Dharmaganja, Dharmagañja: 2 definitions

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Dharmaganja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Education: Systems & Practices

Dharmagañja (धर्मगञ्ज).—Nālandā had an imposing library called ‘Dharmagañja’ which consisted of three multi-storey buildings, ‘Ratnasāgara’, ‘Ratnarañjaka’ and ‘Ratnodadhi’, the last being nine-storey high; it contained lakhs of manuscripts. The university was set on fire in 1193 by Bakhtiyar Khilji. By then, it had had great teachers such as Nāgārjuna, Sthiramati, Śīlabhadra and Śāntarakṣita whose fame travelled as far as Tibet and China.

Dharmashastra book cover
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Dharmagañja (धर्मगञ्ज):—[=dharma-gañja] [from dharma > dhara] m. the treasury of law, [Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a library consisting of sacred books, [Buddhist literature]

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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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