Gandhavat: 5 definitions


Gandhavat means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Gandhavat in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Gandhavat (गन्धवत्) (Tibetan spos can) refers to one of the four Protector-Deities, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] At that time, four gods, Saṃcayavigata, Sukhasaṃcaya, Gandhavat, and Prāsādavat, who guarded the Bodhisattvas, said to the Wicked Māra: ‘In the past, at the place of awakening, the Lord met you, your forces, troops, army and servants directly. At that time, the Lord touched the ground with the jewels in his hand, which are the accumulation of friendliness, compassion, generosity, discipline, restrain, gentleness, morality, learning, concentration, insight, firmness, burning effort, merit, and knowledge, and then the endless, limitless worlds were shaken. In that way it was manifested that you and your forces were defeated, but will you still do the works of māra under the Lord and the Bodhisattvas? You should pay homage to the Tathāgata and the assembly of the Bodhisattvas!’”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gandhavat in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gandhavat (गन्धवत्).—a. Scented, fragrant.

-tī 1 The earth.

2) Wine.

3) Name of Satyavati, mother of Vyāsa.

4) A variety of jasmine.

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

Gandhavat (गन्धवत्).—mfn. (-vān-vatī-vat) Scented, smelling, odoriferous. f. (-tī) 1. The earth. 2. The name of a city. 4. Wine or vinous liquor. 4. A kind of perfume: see murā. 5. The mother of Vyasa. 6. A wild species of Ajwaen: see the yamānī. E. gandha smell, matup poss. affix fem. aff. ṅīp.

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

1) Gandhavat (गन्धवत्):—[=gandha-vat] [from gandha] mfn. endowed with the quality of smell, [Tarkasaṃgraha]

2) [v.s. ...] ([gana] rasādi) endowed with fragrance, scented, odoriferous, [Gobhila-śrāddha-kalpa; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Gandhavat (गन्धवत्):—[gandha-vat] (vān-vatī-vat) a. Fragrant. 3. f. The earth; name of a city, of Vyāsa’s mother and of a perfume; wine; Ajwaen.

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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 (even English!). 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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