Manidhara, Maṇidhara: 6 definitions
Manidhara 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.
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Maṇidhara (मणिधर).—A Yakṣa living in the (Hemaśṛnga Matsya-purāṇa) Lohita hill; son of Rajatanābha.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 12; 36. 216; Matsya-purāṇa 121. 13.
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.
Kavya (poetry)Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Maṇidhara (मणिधर) or Maṇidara is the name of Yakṣa prince, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 49. Accordingly, “... then in that very place [Alakā] I [Guṇaśarman] learned in succession the Vedas, the sciences and the accomplishments, from a prince of the Yakṣas named Maṇidhara”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Maṇidhara, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.
Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Maṇidharā (मणिधरा).—name of a certain mudrā: Kāraṇḍavvūha 74.9 (compare Mahāmaṇidhara).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Maṇidhara (मणिधर):—[=maṇi-dhara] [from maṇi] mfn. having a string of beads for counting, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
2) [v.s. ...] m. a [particular] Samādhi, [Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]
3) Maṇidharā (मणिधरा):—[=maṇi-dharā] [from maṇi-dhara > maṇi] f. a [particular] position of the fingers, [ib.]
[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch
Maṇidhara (मणिधर):—[(ma + dhara)] adj. mit aufgereihten Kügelchen zum Zählen versehen [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 10, 35, 18.]
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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The Indian Buddhist Iconography (by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya)
The Brahmanda Purana (by G.V. Tagare)
Chapter 18 - Description of the Jambūdvīpa < [Section 2 - Anuṣaṅga-pāda]
Chapter 36 - The Lineage of Manu: Manvantaras < [Section 2 - Anuṣaṅga-pāda]
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 13 - The Deeds of the Avatāra (Incarnation) < [Section 1 - Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa (section on creation)]