Pandava, aka: Pāṇḍava; 11 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


[Pandava in Purana glossaries]

Pāṇḍava (पाण्डव) is the name of a mountain situated at lake Asitoda and mount Vipula, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. The Vipula mountain lies on the western side of mount Meru, which is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Pāṇḍava (पाण्डव).—(Pāṇḍus)—The five sons of Pāṇḍu (s.v.); rumour that they were burnt in the house of lac built by Duryodhana; their escape in the disguise of Brahmanas; met by Kṛṣṇa in a Potter's hall in Pāñcāla city;1 married Draupadi;2 Kṛṣṇa sent Akrūra to Hastināpura to find out their position; seen by Akrūra; Akrūra pleaded their cause with Dhṛtarāṣṭra and reported his designs to Kṛṣṇa and Rāma;3 praised the heroic exploits of Kṛṣṇa;4 Kṛṣṇa who heard them burnt down, performed obsequies to.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 57. 1, 10[2-4]; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 65.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 240, 246.
  • 3) Ib. X. 48. 32-25; 49. 2, 19 and 31.
  • 4) Ib. IX. 24. 63; Vāyu-purāṇa 77. 48.
  • 5) Ib. 96. 63.
(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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Pandava in Hinduism glossaries]

In the Hindu epic Mahābhārata, the Pandava are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu, by his two wives Kunti and Madri. Their names are Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. All five brothers were married to the same woman, Draupadi. Together, the brothers fought and prevailed in a great war against their cousins the Kauravas, which came to be known as the Battle of Kurukshetra. Their alienated half-brother Karna fought against them and was eventually slain by Arjuna.

Pandava; Sanskrit: पाण्‍डव pāṇḍavaḥ; also, Pandawa.
Pandu; (Sanskrit: पांडु).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

The Pandavas are the five sons of Pandu, a king of the Kuru dynasty. Yudhishtra, Bheema and Arjuna were born to Kunti, his first wife. The twins Nakula and Sahadeva were born to his second wife Madri.

Each of the Pandavas has a divine father, as Pandu was incapable of fathering a child as a result of a curse. The father of Yudhishtra is Yama, the father of Bheema is Vayu, the father of Arjuna is Indra and the fathers of the twins Nakula and Sahadeva are the divine Ashwini twins.

The Pandavas were all married to the Panchala princess Draupadi. Arjuna and Bheema married other women also. Through Draupadi each Pandava fathered a son, and all of them were collectively known as the upa-Pandavas. All the upa-Pandavas were murdered by Ashwatthama at the end of the battle at Kurukshetra.

(Source): Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Pāṇḍavaḥ (पाण्‍डव): Pandavas in Sanskrit pāṇḍavaḥ are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu, by his two wives Kunti and Madri. They are Yudhishtira, Bhima, Arjuna and Nakula, Sahadeva

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

Pāṇḍava (पाण्डव).—The five pious ksatriya brothers Yudhiṣṭhira, Bhīma, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadeva. They were intimate friends of Lord Kṛṣṇa's and inherited the leadership of the world upon their victory over the Kurus in the Battle of Kurukṣetra.

(Source): ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Pandava in Theravada glossaries]

1. Pandava

The horse of Sama, king of Benares; his trainer was Giridanta (J.ii.98). See Giridanta Jataka.

2. Pandava

A hill near Rajagaha, tinder the shadow of which the Buddha ate his meal when he begged alms in Rajagaha, soon after leaving home. J.i.66; SN.vs.414; DhA.i.85; Thag.vs.41, 1167; Mtu.ii.198, etc.

It is said (SNA.ii.383f) that ascetics lived on its eastern slope. It seems formerly to have borne another name (M.iii.68). Pandava was one of the halting places of Sivali Thera when on his way to the Himalaya. AA.i.139.


Adjective from Pandu. E.g., Cv.lxxxvii.29.

(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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Pandava in Jainism glossaries]

Pāṇḍava (पाण्डव) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Pāṇḍava] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

(Source): Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Pandava in Marathi glossaries]

pāṇḍava (पांडव).—m (S) A descendant of paṇḍu. Applied esp. to yudhiṣṭhira and his four brothers. Hence 2 An aggregate of five (rupees &c.) 3 A kind of water-fowl.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pāṇḍava (पांडव).—m A descendant of paṇḍḍa. Applied esp. to yudhiṣṭhira and his four brothers.

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

[Pandava in Sanskrit glossaries]

Pāṇḍava (पाण्डव).—[pāṇḍorapatyaṃ pumān orañ] 'A son or descendant of Pāṇḍu', Name of any one of the five sons of Pāṇḍu; i. e. युधिष्ठिर, भीम, अर्जुन, नकुल (yudhiṣṭhira, bhīma, arjuna, nakula) and सहदेव (sahadeva); मामकाः पाण्डवाश्चैव किमकुर्वत सञ्जय (māmakāḥ pāṇḍavāścaiva kimakurvata sañjaya) Bg.1.1; हंसाः संप्रति पाण्डवा इव वनादज्ञातचर्यां गताः (haṃsāḥ saṃprati pāṇḍavā iva vanādajñātacaryāṃ gatāḥ) Mk.5.6.

Derivable forms: pāṇḍavaḥ (पाण्डवः).

(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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