Dharmaranya, aka: Dharmāraṇya, Dharma-aranya; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Dharmāraṇya (धर्मारण्य).—A Brahmin. He had many children. The major portion of his life was spent in hard work to support his large family. After that he went in search of means to attain heaven. In his quest, he happened to reach the realm of Nāgas (serpents). He entered the house of a Nāga named Padmanābha. When he reached the house Padmanābha had been away carrying the chariot of the Sun. Dharmāraṇya sat outside the house and spent a few days in vow and meditation. Then Padmanābha returned. The Brāhmaṇa asked Padmanābha about the ways of attaining heaven. The Nāga replied that there was none superior to the Sun. The Brahmin accepted penance and lived in the hermitage of Cyavana for a few days. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, 4 Chapters from 361).

2) Dharmāraṇya (धर्मारण्य).—A forest which is a holy place. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Vana Parva Chapter 82 Stanza 46, that the moment one enters this forest one would become sinless. This place was once the capital of the King named Asūtarajasa. (See under Kuśa I).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Dharmāraṇya (धर्मारण्य).—In Gayā,1 here Dharma performed sacrifice.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 83. 23.
  • 2) Ib. 111. 23.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Dharmāraṇya (धर्मारण्य) is the name of a holy wood near Gayaśiras, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 93. Accordingly, “... and there [at Gayaśiras] he duly performed a śrāddha, in which he bestowed many gifts on Brāhmans, and then he entered the Holy Wood (Dharmāraṇya). And while he was offering the sacrificial cake to his father in the well of Gayā there rose out of it three human hands to take the cake”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Dharmāraṇya, 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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Dharmāraṇya (धर्मारण्य).—a sacred or penance grove, a wood inhabited by ascetics; धर्मारण्यं प्रविशति गजः (dharmāraṇyaṃ praviśati gajaḥ) Śi.1.32.

Derivable forms: dharmāraṇyam (धर्मारण्यम्).

Dharmāraṇya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and araṇya (अरण्य).

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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