Indradatta; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Indradatta (इन्द्रदत्त).—See 'Vararuci'.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Indradatta (इन्द्रदत्त).—A Kinnara with human face.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 35.
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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Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Indradatta (इन्द्रदत्त) is the name of a Brāhman, whose story is told in the ‘Story of Vararuci’, according to the Kathāsaritsśgara. Indradatta and another Brāhman (Vyāḍi) once visited Vararuci who lived together with his mother Vasudattā. They recited to him a Prātiśākhya and upon learning that Vararuci could remember any recitation by heart, they started narrating the tale of two Brāhman brothers.

2) Indradatta (इन्द्रदत्त) is the name of an ancient king from Cedi according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 34. Accordingly, “there lived in old time in the land of Cedi a great king called Indradatta. He founded for his glory a great temple at the holy bathing-place of Pāpaśodhana, desiring the body of good reputation, as he saw that our mortal body is perishable. And the king in the ardour of his devotion was continually going to visit it, and all kinds of people were continually coming there to bathe in the holy water”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Indradatta, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

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Indradatta (इन्द्रदत्त).—Author of the ' Gūḍhaphakkikāprakāśa', a gloss on the difficult passages in the Mahābhāṣya.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Indradatta (इन्द्रदत्त) is one of the Bodhisattvas accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata, mentioned in a list of twenty-two in to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13.—They were at the head of countless thousands of koṭinayuta of Bodhisattva-mahāsattvas who were all still awaiting succession and will still accede to Buddhahood. He is also known as Tchou t’ien.

Indradatta is one of the sixteen classified as a lay (gṛhastha) Bodhisattva.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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