Hastinaga, Hastināga: 2 definitions


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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Hastināga (हस्तिनाग).—m. (= Pali hatthi°, see [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary] s.v. nāga, [Page619-a+ 70] and Andersen's Reader, Glossary, an excellent elephant), according to [Boehtlingk] (citing Divyāvadāna) ein fürstlicher Elephant; this fits some [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit] passages well enough, and may be meant in Pali Vimānavatthu (Pali) commentary 37.8 hatthināga as gloss on nāga of text (this elephant was indeed a fine one); but it is not always clear that it means more than (any) elephant (they are all noble beasts); one suspects sometimes that hasti- may be prefixed to distinguish this from nāga, serpent: Mahāvastu ii.70.7; 74.12 ff.; Divyāvadāna 74.2 ff.; 286.28 f.; 334.15 (read with mss.); 370.26. (In late Sanskrit Hastināgapura occurs as name of a city, Schmidt, Nachträge; and according to [Paia-sadda-mahaṇṇavo], Prakrit Hatthiṇāgapura, or the like, = Hastināpura.)

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

Hastināga (हस्तिनाग):—[=hasti-nāga] [from hasti > hasta] m. a princely el°, [Divyāvadāna]

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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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