Gangadasa, Gaṅgādāsa: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[«previous next»] — Gangadasa in Chandas glossary
Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Gaṅgādāsa (गङ्गादास) (beg. of 16th century), the exponent on metrics has contributed to Sanskrit prosody through his marvelous work Chandomañjarī, a short tract on the science of prosody. The work is very much popular in India for its easy explanations. He has composed the whole text dedicating to Lord Kṛṣṇa.

Gaṅgādāsa is the son of Gopāladāsa (a physician by profession) and Santoṣā  and composed the work Chandomañjarī after worshiping Lord Gopāla (Kṛṣṇa). He also mentions about his preceptor namely Puruṣottama Bhaṭṭa, the author of Chandogovinda (another work on Chanda, which is lost to us) in the first chapter of Candomañjarī.

Gaṅgādāsa is not only influenced by Kedāra, but also borrowed some of the interpretation from his text Vṛttaratnākara. According to Kedāra Bhaṭṭa the gaṇas have pervaded the whole literature like Viṣṇu, who is omnipresent. Gaṅgādāsa followed Kedāra in totto in Chandomañjarī. Secondly the description of samavṛttas, (where Kedāra describes that ‘number of letters same in all the four pādas starting from one to twenty-six, known as samavṛttas’) is also borrowed by Gaṅgādāsa. Thirdly he collects the names of the 26 Vedic metres from Vṛttaratnākara and places them at the end of first chapter of Chandomañjarī as Kedāra does.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Gangadasa in Jainism glossary
Source: Tessitori Collection I

Gaṅgādāsa (गङ्गादास) or “Gaṅgādāsa Sevaka” is the author of the Panaratithisajjhāya (dealing with Festivals in Jain literature), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The Panaratithisajjhāya ((fifteen lunar days’) can be classified under Vrata literature in as much as it combines calendrical elements with exhortations to religious practice. Here, the former are the 15 lunar days. Each of them is associated with one or several terms known in the Jain doctrine as having a number of components corresponding to the lunar day in question. [...]

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gangadasa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Gaṅgādāsa (गङ्गादास) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—guru of Gaṅgādāsa (Chandomañjarī): Chandogovinda, metrics. Quoted Oxf. 198^b.

2) Gaṅgādāsa (गङ्गादास):—Vākyapadī, philosophical grammar. L. 2556. Kh. 71.

3) Gaṅgādāsa (गङ्गादास):—Vedāntadīpikā. K. 130.

4) Gaṅgādāsa (गङ्गादास):—sometimes called gaṅgādhara son of Gopāladāsa, pupil of Gaṅgādāsa and Puruṣottama: Acyutacarita kāvya. Quoted Oxf. 198^b. Chandomañjarī.

5) Gaṅgādāsa (गङ्गादास):—also jñānānanda son of Poviya: Tilaka Khaṇḍapraśastiṭīkā. Oxf. 129^a. Bhr. 140.

6) Gaṅgādāsa (गङ्गादास):—son of Gopāladāsa. add Vṛttamuktāvalī.

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

1) Gaṅgadāsa (गङ्गदास):—[=gaṅga-dāsa] [from gaṅga] m. Name of the author of a [commentator or commentary] on the poem Khaṇḍa-praśasti (cf. gaṅgā-a.)

2) Gaṅgādāsa (गङ्गादास):—[=gaṅgā-dāsa] [from gaṅgā > gaṅga] m. Name of the author of the Chando-govinda, of the Chando-mañjarī and of the Acyuta-carita

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a copyist (about 1542 A.D.)

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Gangadasa in German

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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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