Madanika, Madanikā, Mādanikā: 6 definitions

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Madanika means something in 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)

[«previous next»] — Madanika in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Madanikā (मदनिका).—A nymph, a daughter of Menakā. A demon named Vidyudrūpa married her. But Kandhara of the family of Garuḍa killed Vidyudrūpa and took Madanikā for himself. They got a child named Tārkṣī. (Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, Chapter 2).

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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Journal of the University of Bombay Volume II: Apabhramsa metres (1)

Mādanikā (मादनिका) refers to a variety of Mātrā: the only metre consisting of five lines, as discussed in books such as the Chandonuśāsana, Kavidarpaṇa, Vṛttajātisamuccaya and Svayambhūchandas.—Mātrā seems to be a very old Apabhraṃśa metre since it was known to Virahāṅka (see Vṛttajātisamuccaya) who describes four different varieties [viz., Mādanikā].—Mātrā (and thus Mādanikā) is an Ardhasama metre and contains five pādas. The uneven pādas contain 14 mātrās and the even ones have 12 mātrās.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Madanikā (मदनिका).—[feminine] a woman’s name.

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

Madanikā (मदनिका):—[from madanaka > mad] f. Name of a woman, [Mṛcchakaṭikā]

[Sanskrit to German]

Madanika 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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