Gadadhara, Gadādhara, Gada-dhara: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Gadādhara (गदाधर).—A synonym of Mahāviṣṇu.

There is a place called Gayā to the north of Mount Kālañjara to the south of Himālayas, to the east of Kuśasthalī and to the west of Vasupura. Once a king called Gaya conducted at Gayā an Aśvamedha, a Naramedha (yajña at which man is offered as sacrifice) and a Mahāmedha and Mahāviṣṇu acted as gate-keeper of Gaya. As Viṣṇu stood guard there holding the gadā (club) in his hands he came to be known as Gadādhara also thenceforth. (Vāmana Purāṇa, Chapter 76).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Gadādhara (गदाधर).—Viṣṇu as; the first narrator of the Matsya Purāṇa; in the Tārakāmaya war;1 boon to Dharmavrata after she became a stone.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 1. 10: 176. 30: 178. 23 and 46 Vāyu-purāṇa 106. 55.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 60. 77: 107. 47: 108. 52: 109. 12, 20.
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Pratima Kosa Encyclopedia of Indian Iconography - Vol 6

Gadādhara (गदाधर) refers to one of the many varieties of the Śālagrāma (ammonite fossil stones).—The Gadādhara is not bright and has only one cakra. Śālagrāma stones are very ancient geological specimens, rendered rounded and smooth by water-currents in a great length of time. They (eg., Gadādhara stones) are distinguished by the ammonite (śālā, described as “vajra-kīṭa”, “adamantine worms”) which having entered into them for residence, are fossilized in course of time, leaving discus-like marks inside the stone.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gadādhara (गदाधर).—m (S) A drinking vessel. It is like an ābakharā.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gadādhara (गदाधर).—an epithet of Viṣṇu; Bhāg.1.8.39.

Derivable forms: gadādharaḥ (गदाधरः).

Gadādhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gadā and dhara (धर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Gadādhara (गदाधर).—m.

(-raḥ) A name of Krishna. E. gadā E. club, and dhara who holds; Krishna or Vishnu is represented holding a mace in one of his hands.

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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. 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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