Janapadi, Jānapadī: 3 definitions


Janapadi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Jānapadī (जानपदी).—A celestial maid. This celestial maid was sent by Indra to hinder the penance of the hermit Śaradvān and the moment the hermit saw this celestial beauty seminal discharge occurred to him. Kṛpa and Kṛpī were born from that semen. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 129).

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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 Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Janapadi (जनपदि) refers to a group of deities summoned by the Yamāntaka-mantra and mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Janapadi).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Janapadi (जनपदि).—m. (to janapada; representing stem °pa-din ?), countryman, man of the country: manuṣyā mahāma- nuṣyā janapadayo mahājanapadayaḥ (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 17.14 (prose), in long list of beings of all sorts.

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

1) Jānapadī (जानपदी):—[from jānapada > jātṛ] f. (= vṛtti, oxyt. [Pāṇini 4-1, 42]) a popular expression ([scilicet] ā-khyā), [Lāṭyāyana viii, 3, 9]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of an Apsaras, [Mahābhārata i.5076.]

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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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