Gonanda, aka: Gonandā, Go-nanda; 4 Definition(s)


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Gonanda (गोनन्द) is the name of an ancient king of Kaśmīra as mentioned in the Nīlamata-purāṇa.—The Nīlamata opens with Janamejaya’s inquiry from Vaiśampāyana as to why the king of Kaśmīra did not participate in the war of Mahābhārata although his kingdom was the principal one in the world. Vaiśampāyana states that some time before the Mahābhārata war, king Gonanda of Kaśmīra was invited by his relative Jarāsandha to help him in a war against the Yādavas. Gonanda complied with his request and was slain there by Kṛṣṇa’s brother Bala (Balabhadra).

In order to avenge his father’s death, Gonanda’s son Dāmodara went to Gandhāra to fight with Kṛṣṇa who had gone there to attend a svayaṃvara. Kṛṣṇa killed Dāmodara in the fight that ensued but taking into consideration the high sanctity of Kaśmīra, he coronated the rival’s pregnant widow Yaśovatī. Her posthumous son Gonanda II was a minor at the time of the Great War and so he did not join either the Kauravas or the Pāṇḍavas.

Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Gonanda (गोनन्द).—A soldier of Skandadeva. Śloka 65, Chapter 43, Śalya Parva).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Gonanda (गोनन्द) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.60) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Gonanda) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gonandā (गोनन्दा).—an epithet of the wife of Śiva.

Gonandā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and nandā (नन्दा).

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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