Durdarshana, Durdarśana, Dur-darshana: 8 definitions



Durdarshana means something in Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Durdarśana can be transliterated into English as Durdarsana or Durdarshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu

Durdarśana (दुर्दर्शन) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Durdarśana] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Durdarśana (दुर्दर्शन) is the name of an ancient king, according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.


“[...] Having represented Śrīmatī’s story on canvas by pictures, Paṇḍitā, learned in strategy, went quickly to display it outside. [...] Just then King Durdarśana’s son, who was fittingly named Durdānta, came there. He looked at the canvas with circumspection for a moment, fell on the ground in a pretended faint, and got up like one who has regained consciousness”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Durdarśana (दुर्दर्शन).—a. ugly, ill-looking; दुर्दर्शनेन घटतामियमप्यनेन (durdarśanena ghaṭatāmiyamapyanena) Māl.2.8.

Durdarśana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dur and darśana (दर्शन).

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

Durdarśana (दुर्दर्शन).—adj. 1. difficult to be seen, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 3, 13, 34. 2. disgusting, [Suśruta] 1, 260, 1.

Durdarśana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dus and darśana (दर्शन).

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

Durdarśana (दुर्दर्शन).—[adjective] difficult or unpleasant to behold.

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

Durdarśana (दुर्दर्शन):—[=dur-darśana] [from dur] mfn. = -darśa, [Suśruta; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Durdarśana (दुर्दर्शन):—(2. duṣ + da) adj. [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 3, 3, 130, Vārttika von Kātyāyana. 1.]

1) schwer zu sehen, zu erblicken von (gen.) [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 3, 13, 34.] —

2) unangenehm anzusehen, übel aussehend [Suśruta 1, 260, 1.]

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Durdarśana (दुर्दर्शन):—

1) [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 10, 71, 23.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Durdarśana (दुर्दर्शन):—Adj. —

1) schwer zu sehen , — erblicken von (Gen.). —

2) unangenehm anzusehen , übel aussehend.

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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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