Padaprada, Pada-prada: 2 definitions


Padaprada 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.

In Hinduism

Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)

Source: Hindu Mathematics

Padaprada (पदप्रद) refers to “yielding a root”, according to the principles of Bījagaṇita (“algebra” or ‘science of calculation’), according to Gaṇita-śāstra, ancient Indian mathematics and astronomy.—According to Bhāskara II in the Bījagaṇita: “When the square of the unknown, etc., remain, then, multiplying the two sides (of the equation) by some suitable quantities, other suitable quantities should be added to them so that the side containing the unknown becomes capable of yielding a root (padaprada). The equation should then be formed again with the root of this side and the root of the known side. Thus the value of the unknown is obtained from that equation”.

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Ganitashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, gaṇitaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mathematics, algebra, number theory, arithmetic, etc. Closely allied with astronomy, both were commonly taught and studied in universities, even since the 1st millennium BCE. Ganita-shastra also includes ritualistic math-books such as the Shulba-sutras.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Padaprada (पदप्रद) refers to “one who bestows the region (of Brahman)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.15 (“Gaṇeśa’s battle”).—Accordingly, as Nārada said to Śiva: “O lord who are favourably disposed to your devotees, do not indulge in that sport. Please honour your own Gaṇas and the gods suitably and make them flourish. O bestower of the region of Brahman (brahma-padaprada ), please do not treat him leisurely but kill him in your play now”.

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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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