Manca, Mañca, Mamca, Mamca: 20 definitions


Manca means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi, biology. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Mancha.

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Mañca (मञ्च) refers to “entablature §§ 3.23, 25; 4.2, 18; 5.19.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mañca (मञ्च) refers to the “(great) couches (of the Gods)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.38 (“Description of the dais or maṇḍapa”).—Accordingly, as Himavat prepared the wedding of Menā and Śiva: “[...] O celestial sage, of what avail is a long-drawn description? The gods were drawn by Viśvakarman as desired by Himavat. The Altar was erected by him with wonderful features, fascinating the gods and exquisite in form. On being commanded by the lord of mountains, the intelligent Viśvakarman created different abodes for the residence of the gods and others. Great couches (mahā-mañca) of wonderful brilliance very cosy and exquisite were made by Viśvakarman for their sake. [...]”.

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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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Bulletin of the French School of the Far East (volume 5)

Maṃca (मंच) [?] (in Chinese: Man-tchö) is the name of an ancient kingdom associated with Ārdrā or Ārdrānakṣatra, as mentioned in chapter 18 of the Candragarbha: the 55th section of the Mahāsaṃnipāta-sūtra, a large compilation of Sūtras (texts) in Mahāyāna Buddhism partly available in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese.—Chapter 18 deals with geographical astrology and, in conversation with Brahmarāja and others, Buddha explains how he entrusts the Nakṣatras [e.g., Ārdrā] with a group of kingdoms [e.g., Maṃca] for the sake of protection and prosperity.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Mañca (मञ्च) refers to “thrones”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “Then the Bodhisattva Apāyajaha addressed himself to the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja: ‘Son of good family, please pacify three evil existences’. [...] Then, the rain of gifts, such as [...] chariots, foot-soldiers, vehicles, houses, villages, cities, towns, provinces, kingdoms, capitals, gardens, pavilions, palaces, portals, windows, half-moon shaped decorations on building, thrones (mañca), palanquin, and chariots drawn by four cattle, sixteen cattle, and a thousand of good horses, poured down from the open space. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Mañca.—cf. sa-mañca-mahākaraṇa (IE 8-5); probably, elevated platforms for official use. Note: mañca is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Manca in India is the name of a plant defined with Achyranthes aspera in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Centrostachys indica Standl. (among others).

2) Manca is also identified with Euphorbia neriifolia It has the synonym Tithymalus edulis (Lour.) H. Karst. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Research Bulletin (1970)
· The India Journal of Experimental Biology (IJEB) (1977)
· Taxon (1981)
· Veterinary and Human Toxicology (2003)
· Tropical Plant Science Research. New Delhi (1983)
· Numer. List (6924)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mañca : (m.) a bed.

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

Mañca, (cp. Epic Sk. mañca stand, scaffolding, platform) a couch, bed Vin. IV, 39, 40 (where 4 kinds are mentioned, which also apply to the definition of pīṭha, viz. masāraka, bundikābaddha, kuḷīra-pādaka, āhacca-pādaka; same definition at VbhA. 365); Sn. 401; J. III, 423; DhA. I, 89 (°ṃ bandhati to tie a bed or two together), 130; IV, 16; VbhA. 20; VvA. 291; PvA. 93.—heṭṭhā mañce underneath the bed J. I, 197 (as place where domestic pigs lie); II, 419 (id.); II, 275 (where a love-sick youth lies down in the park).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mañca (मञ्च).—[mañc-ghañ]

1) A couch, bedstead, sofa, bed.

2) A raised seat, dais, a platform resting on columns, a seat of honour or state, throne; मञ्चाः क्रियन्तां विविधा मल्लरङ्गपरिश्रिताः (mañcāḥ kriyantāṃ vividhā mallaraṅgapariśritāḥ) Bhāgavata 1.36.25; स तत्र मञ्चेषु मनोज्ञवेषान् (sa tatra mañceṣu manojñaveṣān) R.6.1;3.1.

3) An elevated shed in a field (for a watchman).

4) A pulpit.

5) A stage, platform.

Derivable forms: mañcaḥ (मञ्चः).

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

Mañca (मञ्च).—m.

(-ñcaḥ) 1. A bed, a bedstead 2. A platform, a scaffold. 3. An elevated shed raised on bamboos in a cornfield, &c., where a watchman is stationed to protect the corn from cattle, birds, wild beasts, &c. 4. A sort of throne or chair of state, or the platform on which it is raised, the dais. E. maci to be high or tall, aff. dhañ .

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

Mañca (मञ्च).—m. 1. A bedstead. 2. A scaffold, [Johnson's Selections from the Mahābhārata.] 9, 12. 3. A chair, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 6, 1.

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

Mañca (मञ्च).—[masculine] stage, platform.

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

1) Mañca (मञ्च):—[from mañc] m. a stage or platform on a palace or on columns, raised seat, dais, throne, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] a bedstead, couch, [Raghuvaṃśa [Scholiast or Commentator]; Divyāvadāna]

3) [v.s. ...] a pedestal, [Baudhāyana-dharma-śāstra]

4) [v.s. ...] an elevated platform or shed raised on bamboos in a field (where a watchman is stationed to protect the crop from cattle, birds etc.), [Horace H. Wilson]

5) [v.s. ...] (in music) a kind of measure, [Saṃgīta-sārasaṃgraha]

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

Mañca (मञ्च):—(ñcaḥ) 1. m. A bed, a bedstead; a platform; elevated shed for a watchman; a sort of throne.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Mañca (मञ्च) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Maṃca, Maṃcī.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Maṃca (मंच) [Also spelled manch]:—(nm) a dais, stage; platform; forum; -[upasthāpana] presentation on the stage; ~[na] staging; presentation on the stage; -[prastuti] stage presentation; -[bhīti] stage consciouness/nervousness.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Maṃca (मंच) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Mañca.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Maṃca (ಮಂಚ):—

1) [noun] a rectangular piece of furniture having a flat , rigid surface to spread bed, mat, etc. on, resting on four legs of usu. about two feet heigh.

2) [noun] an excellent seat.

3) [noun] a raised platform or floor, as for speakers, performers, etc.; a stage.

4) [noun] a small platform raised temporarily in the fields for standing on and watching the crop.

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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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