Indradhanus, Indra-dhanus: 8 definitions


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In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

[«previous next»] — Indradhanus in Pancaratra glossary
Source: Universität Wien: Sudarśana's Worship at the Royal Court According to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā

Indradhanus (इन्द्रधनुस्) [=aindradhanus?] refers to a “rainbow”, according to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, belonging to the Pāñcarātra tradition which deals with theology, rituals, iconography, narrative mythology and others.—Accordingly, “An abnormal modification caused by a aggressive ritual against Kings, occurring at the improper time, dreadful and all-reaching, is characterized by the these signs: [...] meteors fall violently making dreadful sounds; ministers fight with each other out of greediness; in the night a terrifying rainbow shines (aindradhanusrājate bhīmam aindraṃ), even if there are no clouds; here and there in the city great danger arises because of fire; [...] from such and other signs he should understand that the enemy is performing a aggressive ritual”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Indradhanus (इन्द्रधनुस्) is the name of Vidyādhara-king from Sūrodaya, according to chapter 6.8 [śrī-mahāpadma-cakrin-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“One day as he was sleeping at night on a couch, like a haṃsa on a lotus, he was kidnaped by the Vidyādhari, Vegavatī, swift as the wind. Saying, ‘Why did you kidnap me, wretched girl, destroyer of sleep?’ the prince raised his fist like a ball of adamant. She said: ‘Do not be angry, powerful one. Listen patiently. There is a city named Sūrodaya on Mount Vaitāḍhya. Its king is Indradhanus, lord of Vidyādharas. His wife is named Śrīkāntā, and they have a daughter Jayacandrā. Because no suitable husband had been found, Jayacandrā became a man-hater. For women without husbands are dead while alive. I painted on canvas the pictures of the kings in Bharatakṣetra and showed them to her but none pleased her. [...]’”.

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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»] — Indradhanus in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Indradhanus (इन्द्रधनुस्).—n.

1) a rainbow; विद्युत्वन्तं ललितवनिताः सेन्द्रचापं सचित्राः (vidyutvantaṃ lalitavanitāḥ sendracāpaṃ sacitrāḥ) Meghadūta 64; Śiśupālavadha 7.4.

2) the bow of Indra

Indradhanus is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms indra and dhanus (धनुस्). See also (synonyms): indracāpa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Indradhanus (इन्द्रधनुस्).—and Sura

Indradhanus is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms indra and dhanus (धनुस्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Indradhanus (इन्द्रधनुस्).—[neuter] = indracāpa.

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

Indradhanus (इन्द्रधनुस्):—[=indra-dhanus] [from indra] n. Indra’s bow, the rainbow, [Atharva-veda xv, 1, 6.]

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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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