana-da, Dhanadā: 12 definitions


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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dhanada (धनद) is a name that Guṇanidhi obtained from Umā, as a result of his severe penance, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.19. Accordingly, as Umā said to Guṇanidhi:—“[...] dear son, I am delighted at your penance. I shall give you the boon you desire. You will be the lord of treasures and the lord of Guhyakas. You will be the king of Yakṣas, Kinnaras and rulers. You will be the leader of Puṇyajanas and the bestower of wealth [viz., Dhanada] to all (sarva). My friendship with you shall remain for ever. I shall stay near you, very near Alakā, dear friend, in order to increase your love. O son of Yajñadatta, great devotee, come on. This is your mother. Fall at her feet with delighted heart”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

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.

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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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

See Kuvera.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Google Books: Vajrayogini

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: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Dhanada (धनद) or Dhanadatārā refers to a deity from the Green Tārā family, according to Buddhist Iconography.—Dhanada Tārā carries the book and the rosary in the first pair of hands, while the second pair carries objects similar to those held by Durgottāriṇī. She has an animal for her Vāhana, is accompanied by eight goddesses originating from the eight syllables of her mantra and bears the image of Amoghasiddhi on the crown. [...] Strictly speaking, only those deities can be called Tārās to whom the mantra: “oṃ tārā tuttāre ture svāhā” is assigned. [...] From the colour of the different Tārās it will be possible to refer them [viz., Dhanada] to their respective Kulas or families presided over by the five Dhyāni Buddhas.

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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

Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)

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

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Dhanada (धनद).—mfn.

(-daḥ-dā-daṃ) Beneficent, liberal, who gives away property, &c. m.

(-daḥ) A name of Kuvera. E. dhana wealth, deṅ to drink, or to give, affix ka, or dhanaṃ dayate de pālane .

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

Dhanada (धनद).—[dhana-da], I. adj. Liberal, Kām. Nītis. 3, 23. Ii. m. A name of Kuvera, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 39, 20.

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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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