Mundaka, aka: Muṇḍaka, Mundakā; 8 Definition(s)


Mundaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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)

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Muṇḍaka (मुण्डक).—A forest. During his exile Śrī Rāma entered this great forest of Muṇḍaka and paid homage to the sage Agastya. (Araṇya Kāṇḍa, Kamba Rāmāyaṇa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Muṇḍaka (मुण्डक).—One of Danu's sons.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 8.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Name of a tribe, mentioned in a nominal list. Ap.ii.359.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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muṇḍaka : (m.) a shaveling; shaven-headed.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Muṇḍaka, =muṇḍa; cp. BSk. muṇḍaka Divy 13.—Sn. p. 80; Dh. 264 (=sīsa-muṇḍana-matta DhA. III, 391, qualification of a shaveling); VvA. 67 (°samaṇā, Dvandva).—aḍḍha° shaven over one half the head (sign of loss of freedom) Mhvs 6, 42.—kaṇṇa° “with blunt corners, ” N. of one of the 7 great lakes: see under kaṇṇa. —paṭisīsaka the chignon of a shaveling, in phrase: kāsāyaṃ nivāsetvā muṇḍaka-paṭisīsakaṃ sīse paṭimuñcitvā fastening the (imitation) top-knot of a shaveling to his head Miln. 90; cp. J. II, 197 (paccekabuddha-vesaṃ gaṇhitvā paṭisīsakaṃ paṭimuñcitvā), similarly J. V, 49. (Page 536)

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

Muṇḍaka (मुण्डक).—[muṇḍ-ṇvul]

1) A barber.

2) The trunk of a tree stripped of its top-branches, a pollard.

-kam The head.

Derivable forms: muṇḍakaḥ (मुण्डकः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Muṇḍaka (मुण्डक).—adj., (1) (= Pali id.; compare muṇḍā, muṇ- ḍika) shaveling, pejorative ep. of Buddhist monks (with śramaṇaka, q.v. for citations; -ka contemptuous or imprecatory): Divy 13.15; 39.26; 574.2; (2) f. °ikā, ep. of gaṇḍī, gong: Av i.272.1; Feer funereal, for the dead (suggested by context; Feer cites Tibetan as mjug med pa = tail-less; could this mean without a cord?).

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

Muṇḍaka (मुण्डक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A barber. 2. The trunk of a tree stripped of its branches. n.

(-kaṃ) The head. E. muḍi to shave, aff. vun; or muṇḍa the head, kan pleonasm; or muḍi-ṇic ṇvul .

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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