Indradhanu, Indra-dhanu: 3 definitions
Indradhanu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Indradhanu (इन्द्रधनु).—The rainbow created by Vāmadeva.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 4. 29; Vāyu-purāṇa 9. 52; 19. 8; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 8. 54.
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.
General definition (in Jainism)
Indradhanu (इन्द्रधनु) refers to “Indra’s bow” (i.e. the rainbow), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Also, consider that the state of being a mighty lord over gods, snakes and men, which is like a rainbow [com.—similar to (sadṛśam) Indra’s bow (indradhanuḥ) (i.e. the rainbow)], immediately becomes annihilated by itself”.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Indradhanu (इन्द्रधनु).—Name of Indra's bow, the rainbow; स एकव्रा- त्योऽभवत्स धनुरादत्त तदेवेन्द्रधनुः (sa ekavrā- tyo'bhavatsa dhanurādatta tadevendradhanuḥ) Av.15.1.6.
Derivable forms: indradhanuḥ (इन्द्रधनुः).
Indradhanu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms indra and dhanu (धनु).
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Partial matches: Dhanu, Indra.
Starts with: Indradhanus, Indradhanush.
Full-text: Indradhanus, Indracapa, Shakrakarmuka, Sadrisha, Jayacandra, Aye, Dhanus, Aindradhanus, Gangadhara, Shrikanta, Surodaya, Mahidhara, Ja.
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Paraskara-grihya-sutra (by Hermann Oldenberg)
Amarakoshodghatana of Kshirasvamin (study) (by A. Yamuna Devi)
Atmosphere, space, direction, etc. < [Chapter 5 - Aspects of Nature]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 6: Mahāpadma’s adventures in voluntary exile < [Chapter VIII - Śrī Mahāpadmacakricaritra]
Appendix 1.6: New and rare words < [Appendices]
Gautama Dharmasūtra (by Gautama)
Harivamsha Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter 3 - An Account of Various Families; Daksha’s Offspring < [Book 1 - Harivamsa Parva]
A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)