Gangeya, Gāṅgeya: 11 definitions


Gangeya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Gāṅgeya (additional aspect of Subrahmaṇya, according to the Śrītatvanidhi) is required to be represented with a single face, three eyes and four arms. The head must be adorned with a karaṇḍa-makuṭa; he should be standing upon a makara (a kind of fish) and should be carrying a flag on which is painted a kukkuṭa, and should be adorned with nīlotpala flowers. In his right hands should be a paraśu and a pūrṇa-kumbha (a vessel filled with water); in the left hands he should keep an araṇi (a piece of wood which is used in generating fire by friction) and a kukkuṭa. The colour of this aspect of Subrahmaṇya is that of gold.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Gāṅgeya (गाङ्गेय) refers to a variety of prāsāda (upper storey of any building), according to the Śilparatna (32.7) and the Īśānaśiva (32.70).

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Gāṅgeya (गाङ्गेय).—See under Bhīṣma.

2) Gāṅgeya (गाङ्गेय).—Subrahmaṇya (See under Subrahmaṇya).

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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Gāṅgeya (गाङ्गेय) refers to (1) “gold”, (2) another name for Bhīṣma or Kārtikeya, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 11.95.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Gāṅgeya.—(Ep. Ind., Vol. XIV, p. 38), gold. Note: gāṅgeya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gāṅgeya (गाङ्गेय).—a. (- f.) Being in or on or of the Ganges; स्नातानां शुचिभिस्तोयैर्गाङ्गेयैः प्रयतात्मनाम् (snātānāṃ śucibhistoyairgāṅgeyaiḥ prayatātmanām) Mb.13.26.31.

-yaḥ 1 Name of Bhīṣma or Kārtikeya.

2) The Hilsa fish.

-yam 1 Gold.

2) The Musta grass.

3) The Dhattūra plant; गाङ्गेयः षण्मुखे भीष्मे जातरूपकशेरुणोः । मुस्तायां पुंनपुंसि स्यात् (gāṅgeyaḥ ṣaṇmukhe bhīṣme jātarūpakaśeruṇoḥ | mustāyāṃ puṃnapuṃsi syāt) Nm.

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

Gāṅgeya (गाङ्गेय).—m.

(-yaḥ) 1. Bhishma. 2. Kartikeya: see the preceding. 3. The Hilsa or Illias fish, (Cluponodon ilisha, Ham.) n.

(-yaṃ) 1. Gold. 2. A grass: see kaśeru. 3. A fragrant grass, (Cyperus rotundus.) E. gaṅgā the Ganges, ḍhak affix of descent, &c.

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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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