Ladduka, Laḍḍuka: 12 definitions


Ladduka 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.

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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

1) Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक) refers to “food that needs to be bitten” and represents one of the six kinds of food (anna), according to the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—According to Raghunātha foodstuffs (āhāra) are of six types on the basis of the process by which they are in-taken [viz., laḍḍuka].

2) Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक) refers to a “sweet ball”, according to the Naiṣadhīyacarita XVI.103, and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Mānasollāsa mentions sweets such as kāsāra, uduṃbara and varṣopalagolaka prepared with wheat flour and rice flour. Kṣīraprakāra which is similar to rasgulla according to Om Prakash is referred to in Mānasollāsa. Svapnavāsavadatta describes modaka as a sweet ball. Naiṣadhīyacarita refers to the sweet laḍḍuka which is a very common sweet even today.

Laḍḍuka is mentioned in a list of potential causes for indigestion in the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana).—A complete section in Bhojanakutūhala is devoted for the description of agents that cause indigestion [viz., laḍḍuka]. These agents consumed on a large scale can cause indigestion for certain people. The remedies [viz., kaṇāmūla] for these types of indigestions are also explained therewith.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक) refers to “ball-like sweets” (suitable for a marriage ceremony)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.37 (“The letter of betrothal is dispatched”).—Accordingly, as Himavat prepared the wedding of Menā and Śiva: “[...] Then he began collecting foodstuffs and other requisite articles intended for the performance of the marriage. [...] Mountainous masses of rice, beaten rice, jaggery, sugar candies and salt were heaped up. He caused huge tanks and receptacles built for milk, ghee and curds as well as for fried flour cakes of barley and other grains and ball-like sweets (laḍḍuka). Big tanks and receptacles were made for the nectar, sugarcane juice, baked cakes, and the sugar candies. [...]”.

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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: BDK Tripiṭaka: The Susiddhikara-sūtra

Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक) refers to one of the various types of cakes mentioned in Chapter 12 (“offering food”) of the Susiddhikara-sūtra. Accordingly, “Offer [viz., laḍḍuka cakes], [...]. Cakes such as the above are either made with granular sugar or made by mixing in ghee or sesamum oil. As before, take them in accordance with the family in question and use them as offerings; if you offer them up as prescribed, you will quickly gain success. [...]”.

When you wish to offer food [viz., laḍḍuka cakes], first cleanse the ground, sprinkle scented water all around, spread out on the ground leaves that have been washed clean, such as lotus leaves, palāśa (dhak) leaves, and leaves from lactescent trees, or new cotton cloth, and then set down the oblatory dishes. [...] First smear and sprinkle the ground and then spread the leaves; wash your hands clean, rinse out your mouth several times, swallow some water, and then you should set down the food [viz., laḍḍuka]. [...]

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक).—A kind of sweetmeat (a round ball of sugar, wheat or rice-flour, ghee, and spices).

Derivable forms: laḍḍukaḥ (लड्डुकः).

See also (synonyms): laḍḍu.

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

Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक).—n.

(-kaṃ) A class of sweetmeats, or a sweetmeat, a sort of ball made with flour fried with oil or ghee, and mixed with sugar and spices, and distinguished into different kinds, according to some slight varieties in its less essential ingredients; also read laḍḍaka.

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

Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक).—[laḍḍu + ka], m. n. A class of sweetmeats, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 2. ed. 9, 11; 13; Brahmav. 3, 8, 53.

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

Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक).—[substantive] a kind of cake.

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

Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक):—[from laḍḍu] or laḍḍu m. a kind of sweetmeat (made of coarsely ground gram or other pulse, or of corn-flour, mixed with sugar and spices, and fried in ghee or oil), [Agni-purāṇa; Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

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

Laḍḍuka (लड्डुक):—(kaḥ) 1. n. A sweetmeat.

[Sanskrit to German]

Ladduka in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Laḍḍuka (ಲಡ್ಡುಕ):—[noun] = ಲಡ್ಡು [laddu]3.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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