Durgadatta, aka: Durgādatta; 2 Definition(s)


Durgadatta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[Durgadatta in Chandas glossaries]

Durgādatta (दुर्गादत्त) (19th century), author of Vṛttamuktāvalī belongs to Mithilā as Maithila is prefixed to his name. Durgādatta introduces his patron Hindupati, a king of the Bundela tribe, presently Bundelkhand of Uttar Pradesh of modern India in his work. Among Durgādatta’s eight works in Sanskrit, Vṛttamuktāvalī is the only work on prosody.

(Source): Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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India history and geogprahy

[Durgadatta in India history glossaries]

Durgādatta (दुर्गादत्त) is an example of a name based on Durgā mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. The only name based on Goddess Durgā is ‘Durgādatta’. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Derivation of personal names (eg., Durgādatta) during the rule of the Guptas followed patterns such as tribes, places, rivers and mountains.

(Source): archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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