Mandavya, aka: Māṇḍavya; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Māṇḍavya (माण्डव्य) is the name of a pre-Piṅgalan author on the science of Sanskrit metrics (chandaśāstra): Rāta and Māṇḍavya are two ancient authorities of Sanskrit metrics are also mentioned by Piṅgala in Chandaśśāstra

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Māṇḍavya (माण्डव्य).—A sage. He is known as Aṇīmāṇḍavya also. Once Rāvaṇa beat Māṇdavya because of his not respecting Rāvaṇa. That day Māṇḍavya cursed him saying "You will also be beaten like this by a brave monkey". (Yuddha Kāṇḍa, Kamba Rāmāyaṇa). (More details can be had from the entry Aṇīmāṇḍavya). The āśrama of Māṇḍavya is considered a holy place. Once the King of Kāśī went to this āśrama and performed severe penance there. (Chapter 186, Udyoga Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Māṇḍavya (माण्डव्य).—The Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa, the Śāṅkhāyana-āraṇyaka, the Āśvalāyana-gṛhyasūtra, the Śāṅkhāyana-gṛhyasūtra and the Bṛhadāraṇyaka know of a teacher Māṇḍavya “descendant of Maṇḍu”. The Mahābhārata also mentions him. The Māṇḍavas of the Nīlamata also seem to be descendants of Maṇḍu and may be identified with the Māṇḍavyas mentioned as a north-western people in the Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa, the Agni-purāṇa, the Viṣṇudharmottara-purāṇa and the Bṛhat-saṃhitā.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

1a) Māṇḍavya (माण्डव्य).—A tīrtha sacred to Māṇḍavī.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 42.

1b) A Bhārgava gotrakāra.1 The sage who cursed Yama to be born as Vidura.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 195. 21.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 5. 20; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 27. 25.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Māṇḍavya (माण्डव्य) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.63.77, I.63) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Māṇḍavya) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Mandavya (मंदव्‍य): A sage wrongly punished by the king by being impaled as the chief of robbers who had clandestinely hidden their stolen goods in a corner of his hermitage when he was in deep contemplation. Lord Dharma gave him this punishment for having tortured birds and bees in his childhood. At this Mandavya cursed Dharma who was born as Vidura, the wise, to the servant maid of Ambalika, wife of King Vichitravirya, who offered her to Sage Vyasa in place of Ambalika.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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1. Mandavya. An ascetic. For his story see the Kanhadipayana Jataka.

2. Mandavya. Son of Matanga and Ditthamangalika. For his story see the Matanga Jataka. Mandavya is given as an example of conception by umbilical attrition. Mil.123f.; Sp.i.214.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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