Gandaki, aka: Gaṇḍakī; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Gaṇḍakī (गण्डकी).—Name of a river originating from Himālaya, a holy mountain (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Gaṇḍakī (गण्डकी).—R. from the Himalayas visited by Balarāma;1 in the chariot of Tripurārī;2 a mahānadī.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 79. 11: Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 26: Matsya-purāṇa 114. 22.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 133. 23.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 96: 108. 79.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Gaṇḍakī (गण्डकी) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) or River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.26.4, II.82.97). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Gaṇḍakī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gaṇḍakī (गण्डकी).—

1) Name of a river flowing into the Ganges.

2) A female rhinoceros.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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