Gandiva, aka: Gāṇḍīva, Gāṇḍiva; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


[Gandiva in Purana glossaries]

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): Puranic Encyclopaedia

Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव).—The arrow of Arjuna;1 the bow of Arjuna lost its power after Kṛṣṇa's departure to heaven.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 7. 16: 9. 15; X. 58. 13.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 38. 21, 23 and 45.
(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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Gandiva in Hinduism glossaries]

Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव): Arjuna's most potent bow.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

Gāṇḍīva (गाण्डीव).—The famous bow of Arjuna gifted to him by Varuṇa before the burning of the Khāṇḍava forest. (Ādi Parva in Mahābhārata)

(Source): ISKCON Press: Glossary

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Gandiva in Marathi glossaries]

gāṇḍīva (गांडीव).—m (S) The famous bow of arjuna. 2 A bow gen.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gāṇḍīva (गांडीव).—m The famous bow of arjūna. A bow.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Gandiva in Sanskrit glossaries]

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): 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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