Padmanabha, aka: Padma-nabha, Padmanābha; 11 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ, “The navel which contains the universe”):—One of the twenty-four forms of Viṣṇu through which Nārāyaṇa manifests himself. He is accompanied by a counterpart emanation of Lakṣmī (an aspect of Devī) who goes by the name Śraddhā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ) refers to one of the various Vibhava manifestations according to the Īśvarasaṃhitā 24.184-186.—Accordingly, “the Supreme Lord, who is like this, remains as the inner controller of all living beings, taking a form that is partless. Bhagavān who has all His desires fulfilled stays as Padmanābha in form with His power for doing His work”. These Vibhavas (eg., Padmanābha) represent the third of the five-fold manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness the Pāñcarātrins believe in.

Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 1
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ).—One of the hundred sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. (See under Kauravas).

2) Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ).—A serpent. This serpent resides on the shores of the river Gomatī which flows through Naimiṣāraṇya. This serpent once went to Bhīṣma and talked to him about Dharma. (Chapter 355, Śānti Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ).—Also Janārdana; the God who pervades all the worlds; lustrous as the sun and with bow as weapon.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 177-80; III. 33. 17; IV. 34. 81.

1b) A Yakṣa; a son of Devajanī and Maṇivara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 130; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 161.
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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ) refers to one of the many varieties of the Śālagrāma (ammonite fossil stones).—The Padmanābha has marks of lotus and parasol. Śālagrāma stones are very ancient geological specimens, rendered rounded and smooth by water-currents in a great length of time. They (eg., Padmanābha stones) are distinguished by the ammonite (śālā, described as “vajra-kīṭa”, “adamantine worms”) which having entered into them for residence, are fossilized in course of time, leaving discus-like marks inside the stone.

Source: Pratima Kosa Encyclopedia of Indian Iconography - Vol 6
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

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Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ).—A grammarian who wrote a treatise on grammar known as the Supadma Vyākaraņa. He is believed to have been an inhabitant of Bengal who lived in the fourteenth century A. D. Some say that he was a resident of Mithilā.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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1) Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ) or Padmanābha-datta (1350-1400 C.E.) is well-known as the founder of Saupadma school of Sanskrit Grammar. He is a resident of Bhoragrāma of Mithilā (now in modern Bihar state). He is the son of Dāmodara and grandson of Śrīdatta. He was being quoted by Jayamaṅgala in his commentary on Bhaṭṭikāvya of Bhaṭṭi and also by Kavikaṇṭhahāra in his commentary on (Kalāpa) Carkarītarahasya.

2) Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ) was the great grand-father of  Rūpa Gosvāmin (C. 1470-1583 C.E.): author of Aṣṭādaśachandas and erudite scholar of Indian Diaspora who has enriched the Sanskrit literature by his various compositions with the nectar of Vaiṣṇava philosophy. Rūpagosvāmin was the son of Kumāra, grandson of Mukunda, great grandson of Padmanābha and great great grandson of Rūpeśvara, who is the son of Jagadguru Niruddha. He had two brothers namely Vallabha and Sanātana. He was also the uncle of Jīvagosvāmin, son of his younger brother Vallabha. He was a resident of Rāmakeli, a village in Bengal.

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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ) is the name of an ancient king from Viśālā, according to the twenty-first story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 95. Accordingly, “... in it [Viśālā] there lived a fortunate king, named Padmanābha, who was a source to good men, and excelled King Bali. In the reign of that king there lived in that city a great merchant, named Arthadatta, who surpassed in opulence the God of Wealth”.

The story of Padmanābha is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "The Lord Who Has A Lotus Shaped Navel"

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

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Marathi-English dictionary

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padmanābha (पद्मनाभ).—a S (Poetry.) Having a navel resembling the lotus. Ex. pa0 tiṣṭhē tyājavaḷa || saprēma kaḷavaḷa dēkhōni ||.

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

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Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ).—an epithet of Viṣṇu; शान्ताकारं भुजगशयनं पद्मनाभं सुरेशम् (śāntākāraṃ bhujagaśayanaṃ padmanābhaṃ sureśam).

Derivable forms: padmanābhaḥ (पद्मनाभः).

Padmanābha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms padma and nābha (नाभ). See also (synonyms): padmanābhi.

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Padmanābha (पद्मनाभ).—

1) Name of the eleventh month (reckoned from mārgaśīrṣa).

2) a magical formula spoken over weapons.

Derivable forms: padmanābhaḥ (पद्मनाभः).

Padmanābha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms padma and nābha (नाभ).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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