Gandika, aka: Gaṇḍikā, Gaṇḍīkā; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Gaṇḍīkā (गण्डीका).—Apparently a town; to the East of Mālyavat; on the slopes of the Gandhamādhana and the Mālyavata; in the first line Ketumālas; and there is a mahāvṛkṣa Janasa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 113. 51: Vāyu-purāṇa 43. 1-4.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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gaṇḍikā : (f.) a hollowed block of wood which is used to serve the purpose of a bell; a gong.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Gaṇḍikā, (f.) (a-n. formation from gaṇḍa or gaṇṭha, see also gaṇṭhikā)—1. a stalk, a shaft (cp. gaṇḍī) J.I, 474; DhsA.319 (of the branches of trees: g°-ākoṭana-sadda).—2. a lump, a block of wood (more freq. spelling gaṇṭhikā, q. v.).—3. N. of a plant Vv 354 (=bandhujīvaka VvA.161).

—âdhāna the putting on of a shaft or stem, as a bolt or bar Vin.II, 172; cp. Vin. Texts III, 213 and gaṇḍī; also ghaṭikā2. (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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gaṇḍikā (गण्डिका).—

1) A sort of pebble.

2) A kind of beverage.

3) Anything advanced beyond the first stage.

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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