Dvicandradhi, Dvicandradhī, Dvi-candradhi: 2 definitions


Dvicandradhi means something in 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Dvichandradhi.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Dvicandradhī (द्विचन्द्रधी) refers to the “illusion of seeing two moons due to an eye disease called Timira” (also produced by pressing the eye corners), and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 13.42.; 15.51. The expression is frequently used in philosophical literature as an illustration of illusion, e.g., in Śrībhāṣya 1.1.1; in Śāṃkarabhāṣya 2.1.27; in Paramārthasāra (verse 22). The Yogācāra Buddhist who regards knowledge as the sole reality says that to see a difference between knowledge and its object is to see two moons in one (quoted in Bhāmatī).

The idea [viz., of dvicandradhī] is found also in other texts, e.g., Yogabhāṣya (Samādhipāda); Yogavāsiṣṭha (Sthitiprakaraṇa) 35.36 (reference to māyā); ibid., 40.33; ibid., 45.18; ibid., 54.40 and other passages. Vivaraṇaprameyasaṃgraha (V.S.S, p. 37) refers to dvicandrajñāna as being produced by pressing the eye with a finger. The expression is extremely rare in Kāvya literature. Cf. Kṣemendra’s Kavikaṇṭhābharaṇa (chapter 5); Kādambarī (Pūrvabhāga) refers to the Timira disease as the cause of seeing a black spot bigger than it actually is.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dvicandradhi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dvicandradhī (द्विचन्द्रधी).—The illusion of seeing two moons due to an eye disease called Timira; N.13.42.

Dvicandradhī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dvi and candradhī (चन्द्रधी). See also (synonyms): dvimati.

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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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