Ganda, aka: Gaṇḍa; 13 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[Ganda in Jyotisha glossaries]

Gaṇḍa has been clearly defined by Nārada as the period of a prahara (3 hours) covering the junction of agni and jala rāśi.

These junctions are

  1. Jyeṣṭha-Mūla (in Scorpio-Sagittarius) ,
  2. Aśleṣā-Maghā (in Cancer-Leo)
  3. and Revatī-Aśvinī (in Pisces-Aries).
(Source): Daivi Varnashram: Nakṣatra Gaṇḍānta
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

[Ganda in Ayurveda glossaries]

Gaṇḍa (गण्ड) is a Sanskrit technical term translating to “goiter”, which is a visible abnormal enlargement of the Thyroid gland. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and Suśruta-saṃhitā. The thyroid gland is a large endocrine gland in the human body consisting of two connected lobes. It controls energy sources, protein synthessis and the body’s hormone sensitivity.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Ganda in Natyashastra glossaries]

1) Gaṇḍa (गण्ड) refers to an “abrupt remark”, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 5.

2) Gaṇḍa (गण्ड, “undue combination of words”) refers to one of the thirteen types of vīthi, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 20. Gaṇḍa can also be translated as “abrupt remark”. Vīthi represents one of the daśarūpa or, “ten kinds of dramatic plays”, which are said to have originated from the various styles (vṛtti), discussed in chapter 22 of the same work.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Gaṇḍa (गण्ड).—One of the thirteen types of vīthi;—Undue Combination of Words (gaṇḍa) according to the wise, occurs due to excitement, confusion, quarrel, reviling and many people’s abusive words

(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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[Ganda in Purana glossaries]

Gaṇḍā (गण्डा).—A dāsī, who served the saptarṣis. (Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 93).

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Ganda in Theravada glossaries]

Gardener of Pasenadi, king of Kusala. It was he who offered to the Buddha the mango, the seed of which produced the Gandamba (J.iv.264). The Apadana Commentary (i.97) calls the gardener Gandabba, and the Divyavadana (p.157) calls him Gandaka.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Ganda in Mahayana glossaries]

Gaṇḍa (गण्ड, “ulcer”) refers to one of the eight kinds of contemplations (anupaśyanā) among the Buddha’s disciples, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XVI). Accordingly, “for them, everything is impermanent (anitya), suffering (duḥkha), empty (śūnya), egoless (anātmaka), like a sickness (roga), an ulcer (gaṇḍa), like an arrow (śalya) stuck in one’s body, like an agony (agha)”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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India history and geogprahy

[Ganda in India history glossaries]

Gaṇḍa (गण्ड) is an example of a name based on animals mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. 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., Gaṇḍa) during the rule of the Guptas followed patterns such as tribes, places, rivers and mountains.

(Source): 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Ganda in Pali glossaries]

gaṇḍa : (m.) a boil; a swelling; a protuberance.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Gaṇḍa, (a variation of gaṇṭha (-i), in both meanings of (1) swelling, knot, protuberance, and (2) the interstice between two knots or the whole of the knotty object, i.e. stem, stalk)—1. a swelling, esp. as a disease, an abscess, a boil. Freq. in similes with ref. to kāma and kāya. Mentioned with similar cutaneous diseases under kilāsa (q. v. for loci). As Ep. of kāya S.IV, 83=A.IV, 386, of kāmā A.III, 310, IV.289; Nd2 on Sn.51; also Th.2, 491 (=dukkhatā sūlaya ThA.288); S.IV, 64 (=ejā); Sn.51, 61 (v. l. for gaḷa); J.I, 293; Vism.360 (°pilakā); DhA.III, 297 (gaṇḍ-ā-gaṇḍajāta, covered with all kinds of boils); IV, 175; PvA.55. Cp. Av. S.II, 1681.—2. a stalk, a shaft, in N. of a plant —°tindu-rukkha J.V, 99, and in der. gaṇḍikā & gaṇḍī, cp. also Av. S.II, 13312. ‹-› 3.=gaṇḍuppāda in cpd. gaṇḍamattikā clay mixed with earth-worms Vin.II, 151 (cp. Bdhgh. gaṇḍuppādagūtha-mattikā clay mixed with excrement of earthworms Vin. Texts III, 172).

—uppāda (lit. producing upheavals, cp. a mole) an earth-worm, classed as a very low creature with kīṭā & puḷavā at M.III, 168; J.V, 210 (°pāṇa); DhA.III, 361 (°yoni); SnA 317. (Page 241)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

[Ganda in Marathi glossaries]

gaṇḍa (गंड).—m (S) A side of the face including the temple, a cheek. 2 An elephant's cheek or temple. 3 The name of the tenth Yog. Hence fig. 4 The force, fierceness, violence, vehemence (of any disease, of rain, wind, the itch). 5 fig. The vaunting or swelling of pride or conceit. v mōḍa, jirava. 6 n A boil. 7 An affix expressive of disgust or contempt attached to the designations of certain orders; as to tēlī, vāṇī, māḷī, jōśī, forming tēlagaṇḍa, vāṇagaṇḍa, māḷagaṇḍa, jōsagaṇḍa, and to the proper names of Kun̤bis gen.

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gaṇḍā (गंडा).—m An aggregate of four (cowries or pice). 2 The string which teachers of particular arts and crafts (singers, dancers, charmers, conjurers) bind round a finger or the wrist of the right arm of their pupils. v ghāla, kara, bāndha. 3 An ornamental cord of black thread bound round the neck of a horse. 4 A charmed cord bound round the wrist or ankle to avert or remove demoniac influence. gaṇḍā ghālaṇēṃ or caḍhaviṇēṃ To bewitch, wheedle, cajole, beguile: also to cheat or trick gen.

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gāṇḍa (गांड).—f (guda S) The posteriors. 2 The anus. 3 fig. The hinder or lower side; the back or bottom of a thing gen.) gāṃ0 jaḍa hōṇēṃ g. of s. To become disdainful or elated with pride. gāṃ0 tōṇḍa hātīṃ dharaṇēṃ To take to lechery and gluttony. gāṃ0 phāṭaṇēṃ g. of s. To be overcome with terror or fear, to funk. gāṃ0 māraṇēṃ To abuse a tergo. gāṇḍīnta suṇṭha phuṅkaṇēṃ g. of o. To put up to; to set on; to incite or instigate. gāṇḍīvara ghāva ghēṇēṃ To be repulsed with dishonor; to fail shamefully in an undertaking. gāṇḍīvara rēgha ōḍhaṇēṃ To draw back, decline, recede meanly. Note. Phrases in use--in use with the vulgar and the polished, with the illiterate and the learned, with males and females, with the man of hoary head and the yet lisping child, and in ordinary, familiar, accepted, and most approved use--amount to hundreds. They are heard in the market and on the road, in the field and in the house, in the discussion of matters of sober business and in angry altercations or fightings. They form an important constituent of many causes and cases which ultimately appear in the halls of the Collector and in the courts of the Judge. This reason for inserting them--and this has been our reason for inserting others of the gross and coarse phrases and terms of the nation's vocabulary--has, however, been deemed insufficient, and all but the above few are omitted. This observation and this notice apply also to the compounds occurring below.

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gāṇḍā (गांडा).—m ( H) A sugarcane.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gaṇḍa (गंड).—m A cheek; an elephant's temple. n A boil.

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gaṇḍā (गंडा).—m Aggregate of four (cowries). A charmed cord bound round the wrist or ankle to avert or remove demoniac influence. gaṇḍā ghālaṇēṃ Cajole, beguile, bewitch; also to cheat or trick.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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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