Gajadanta, aka: Gaja-danta; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Gajadanta (गजदन्त) refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with ‘combined hands’ (saṃyuta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) One of the saṃyutta-hastāni (Twenty-six combined Hands).—Gajadanta (elephant’s tusk): Sarpa-śīrṣa hands, the middles of the arms boldly crossed. Patron deity Paramātmā. Usage: grasping a pillar, pulling up a stone, lifting anything heavy.

Note: Quite distinct from the Gaja or Daṇḍa hand of T. A. Gopinatha Rao, “Hindu Iconography”, Vol. I, pt. i, p. 16, and ibid., Pl. V, fig. 12.

2) Gajadanta is one of the saṃyutta-hastāni (Twenty-seven combined Hands).

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

Gajadanta (गजदन्त).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with combined hands (saṃyuta-hasta);—(Instructions): Two Sarpaśiraḥ hands touching the opposite arms between the shoulder and the elbow will give rise to Gajadanta hand.

(Uses): It is to be used to indicate the carrying of the bridegroom and the bride, excessive weight, clasping a pillar and uprooting a hill or a block of stone.

Source: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Marathi-English dictionary

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gajadanta (गजदंत).—m (S Elephant's tooth.) Ivory.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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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Gajadanta (गजदन्त).—

1) an elephant's tusk, ivory; कार्योलङ्कार- विधिर्गजदन्तेन प्रशस्तेन (kāryolaṅkāra- vidhirgajadantena praśastena) Bṛ. S.79.19.

2) an epithet of Gaṇeśa.

3) ivory.

4) a peg, pin, or bracket projecting from a wall. °मय (maya) a. made of ivory.

Derivable forms: gajadantaḥ (गजदन्तः).

Gajadanta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaja and danta (दन्त).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gajadanta (गजदन्त).—m.

(-ntaḥ) 1. A name of Ganesha. 2. Ivory, the elephant’s tooth. 3. A bracket or pin projecting from the wall. E. gaja a elephant, and danta a tooth; Ganesha is represented with an elephant’s head.

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