Mudgara; 11 Definition(s)


Mudgara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Mudgara refers to a hammer (or a mallet, an iron club) and represents a kind of weapon employed in warfare by the soldiers, according to Śrīnātha’s 15th century Palanāṭivīra-caritra. The Vardhmānapuram inscription states that the king should be proficient in dealing several varieties of weapons.

Source: Shodhganga: Kakati Ganapatideva and his times (weapons)
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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Mudgara (मुद्गर) refers to a type of fish (matsya) according to the Dhanvantari-nighaṇṭu 165.383-85. In the science of Āyurveda (ancient Indian healthcare), the meat of a fish is used and prepared in balanced diets. The Dhanvantarinighaṇṭu is a 10th-century medicinal thesaurus (nighaṇṭu) containing characteristics and synonyms of various herbal plants and minerals.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Mudgara (मुद्गर) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—According to Rājaśekhara this region locates in the eastern India, which is identified with Monghyr in Bihar.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Mudgara (मुद्गर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.52.9, I.57) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Mudgara) 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

Mudgara (मुद्गर) refers to a “hammer-like weapon” and represents one of the various weapons equipped by the Daityas in their war against Lalitā, according to the Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa 4.22. Accordingly, “[...] thereupon, crores of Daityas producing reverberating chattering noise furiously prepared themselves (to fight) against Parameśvarī (Lalitā). [...] Crores of Daityas were fully equipped with coats of mail and had the following weapons and missiles in their hands [viz.: Mudgaras (a hammer-like weapon)], and thousands of similar weapons and missiles very dreadful and capable of destroying living beings”.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: The Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa
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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)

Mudgara (मुद्गर) is a Sanskrit word for a weapon translating to “club”. Sculptures or other depictions of Hindu dieties are often seen holden this weapon in their hand.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Mudgara (मुद्गर) refers to a “hammer” and represents one of the items held in the right hand of Heruka: one of the main deities of the Herukamaṇḍala described in the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Heruka is positioned in the Lotus (padma) at the center; He is the origin of all heroes; He has 17 faces (with three eyes on each) and 76 arms [holding, for example, mudgara]; He is half black and half green in color; He is dancing on a flaming sun placed on Bhairava and Kālarātrī.

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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mudgara (मुद्गर).—m S See the derivative mudagala.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mudgara (मुद्गर).—[mudaṃ girati gṝ-ac]

1) A hammer, mallet, as in मोहमुद्गरः (mohamudgaraḥ) (a small poem by Śaṅkarāchārya); समधूच्छिष्ट- मुद्गराः (samadhūcchiṣṭa- mudgarāḥ) Mb.5.155.; शिलानिष्पिष्टमुद्गरः (śilāniṣpiṣṭamudgaraḥ) R.12.73.

2) A club, mace.

3) A staff for breaking clods of earth.

4) A kind of dumb-bell.

5) A bud.

6) A kind of jasmine (said to be n. also in this sense).

7) A particular posture in sitting.

Derivable forms: mudgaraḥ (मुद्गरः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mudgara (मुद्गर).—nt. (in Sanskrit m.), hammer: in SP 271.9 (verse) read with Kashgar recension daṇḍāni mudgarāṇī ca (supported [Page435-a+ 71] confusedly by 2 Nepalese mss. and the fragment publ. by LaVallée-Poussin JRAS 1911.1076).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mudgara (मुद्गर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A mallet, a mace, a weapon formed like a carpenter’s hammer. 2. A staff, armed with iron, and larger at the lower extremity, used for breaking clods of earth, &c. 3. A carpenter’s hammer. 4. A sort of flower, said to be a kind of jasmine, perhaps jasminum zambac, (the wild variety.) E. mud pleasure, ga to swal- low or destroy, aff. ac; also with ra changed to la, mudgala “karmāra vṛkṣe ca; kāmrāṅgā iti bhāṣā .”

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