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Diṇḍima, aka: Dindima; 4 Definition(s)


Diṇḍima means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Diṇḍima can be transliterated into English as Dindima, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Diṇḍima (दिण्डिम) is a Sanskrit technical term referring to a musical instrument, first mentioned in Nāṭyaśāstra 4.253, after Śiva danced using Recakas and Aṅgahāras, and Pārvatī performed a ‘gentle dance’.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).


Diṇḍima (दिण्डिम): a Musical Instrument.—It is not mentioned in the Vedic literature, but the Jātakas have it. The Rāmāyaṇa says that it had a leather facing. The Vāyu-purāṇa information is the same as in the case of Bherī.

Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna

Diṇḍima (दिण्डिम).—A war-musical instrument.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 138. 56; Mā. 40. 24.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism


Dindima, (nt.) (Sk. ḍiṇḍima, cp. dundubhi) a musical instrument, a small drum J.VI, 580; Bu I.32. See also deṇḍima. (Page 322)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Deṇḍima, (m. nt.) (Sk. diṇḍima, cp. dindima) a kind of kettle-drum D.I, 79 (v. l. dindima); Nd...
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