Gandashaila, Ganda-shaila, Gaṇḍaśaila: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Gaṇḍaśaila can be transliterated into English as Gandasaila or Gandashaila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Gaṇḍaśaila (गण्डशैल) is the name of a pleasure-garden (līlodyāna), as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 109. Accordingly, “... then the emperor passed the Mānasa lake, haunted by troops of divine hermits (devarṣi), and left behind him Gaṇḍaśaila, the pleasure garden (līlodyāna) of the nymphs of heaven (dyuyoṣit), and reached the foot of Mount Kailāsa, gleaming white like crystal, resembling a mass of his own glory”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Gaṇḍaśaila, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Gaṇḍaśaila (गण्डशैल) refers to the “hills” at the foot of mountains (śaila) according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains [viz., Gaṇḍa-śaila], jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Gaṇḍa-śaila.—(EI 12), a boulder. Note: gaṇḍa-śaila is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gaṇḍaśaila (गण्डशैल).—

1) a huge rock thrown down by an earthquake or storm; Ki.7.37; cf. also गण्डशैलैः कारवेल्लैर्लोहकण्टकवेष्टितैः (gaṇḍaśailaiḥ kāravellairlohakaṇṭakaveṣṭitaiḥ) | (acalaḥ paripūrṇo'yam ...) Parṇāl 4.75.

2) the forehead; गण्डशैलः कपोले च द्रोणपाषा- णभेदयोः (gaṇḍaśailaḥ kapole ca droṇapāṣā- ṇabhedayoḥ) | Nm.; किं पुत्रि गण्डशैलभ्रमेण नवनीरदेषु निद्रासि (kiṃ putri gaṇḍaśailabhrameṇa navanīradeṣu nidrāsi) | Āryā Saptaśatī.

Derivable forms: gaṇḍaśailaḥ (गण्डशैलः).

Gaṇḍaśaila is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaṇḍa and śaila (शैल).

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

Gaṇḍaśaila (गण्डशैल).—m.

(-laḥ) 1. A rock or rocky fragment fallen from a height thrown down by an earthquake, a storm, &c. 2. The forehead. E. gaṇḍa a cheek, and śaila a rock, the cheek of the mountain, or in the second instance, vice-versa, the mountain as it were of the cheek or face.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Gaṇḍaśaila (गण्डशैल):—[=gaṇḍa-śaila] [from gaṇḍa > gaṇḍ] m. (ifc. f(ā). ) idem, [Harivaṃśa; Śiśupāla-vadha; Bālarāmāyaṇa viii, 59/60; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

2) [v.s. ...] (= -bhitti) the cheekbone, cheek, [Śiśupāla-vadha iv, 40]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a pleasure-grove of the Apsaras, [Kathāsaritsāgara cix, 41.]

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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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