Jatudhana, Jātudhāna: 8 definitions



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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Google Books: Vajrayogini

Jātudhāna (जातुधान).—Protector deity of the south-western cremation ground.—Jātudhāna also appears as Yātudhāna, a kind of evil spirit or demon responsible for sorcery or withcraft (yātu). He is described in the Śmaśānavidhi 16 and Adbhutaśmaśānālaṃkāra as blue-black (nīla), standing on a corpse, holding sword and skull bowl, naked, with men’s skulls on his head as a chaplet.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Jātudhāna (जातुधान) is the name of the protector (dikpati) associated with Ghorāndhakāra: the south-western cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te 12th century Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. As a part of this sādhana, the practicioner is to visualize a suitable dwelling place for the goddess inside the circle of protection which takes the form of eight cremation grounds.

These protectors (e.g., Jātudhāna) are variously known as dikpati, dikpāla and lokāpala and can be traced to purāṇic legends where eight protectors are assigned to each direction by Brahmā. According to the Śmaśānavidhi verse 20, these protectors are in union with their wives and have four arms, two of which make the añjali gesture of obeisance, while the second pair usually holds a skull bowl and a tantric weapon. They are variously depicted upon their respective mounts, or sitting at the base of the tree.

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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

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

Jātudhāna (जातुधान).—A demon, imp.

Derivable forms: jātudhānaḥ (जातुधानः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jātudhāna (जातुधान).—m.

(-naḥ) A Rakshasa, an imp or goblin. E. jātu sometimes, dhāna possessing, from dhā with lyuṭ or yuc; otherwise yātudhāna, or jātu garhitaṃ dhānam abhidhānam asya . rākṣase .

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

Jātudhāna (जातुधान):—[=jātu-dhāna] for yāt, [Kādambarī ii, 250.]

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

Jātudhāna (जातुधान):—[jātu-dhāna] (naḥ) 1. m. A goblin.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Jātudhāna (जातुधान):—m. = yātudhāna ein Rakṣas [Ramānātha] zu [Amarakoṣa 1, 1, 1, 56.] [Śabdakalpadruma]

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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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