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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Indradhanu in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Indradhanu (इन्द्रधनु).—The rainbow created by Vāmadeva.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 4. 29; Vāyu-purāṇa 9. 52; 19. 8; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 8. 54.
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Indradhanu in Jainism glossary
Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

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”.

Synonyms: Śakrakārmuka.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Indradhanu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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).

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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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