Dharmadhvaja, aka: Dharma-dhvaja; 6 Definition(s)
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Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज):—Son of Kuśadhvaja (son of Śīradhvaja). He had two sons named Kṛtadhvaja and Mitadhvaja. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.13.19)Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana
Dharmadhvaja (धर्मध्वज).—See under Tulasī.Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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.
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.
Katha (narrative stories)
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.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
Languages of India and abroad
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.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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.
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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Search found 9 books and stories containing Dharmadhvaja or Dharma-dhvaja. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 28 - The penance and marriage of Śaṅkhacūḍa < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
Chapter LXXXV < [Book XII - Śaśāṅkavatī]
Vetāla 11: King Dharmadhvaja and his Three Very Sensitive Wives < [Appendix 6.1 - The Twenty-five Tales of a Vetāla]
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Chapter 17 - On the anecdote of Tulasī < [Book 9]
Chapter 15 - On the anecdote of Tulasī < [Book 9]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 2: Arrival at Aṣṭāpada < [Chapter VI]
Appendix 1.6: New and rare words < [Appendices]