Dhaneshvara, Dhaneśvara, Dhana-ishvara: 16 definitions



Dhaneshvara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi. 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 Dhaneśvara can be transliterated into English as Dhanesvara or Dhaneshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर) is the name of a Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva) that is associated with the Spṛhāda-tīrtha (a sacred bathing place). It represents the seventh of the sixty-four siddhaliṅgas mentioned in the Nepalese Tyasaphu (a folding book or leporello). At each of these spots Śiva is manifest as a Liṅga. Each of these liṅgas (e.g., Dhana-īśvara) has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.

The auspiscious time for bathing near the Dhaneśvara-liṅga at the Spṛhāda-tīrtha is mentioned as “caitra-śukla-navamī vaiśākha-kṛṣṇa-caturdaśī” (latin: caitra-shukla-navami vaishakha-krishna-caturdashi). This basically represents the recommended day for bathing there (snānadina).

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर).—A Brahmin born in the city of Avanti. Abandoning the duties enjoined by scriptures to a Brahmin he strayed away from the Brahmin fold doing all sorts of sins. He became a store-house of sins. He was engaged in commerce and once while travelling he reached the city of Māhiṣmatī. There he met many people from several adjoining villages who had come there to observe the Kārttika Vrata. Later Dhaneśvara was bitten by a cobra there and fell down fainting. Very soon he died. (See full article at Story of Dhaneśvara from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर) or Dhāreśvara is the name of an ancient holy place, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 66. Accordingly, as Hiraṇyākṣa said to a female ascetic: “...  in the holy place of Śiva, called Dhaneśvara, there lived long ago a great hermit, who was waited upon by many pupils. He once said to his pupils: ‘If any one of you has seen or heard in his life a strange occurrence of any kind, let him relate it’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Dhaneśvara, 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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Dhaneśvara refers to one of the sixteen liṅgas worshipped in the maṇḍapas at the Adi Kumbeswarar Temple (Ādi Kumbheśvara) in Kumbakonam (Kumbhakonam), representing a sacred place for the worship of Śiva.—The Ādi Kumbheśvar Temple has three towers. The first Rājagopura is 128 feet high with 9 tiers. The tower is noted for the beauty of the sculptures carved on it. The mūlavar is Kumbheśa Āvudayar in the form of a liṅga. The figure of Lord Murukan in the temple is unique. He is seen with six faces and six hands. The big mahāmaha tank lends a unique glory to this sthala. It is called Amuda Saroruhamand Kaniyūr Tīrta. There are sixteen maṇḍapas around the temple. The sixteen liṅgas worshipped in the maṇḍapas are, [for example, Dhaneśvara]. They are said to have been built in 1542 by Govinda Dikṣitar who was a Minister of Achyutappa Nayakar, the king of Tanjore.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Sum Jaina Canonical Sutras (vividhatirthakalpa)

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर).—Dhaneśvara, a merchant of the town of Kānti rescued the image of the Lord Pārśva (installed by Kṛṣṇa on a sanctified spot in Śaṅkhapura) form the water while returning from Siṃhala and took it to his native town where he began to worship it after installing it in a temple erected for the purpose. After the death of Dhaneśvara, Nāgārjuna, the chief of saints, brought that image home by the celestial path for checking passions (rasastambhana), from which circumstance the place was called Stambhanakatīrtha. People used to worship it as a demon.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dhanēśvara (धनेश्वर).—a (S) Rich, opulent, wealthy.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर).—

1) a treasurer.

2) an epithet of Kubera.

Derivable forms: dhaneśvaraḥ (धनेश्वरः).

Dhaneśvara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dhana and īśvara (ईश्वर). See also (synonyms): dhaneśa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर).—name of two yakṣas: Mahā-Māyūrī 26 and 89.

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

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर).—m.

(-raḥ) Kuvera, the Hindu Plutus. E. dhana wealth, īśvara lord.

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

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर).—m. a name of Kuvera, [Draupadīpramātha] 2, 3. Nandīśvara, i. e.

Dhaneśvara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dhana and īśvara (ईश्वर).

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

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर).—[masculine] [Epithet] of Kubera, a man’s name.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—guru of Vopadeva. W. p. 222. 303. Oxf. 174^b. 319^a.

Dhaneśvara has the following synonyms: Dhaneśa.

2) Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर):—Citramīmāṃsā. Oudh. Iii, 18.

3) Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर):—son of Udaya:
—[commentary] on Bāṇa’s Caṇḍīśataka. Kh. 84. Yaśodarpaṇikā Anargharāghavaṭīkā. Rādh. 23. Lahore. 6.

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

1) Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर):—[from dhana > dhan] m. ‘treasure-lord’, Name of Kubera, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a Brāhman, [Padma-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of Vopadeva’s teacher (cf. [preceding]) etc., [Catalogue(s)]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Dhaneśvara (धनेश्वर):——

1) m. — a) Beiname Kubera's. — b) Nomen proprium verschiedener Männer. sūri. —

2) f. ī — a) Besitzerin von Reichthümer. — b) Nomen proprium einer Frau [Hemacandra's Pariśiṣṭaparvan 10,11.] —

3) wohl n. Nomen proprium einer Oertlichkeit.

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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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