Dhundhu: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Dhundhu (धुन्धु).—A notorious Asura. He was the son of the Madhu Kaiṭabhas.

Brahmā was born in the lotus from the navel of Viṣṇu, who was lying in meditation on the surface of water. From the ear-wax of Viṣṇu two asuras—Madhu and Kaiṭabha sprang up. They terrified Brahmā by shaking the stalk of the lotus. Brahmā became terribly afraid of the asuras and ran about on the surface of water. Hearing the cry of Brahmā Viṣṇu awoke, but he could not defeat the asuras. Viṣṇu decided to employ 'Sāma' (conciliation) the first expedient. The arrogant demons ordered Viṣṇu to ask of them any boon. Viṣṇu replied. "If it is so, you must be killed by me." They could not but give the boon. They agreed to the request of Viṣṇu and said: "But we must be killed in an atmosphere, which is not cloudy." Viṣṇu killed them when the atmosphere was clear. (See full article at Story of Dhundhu from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Dhundhu (धुन्धु).—An ancient King who lived on vegetable food only. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 115, Stanza 66).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Dhundhu (धुन्धु).—A son of Pītrāyudha; an Asura; killed by Kuvalayāśva (s.v.) aided by his 21,000 sons.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 6. 22; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 31; Matsya-purāṇa 12. 31; 49. 3.

1b) A son of Madhu the Rākṣasa, caused trouble to peaceful citizens; on Uttanga's request Bṛhadaśva's son vanquished him.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 29.

1c) A son of Arūru, killed by Kuvalāśva.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 31.

1d) A son of Manu and an Asura who entered into sandy deserts near the āśrama of the sage Uttanka and performed a cruel penance for the ruin of the world; once a year he breathed and the breath shook the earth for seven days with dust enclosing the sun's rays. He was killed by Kuvalāśva who became Dhundhumāra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 28-59.

1e) A son of Jayada.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 122.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Dhundhu (धुन्धु) is the son of  Rohita and grandson of Hariścandra, according to the Vaṃśānucarita section of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, [...] Dhundhumāri had three sons Dṛḍhāśva and others. Dṛḍhāśva’s son was Hariścandra and Rohita was the son of Hariścandra. Dhundhu was the son of Rohita. Dhundhu had two sons—Sudeva and Vijaya.

Dhundhu is known as Cuñcu in the Viṣṇupurāṇa chapter IV.3.

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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: University of Vienna: Sudarśana's Worship at the Royal Court According to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā

Dhundhu (धुन्धु) is the name of an ancient king having performed the pacificatory ritual described chapter 47 of the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, belonging to the Pāñcarātra tradition which deals with theology, rituals, iconography, narrative mythology and others.—Accordingly, “[This rite] should be employed by utterly glorious Sovereigns when they are in distress—[...] Ambarīśa, Śuka, Alarka, Māndhātṛ, Purūravas, Rājoparicara, Dhundhu, Śibi and Śrutakīrtana—those Kings of old attained Universal Sovereignty after performing this. They became free of diseases and free of enemies. Their fame was widely spread and blameless”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Dhundhu (धुन्धु).—m. The name of an Asura or demon, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 672.

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

Dhundhu (धुन्धु).—[masculine] [Name] of an Asura: māra [masculine] the slayer of [Desiderative], i.e. Kuvalayāśva.

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

1) Dhundhu (धुन्धु):—m. Name of an Asura slain by Kuvalāśva (or Kuvalayāśva), the father of Sunda, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Rāmāyaṇa; Purāṇa]

2) [varia lectio] for cuñcu, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

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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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