Gandiva, Gāṇḍīva, Gāṇḍiva: 12 definitions
Gandiva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव).—The famous bow of Arjuna. Make. It was Brahmā who made the bow. 'This terrible bow which can punish the unjust and the wicked has been made by Brahmā'. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 98, Verse 21). (See full article at Story of Gāṇḍīva from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexSource: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव) refers to the name of a Weapon mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.170.40, IV.5.17, IV.20.1, V.53.12). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Gāṇḍīva) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
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.
Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary
Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव).—The famous bow of Arjuna gifted to him by Varuṇa before the burning of the Khāṇḍava forest. (Ādi Parva in Mahābhārata)
Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव): Arjuna's most potent bow.
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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
gāṇḍīva (गांडीव).—m (S) The famous bow of arjuna. 2 A bow gen.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
gāṇḍīva (गांडीव).—m The famous bow of arjūna. A bow.
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.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Gāṇḍiva (गाण्डिव) or Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव).—[gāṇḍirastyasya saṃjñāyām va P.V.2.11]
1) The bow of Arjuna, presented by Soma to Varuṇa, by Varuṇa to Agni, and by Agni to Arjuna, when the latter assisted him in consuming the खाण्डववनः (khāṇḍavavanaḥ); गाण्डीवं स्रंसते हस्तात् (gāṇḍīvaṃ sraṃsate hastāt) Bg.1.29.
2) A bow in general.
Derivable forms: gāṇḍivaḥ (गाण्डिवः), gāṇḍivam (गाण्डिवम्), gāṇḍīvaḥ (गाण्डीवः), gāṇḍīvam (गाण्डीवम्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-vaḥ-vaṃ) 1. The bow of Arjuna. 2. Any bow; also gāṇḍīva.
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(-vaḥ-vaṃ) 1. The bow of Arjuna. 2. Any bow. E. gāṇḍī what affects the cheek, from gaṇḍa with iñ affix, then va added, and i final lengthened; or continuing short, gāṇḍiva.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Gāṇḍiva (गाण्डिव).—or gāṇḍīva gāṇḍ- īva (cf. the next), m. and n. The bow of Arjuna, Mahābhārata 3, 228; 1, 8177.
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Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव).—see gāṇḍiva.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Gāṇḍiva (गाण्डिव).—[masculine] [neuter] Arjuna's bow.
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Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव).—[masculine] [neuter] Arjuna's bow.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Gāṇḍiva (गाण्डिव):—mn. ([Pāṇini 5-2, 110; Kāśikā-vṛtti]) the bow of Arjuna (presented by Soma to Varuṇa, by him to Agni, and by Agni to Arjuna; also said to have belonged to Prajā-pati, Brahmā, and Śiva), [Mahābhārata iii, v; Bhāgavata-purāṇa i, 9, 15]
2) a bow (in general), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
3) Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव):—[from gāṇḍiva] m. n. ([gana] ardharcādi, [Pāṇini 5-2, 110]) = ḍiva (Arjuna’s bow), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa 9798; Bhāgavata-purāṇa i, 7, 16; Pañcatantra iii, 14, 11]
4) [v.s. ...] a bow (in general), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
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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Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 3.3.14 < [Part 3 - Fraternal Devotion (sakhya-rasa)]
Verse 4.3.10 < [Part 3 - Chivalry (vīrya-rasa)]
Verse 3.3.113 < [Part 3 - Fraternal Devotion (sakhya-rasa)]
Shrimad Bhagavad-gita (by Narayana Gosvami)
Verse 1.29 < [Chapter 1 - Sainya-Darśana (Observing the Armies)]
Verse 18.73 < [Chapter 18 - Mokṣa-yoga (the Yoga of Liberation)]
Verse 1.20 < [Chapter 1 - Sainya-Darśana (Observing the Armies)]
The Mahabharata (English) (by Kisari Mohan Ganguli)
Section LII < [Sanatsujata Parva]
Section CLIX < [Bhagavat-Yana Parva]
Section LIII < [Goharana Parva]
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Chapter 3 - Lord Krishna Saves Yudhisthira from Death < [Karna Parva]
Chapter 5 - The Colossal Armies Moved to Kurukshetra < [Udyoga Parva]
Chapter 4 - Arjuna Challenges the Kaurava Army < [Virata Parva]
The Brahma Purana (by G. P. Bhatt)