Dhanadeva: 7 definitions


Dhanadeva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Dhanadeva in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Dhanadeva (धनदेव) is the name of a merchant (vaṇij), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 64. Accordingly, “... when she [the princess] had said this, she united herself to the mendicant, and killed Ghaṭa in the dead of night. Then, as she was journeying along with that mendicant, the wicked woman fell in with a merchant on the way, whose name was Dhanadeva...”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Dhanadeva, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Dhanadeva in Jainism glossary
Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra

Dhanadeva (धनदेव) is the father of Maṇḍita: the sixth of the eleven gaṇadharas (group-leader) of Mahāvīra.—Śramaṇa Lord Mahāvīra’s congregation had 11 gaṇadharas. All these were Brahmin householders from different places. All these gaṇadharas (for example, Maṇḍita) were Brahmins by caste and Vedic scholars. After taking initiation, they all studied the 11 Aṅgas. Hence, all of them had the knowledge of the 14 pūrvas and possessed special attainments (labdhis).

Source: academia.edu: Tessitori Collection I

Dhanadeva (धनदेव) is the name of a businessman from Āyodhyā, according to the Vyavahārasuddhacaupaī by Samayasundara (dealing with the lives of Jain teachers), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—Accordingly, “The son of the businessman Dhanadeva in Ayodhyā, Dhanadatta had lost his parents as a child. He spent all the money earned by his father until he listened to the preaching of the Jain monk Dharmaghoṣasūri. Unable to follow the monastic path, he decided to follow ethical business. He opened a shop and observed all the rules. But business was unsucessful. [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dhanadeva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Dhanadeva (धनदेव) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—minister, father of Yaśaḥpāla (Moharājaparājaya). Kh. 32.

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

1) Dhanadeva (धनदेव):—[=dhana-deva] [from dhana > dhan] m. Name of a minister and author, [Catalogue(s)]

2) [v.s. ...] of another man, [Pañcatantra]

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Dhanadeva in German

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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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