Dravyadana, Dravyadāna, Dravya-dana: 2 definitions


Dravyadana means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Dravyadana in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dravyadāna (द्रव्यदान) refers to “monetary gifts”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.47 (“The ceremonious entry of Śiva”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Monetary gifts (dravyadāna) were distributed among others. They were diverse. Many songs were sung jubilantly. Then Viṣṇu, I the creator, Indra and other gods as well as the sages joined in jubilation with great pleasure. Then after bowing humbly to Pārvatī with devotion and remembering the lotus-like feet of Śiva they returned to their camps obtaining the permission of Himavat. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Dravyadana in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Dravyadāna (द्रव्यदान) refers to “material generosity” and represents one of the three kinds of generosity (dāna) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XX).—“Material generosity (dravya-dāna) consists of giving unreservedly all the inner (ādhyatmika) and outer (bāhya) goods that one possesses, such as precious stones and jewels (maṇiratna), clothing (vastra), food (āhāra), head (śiras), eyes (nayana), marrow (majjā) and skull (mastaka).”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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