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Maṇḍaka, aka: Mandaka; 3 Definition(s)


Maṇḍaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Maṇḍaka can be transliterated into English as Mandaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


Mandaka (मन्दक).—A son of Śrīdevā and Vasudeva.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 181.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Maṇḍaka (मण्डक) is the Sanskrit name of one of Bharata’s sons, mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.26-33. After Brahmā created the Nāṭyaveda (nāṭyaśāstra), he ordered Bharata to teach the science to his (one hundred) sons. Bharata thus learned the Nāṭyaveda from Brahmā, and then made his sons study and learn its proper application. After their study, Bharata assigned his sons (eg., Maṇḍaka) various roles suitable to them.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

In Buddhism


Maṇḍaka, (fr. maṇḍa) 1. the cream of the milk, whey, in dadhi° whey S. II, 111.—2. the scum of stagnant water, i.e. anything that floats on the surface & dirties the water, water-weeds, moss etc. J. II, 304 (gloss sevāla). (Page 516)

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Mandaka, (?) according to Kern, Toev. s. v. =*mandra (of sound: deep, bass)+ka; a sort of drum J. VI, 580. (Page 523)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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