Padmini, Padminī: 9 definitions


Padmini 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

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Padminī (पद्मिनी) refers to a type of syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. In this metre, the second, the fifth, the eighth and the eleventh syllables of a foot (pāda) are light (laghu), while the rest of the syllables are heavy (guru). It is also known by the name Sragviṇī.


Padminī falls in the Jagatī class of chandas (rhythm-type), which implies that verses constructed with this metre have four pādas (‘foot’ or ‘quarter-verse’) containing twelve syllables each.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Padminī (पद्मिनी) is the name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) defined by Bharata, to which Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) assigned the alternative name of Sragviṇī in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Yakṣiṇī-sādhana in the Kakṣapuṭa tantra

Padmiṇī (पद्मिणी) is the name of one of the thirty-six Yakṣiṇīs mentioned in the Uḍḍāmareśvaratantra. In the yakṣiṇī-sādhana, the Yakṣiṇī is regarded as the guardian spirit who provides worldly benefits to the practitioner. The Yakṣiṇī (eg., Padmiṇī) provides, inter alia, daily food, clothing and money, tells the future, and bestows a long life, but she seldom becomes a partner in sexual practices.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Padminī (पद्मिनी) refers to “water-lily”, mentioned in verse 3.41 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “from him whose mind is at ease, (who is) moist with sandal [...]—(and) [...] beautiful women (who), possessed of lotus-fibre bracelets (and) radiant with full-blown lotuses, (are) like moving water-lilies [viz., padminī]: (these) take away the weariness”.

Note: Padminī (“water-lily”) has been metaphrased by padma-can, the affix can, corresponding to ०inī.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Padminī (पद्मिनी) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Padmaka forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Jñānacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the jñānacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the saṃbhoga-puṭa (‘enjoyment layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Padminī] and Vīras are white in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

padminī (पद्मिनी).—f (S) pop. padmīṇa f A woman of one of the four classes into which the sex is distinguished, viz. of the first and most excellent. Pr. napuṃsakā- cyā hātīṃ padmīṇa. 2 A lotus, Nelumbium speciosum.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

padminī (पद्मिनी).—f pop. padmīṇa f A woman of the first and most excellent of four. The classes into which the sex is distin- guished. Pr. A lotus, Nelumbium speciosum.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Padminī (पद्मिनी).—

1) The lotus plant; पद्मिनी नक्तमुन्निद्रा (padminī naktamunnidrā) Kāv.4.45; सुरगज इव बिभ्रत् पद्मिनीं दन्तलग्नाम् (suragaja iva bibhrat padminīṃ dantalagnām) Ku.3.76; R.16.68; Me.83; M.2.13; निरास भृङ्गं कुपितेव पद्मिनी (nirāsa bhṛṅgaṃ kupiteva padminī) Bk.2.6.

2) An assemblage of lotus flowers.

3) A pond or lake abounding in lotuses; पुष्पैश्चान्यैः परिक्षिप्तं पद्मिन्या च सपद्मया (puṣpaiścānyaiḥ parikṣiptaṃ padminyā ca sapadmayā) Rām.3.1.6; क्षीणतोयानिलार्काभ्यां हतत्विडिव पद्मिनी । बभूव पाण्डवी सेना तव पुत्रस्य तेजसा (kṣīṇatoyānilārkābhyāṃ hatatviḍiva padminī | babhūva pāṇḍavī senā tava putrasya tejasā) || Mb.7.153.2.

4) The fibrous stalk of a lotus.

5) A female elephant.

6) A woman of the first of the four classes into which writers on erotical science divide women; the रतिमञ्जरी (ratimañjarī) thus defines her:-भवति कमलनेत्रा नासिकाक्षुद्ररन्ध्रा अविरलकुच- युग्मा चारुकेशी कृशाङ्गी । मृदुवचनसुशीला गीतवाद्यानुरक्ता सकलतनु- सुवेशा पद्मिनी पद्मगन्धा (bhavati kamalanetrā nāsikākṣudrarandhrā aviralakuca- yugmā cārukeśī kṛśāṅgī | mṛduvacanasuśīlā gītavādyānuraktā sakalatanu- suveśā padminī padmagandhā) ||

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Padminī (पद्मिनी):—[from padmin > padma] a f. See next.

2) [v.s. ...] b f. (of [preceding]) Nelumbium Speciosum, a lotus (the whole plant ifc. (nīka) mfn.; cf. abjinī, nalinī etc.)

3) [v.s. ...] a multitude of lotuses or a lotus-pond, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. (cf. [gana] puṣkarādi)

4) [v.s. ...] a l°-stalk, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] a female elephant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] a [particular] magical art, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

7) [v.s. ...] an excellent woman, a woman belonging to the first of the 4 classes into which the sex is divided, [Religious Thought and Life in India 389]

8) [v.s. ...] Name of sub voce women, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

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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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