Dhanya, aka: Dhanyā, Dhānya, Dhānyā; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Dhanyā (धन्या) is the name of a beautiful damsel (kanyā), with black curly hair and red lips, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 92. Dhanyā (and other innumerable ladies) arose out of the agitation of Vaiṣṇavī while she was doing penance at Viśālā. For these young women, Vaiṣṇavī created the city Devīpura, containing numerous mansions with golden balconies, crystal stairs and water fountains, with jewelled windows and gardens.

Vaiṣṇavī is the form of Trikalā having a red body representing the energy of Viṣṇu. Trikalā is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1a) Dhanyā (धन्या).—The Vaiśya caste of Krauñcadvīpa.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 53.

1b) A daughter of Manas; wife of Dhruva; gave birth to a son Śiṣṭa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 4. 38.

2) Dhānya (धान्य).—18 kinds of corn mentioned for making gifts.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 276. 7; 277. 11.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Dhānya (धान्य, “grain”) represents one of the classes of the external (bahya) division of attachment (parigraha) and is related to the Aparigraha-vrata (vow of non-attachment). Dhānya is listed in Śvetāmbara sources such as Devagupta’s Nava-pada-prakaraṇa with Laghu-vṛtti (58), and in Digambara sources such Cāmuṇḍarāya’s Caritrasāra (p. 7).

There is no unanimity on the number of varieties of dhānya: the earlier Śvetāmbaras name seven or eight sorts, Hemacandra and Siddhasena Sūri fix the figure at seventeen, whilst Devendra (and with him later writers such as Ratnaśekhara and Yaśovijaya) prefers a list of twenty-four drawn from the Daśavaikālikaniryukti. Here is Hemacandra’s list:

  1. vrīhi (rice),
  2. yava (barley),
  3. masūra (lentils),
  4. godhūma (wheat),
  5. mudga (the pulse, Phaseolus mungo),
  6. māṣa (the pulse, Phaseolus radiatus),
  7. tila (sesamum),
  8. aṇava (the grain, Panicum miliaceum),
  9. caṇaka (chickpeas),
  10. priyaṅgu (Italian millet, Panicum italicum),
  11. kodrava (the grain, Paspalum scrabiculatum),
  12. sana (hemp),
  13. kalāya (a kind of pulse),
  14. kulattha (the pulse, Dolichos uniflorus),
  15. makuṣṭa (the pulse, Phaseolus aconitifolius),
  16. śāli (rice),
  17. āḍhaki (the pulse, Cajanus indicus),
(Source): archive.org: Jaina Yoga
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

ḍhāṇyā (ढाण्या).—a (ḍhāṇa) Extremely sout--a fruit. 2 Spotted--a serpent, a leopard &c.

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dhanya (धन्य).—a (S) Blessed, happy, beatus; that has attained or accomplished the end of his existence or the object of his desires.

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dhanya (धन्य).—interj Bravo! noble! capital! well done! dhanya vāṭaṇēṃ in. con. To think highly of one's own self or doings.

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dhanya (धन्य).—f (S) Blessedness, beatification, consummated and crowned state.

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dhānya (धान्य).—n (S) pop. dhāna n Corn or grain gen. and, by preeminence, rice (rice in its husk). 2 In the navarātra some grains of rice or wheat are sow in an little earth which is put around dēvī, or in caitra around gaurī. These grains, when grown, are called dhāna. 3 Blades of corn stuck in the turban at the dasarā. dhānyapalālanyāya The law of the corn and its straw. Conquer the king and you conquer his subjects; accomplish or acquire a matter and you attain all it sustains or involves.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ḍhāṇyā (ढाण्या).—a very sour. Spotted.

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dhanya (धन्य).—a Blessed, happy. interj Bravo! well done! dhanya vāṭaṇēṃ in. con. To think high- ly of one's own self or doings.

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dhānya (धान्य).—n dhāna n Corn or grain gen.; and (by pre-eminence,) rice.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dhanya (धन्य).—a. [dhanaṃ labdhā-yat]

1) Bestowing or conferring wealth; धन्यं यशस्यं पुत्रीयमायुष्यं विजयावहम् (dhanyaṃ yaśasyaṃ putrīyamāyuṣyaṃ vijayāvaham) Mb.1.67. Ms.3.16; धन्यानि शास्त्राण्यवेक्षेत (dhanyāni śāstrāṇyavekṣeta) 4.19.

2) Wealthy, rich opulent.

3) Blessed, fortunate, lucky, happy; धन्यं जीवनमस्य मार्गसरसः (dhanyaṃ jīvanamasya mārgasarasaḥ) Bv.1.16;4.37; धन्या केयं स्थिता ते शिरसि (dhanyā keyaṃ sthitā te śirasi) M.1.1.

4) Excellent, good, virtuous; धन्योऽसि कृतकृत्योऽसि पावितं ते कुलं त्वया । यदविद्याबन्धमुक्त्या ब्रह्मीभवितु- मिच्छसि (dhanyo'si kṛtakṛtyo'si pāvitaṃ te kulaṃ tvayā | yadavidyābandhamuktyā brahmībhavitu- micchasi) || Vivekachūdāmaṇi.

5) Wholesome, healthy; (idaṃ pāyasaṃ) प्रजाकरं गृहाण त्वं धन्यमारोग्यवर्धनम् (prajākaraṃ gṛhāṇa tvaṃ dhanyamārogyavardhanam) Rām.1.16.19.

-nyaḥ 1 A lucky or blessed man, a fortunate being; धन्यास्तदङ्गरजसा मलिनीभवन्ति (dhanyāstadaṅgarajasā malinībhavanti) Ś.7.17; Bh.1.41; धन्यः कोऽपि न विक्रियां कलयते प्राप्ते नवे यौवने (dhanyaḥ ko'pi na vikriyāṃ kalayate prāpte nave yauvane) 1.72.

2) An infidel, an atheist.

3) Name of a spell.

4) A source of wealth; धन्यानामुत्तमं दाक्ष्यं धनानामुत्तमं श्रुतम् (dhanyānāmuttamaṃ dākṣyaṃ dhanānāmuttamaṃ śrutam) Mb.3.313.74.

-nyā 1 A nurse.

2) Coriander.

3) Myrobalan; L. D. B.

-nyam 1 Wealth, treasure.

2) Coriander.

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Dhānya (धान्य).—[dhāne poṣaṇe sādhu yat]

1) Grain, corn, rice (for the distinction between sasya, dhānya, taṇḍula and anna see under taṇḍula). सस्यं क्षेत्रगतं प्रोक्तं सतुषं धान्यमुच्यते (sasyaṃ kṣetragataṃ proktaṃ satuṣaṃ dhānyamucyate).

2) Coriander.

3) A measure equal to four sesamum seeds.

Derivable forms: dhānyam (धान्यम्).

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Dhānyā (धान्या).—Coriander.

See also (synonyms): dhānyāka.

(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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