Dharmadhvaja, Dharma-dhvaja: 10 definitions

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Dharmadhvaja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज):—Son of Kuśadhvaja (son of Śīradhvaja). He had two sons named Kṛtadhvaja and Mitadhvaja. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.13.19)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज).—See under Tulasī.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज).—(Janaka) a son of Kuśadhvaja and father of Kṛtadhvaja and Mitadhvaja (Amitadhvaja Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 13. 19; Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 6. 7-8.
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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

Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज) is the name of an ancient king from Ujjayinī, as mentioned in the eleventh story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 85. Accordingly, “... there lived of old in Ujjayinī a king of the name of Dharmadhvaja; he had three wives, who were all daughters of kings, and whom he held very dear. The first of them was called Indulekhā, the second Tārāvalī, and the third Mṛgāṅkavatī; and they were all possessed of extraordinary personal charms. And the successful king, who had conquered all his enemies, lived happily, amusing himself with all those three queens”.

The story of Dharmadhvaja is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even 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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज).—m (S Banner of religion.) Ostentation of religiousness or sanctity. v lāva, ubhāra, ubhava, uḍa. 2 By meton. A forward professor of religion or sanctity.

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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-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज).—m. a religious hypocrite, an impostor; Bhāg.3.32.39.

Derivable forms: dharmadhvajaḥ (धर्मध्वजः).

Dharmadhvaja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and dhvaja (ध्वज). See also (synonyms): dharmadhvajin.

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

Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज).—name of several different former Buddhas: Gaṇḍavyūha 257.2; 259.2; 284.8; 427.2; Lalitavistara 171.17 (no v.l., but Tibetan ḥod zer rgyal mtshan, which points to Raśmidhvaja); name of a Buddha in the nadir, Sukhāvatīvyūha 98.9.

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

Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज).—[adjective] whose banner is virtue, also = seq.; [masculine] a man’s name.

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

1) Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज):—[=dharma-dhvaja] [from dharma > dhara] mfn. ‘whose banner is l°’, feigning virtue, hypocritical, an impostor, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] (also -vat and jika, [Mahābhārata]; jin, [Manu-smṛti iv, 195])

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of the sun, [Mahābhārata iii, 149]

3) [v.s. ...] of a king of Mithilā (son of Kuśa-dhvaja, father of Amitadhvaja and Kṛta-dhvaja), [Purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] of a brother of Kuśadhvaja, [ib.]

5) [v.s. ...] of a king of Kāñcana-pura, [ib.]

6) [v.s. ...] of another person, [Lalita-vistara]

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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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