Pandu, aka: Pāṇḍu, Paṇḍu, Pandū; 20 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु, “anemia”) is a Sanskrit term used in Ayurveda.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु) refers to “anaemia” (a decrease in the total amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood, or a lowered ability of the blood to carry oxygen). Medicinal formulations in the management of this condition include 22 references of Vatsanābha usages. Guṭikā is maximum (17) dosage form in the management of Pāṇḍu. Vatsanābha (Aconitum ferox), although categorized as sthāvara-viṣa (vegetable poisons), has been extensively used in ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.

Source: Research Gate: Internal applications of Vatsanabha (Aconitum ferox wall)

Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु) is another name for Paṭola, a medicinal plant identified with Trichosanthes dioica (pointed gourd) from the Cucurbitaceae or “gourd family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.22-24 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Pāṇḍu and Paṭola, there are a total of sixteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु):—One of the sons of Vyāsa (the popular name for Bādarāyaṇa, who was begotten by Parāśara Muni through the womb of Satyavatī). Being cursed by a sage, he was restrained from sexual life. His three sons (by kunti), named Yudhiṣṭhira, Bhīma and Arjuna, were begotten through the womb of his wife, Kuntī, by Dharmarāja (god of wind). His second wife, named Mādrī, gave birth to Nakula and Sahadeva, who were begotten by the two Aśvinī-kumāra brothers named Nāsatya and Dasra. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.25)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु).—Father of the Pāṇḍavas. Genealogy. Refer to the genealogy of Arjuna. (See full article at Story of Pāṇḍu from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु).—The second son of. Janamejaya. (Chapter 94, Ādi Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु).—A Rājaṛṣi: one of the three sons of Vicitravīrya; (Kṛṣṇadvaipāyana, Vāyu-purāṇa) born to Vyāsa; married two wives, Kunti alias Prthā, sister of Vasudeva and Mādri; father of the five Pāṇḍavas, who were born to Kunti by favour of Gods, himself being prevented by a curse from having sexual intercourse; on his death Pṛthā with the young children underwent a lot of difficulties.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 4. 7; IX. 22. 25, 27; 24. 36; I. 9. 13. Matsya-purāṇa 46. 8; 50. 47-9; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 150; 99. 242-3; 112. 45; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 14. 34; 20. 38-42.

1b) An Ārṣeya Pravara (Āngīras).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 9.

1c) A son of Vidhāta and Āyatī; married Puṇḍarīkā and had a son Dyutimān.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 28. 5, 35.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.63.95, I.63, I.89.49) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Pāṇḍu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु, “yellowish white”) refers to a derivative color, composed of the white (sita) and the yellow (pīta) colors, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. According to the science of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation), there are four main colors (varṇa) from which various derivative and minor colors (upavarṇa) are derived. Colors are used in aṅgaracanā (painting the limbs), which forms a section of nepathya (costumes and make-up).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु) is the name of a king of olden times, and ancestor of Udayana (king of Vatsa), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 21. Accordingly, when sage Nārada cam to visit Udayana, he related: “Listen, O King; I will tell you a story in a few words. You had an ancestor once, a king of the name of Pāṇḍu; he like you had two noble wives; one wife of the mighty prince was named Kuntī and the other Mādrī. That Pāṇḍu conquered this sea-engirdled earth, and was very prosperous.”

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Pāṇḍu, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a 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)

Pandu was the son of the Kashi princess Ambalika, by Vyasa. He was deemed to be a descendent of his mother's husband Vichitraveerya, who had died issueless. He was born pale, as his mother had turned pale with fright while conceiving him. Since his elder brother Dhritharashtra was born blind, Pandu was crowned as the king and ruled over the kingdom well. He married Kunti (also known as Prita), the adopted daughter of KuntiBhoja. He also took a second wife Madri, the sister of Salya.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Pāṇḍu (पाण्‍डु): Second son of Vichitravirya and Ambalika who succeeded to the throne of Hastinapura on his father's death, as his elder brother Dhritarashtra was born blind, father of the Pandavas.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Yudhisthira’s father Pandu, the king of Hastinapura, soon after his marriage accidentally shot a Brahmin and his wife, mistaking them for deer, while the couple were making love. Before he died, the Brahmin cursed the king himself to die at once, the minute he engaged in intercourse with one of his two wives. Due to this curse, Pandu was unable to father children. In additional penance for the murder, Pandu also abdicated the crown to his blind brother Dhritarashtra.

Source: JatLand: South Asia

Pāṇḍu (पन्दु).—A great king of the Kuru dynasty, and the father of the Pāṇḍavas, Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva; the heroes of the Mahābhārata. He had two wives, Kuntī and Mādrī. He was a younger brother of Dhṛtarāṣṭra's who died early, leaving his five young sons under the care of Dhṛtarāṣṭra.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Pandu

Ancestor of the Pandavas (Cv.lxiv.43). The name is also for those who claimed to belong to that dynasty- e.g., in the case of the kings of Madhura. E.g., Mhv.vii.50. See also Pandu.

See also Panduraja.

2. Pandu

A Sakiyan, son of Amitodana; he was the father of Bhaddakaccana and her six brothers. On learning from soothsayers of the impending destruction of the Sakiyans by Vidudabha, Pandu left the Sakiyan country and settled beyond the Ganges. Mhv.viii.18 f.; Dpv.x.i.

His wife was Susima. MT. 275.

3. Pandu

See Panduputta.

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A nation in South India, the Pandiyas. Their country comprised the greater part of the Madura and Tinnevelly, with its capital first at Kolkai and later at Madhura.

Ceylon was inconstant communication with this country, both peaceful and otherwise. Marauding bands of Pandus often came to Ceylon and, having deposed the rightful sovereign, ruled over the country. Chief among these invasions were the following: (a) for fourteen years, when Vattagamani lay in hiding; (b) for twenty seven years, after the death of Mahanama and until Dhatusena established his authority; (c) in the time of Sena I.; (d) after the death of Mahinda V. They also came with Magha and Candabhanu, and, later, with Aryacakkavattin, who succeeded in carrying the Tooth Relic away to the Pandyan court; this was later rescued by Parakkamabahu III. Sometimes the Singhalese kings would make reprisals by invading the Pandyan territory e.g., in the reign of Sena II., and, perhaps also, under Nissanka Malla. Parakkamabahu I. sent an army under his general Lankapura to help the Pandyan king Parakrama Pandya against the Cola king, Kulasekhara. This, according to the Mahavamsa account, brought great joy to the Singhalese.

Mention is made in the chronicles of several marriages between members of the Pandyan and the Singhalese royal families. Vijaya himself took his consort from the Pandyan king at Madhura, and later, Mitta, sister of Vijayabahu I., married a Pandyan prince who became the grandfather of Parakkamabahu 1. This led to the establishment of a Pandyan party in Ceylon which was not always loyal to the reigning monarch e.g., in the case of Vikkamabahu III. Parakkama Pandu, who deposed Lilavati, evidently belonged to this party and probably also Vijaya III. The Pandyan kings claimed descent from the Lunar race.

Codrington, op. cit., 15. For other references, see under the names mentioned. Reference should also be made to the Index at the end of the Culavamsa, s.v. Pandu.

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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paṇḍu : (adj.) pale-yellow; yellowish.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Paṇḍu, (adj.) (cp. Ved. pāṇḍu, palita, pāṭala (pale-red); Gr. pelitnόs, pellόs, poλios (grey); Lat. palleo (to be pale), pullus (grey); Lith. patvas (pale-yellow), pilkas (grey); Ohg. falo (pale, yellowish, withered); E. pale) pale-red or yellow, reddish, light yellow, grey; only at Th. 2, 79 (kisā paṇḍu vivaṇṇā), where paṇḍu represents the usual up-paṇḍ’—uppaṇḍuka-jātā: “thin, pale and colourless” see ThA. 80). Otherwise only in cpds. , e.g.

—kambala a light red blanket, orange-coloured cloth S. I, 64 (=ratta-kambala C.); A. I, 181; Sn. 689 (=ratta SnA 487); also a kind of ornamental stone, Sakka’s throne (p. -k. -silā) is made of it J. I, 330; II, 93; II, 53, (°silāsana); V, 92 (id.); Pv. II, 960 (°silā=p. -k-nāmaka sīlāsana PvA. 138); VvA. 110 (id.); KhA 122 (°varāsana); DhA. I, 17 (°silāsana). —palāsa a withered leaf Vin. I, 96=III, 47; IV, 217; Dh. 233, VbhA. 244; KhA 62; on °palāsika (DA. I, 270) see J. P. T. S. 1893, 37. —mattikā yellow loam, clay soil KhA. 59. —roga jaundice Vin. I, 206 (°ābādha) 276 (id.); J. I, 431; II, 102; DhA. I, 25. —rogin suffering from jaundice J. II, 285; III, 401. —vīṇā yellow flute (of Pañcasikha): see beluva. —sīha yellow lion, one of the 4 kinds SnA 125 (cp. Manor. -pūr. on A. II, 33). —sutta orange-coloured string D. I, 76. (Page 404)

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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Marathi-English dictionary

paṇḍū (पंडू).—m (pāṇḍu S) The jaundice. 2 The name of the father of the pāṇḍava.

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pāṇḍu (पांडु).—a S pāṇḍura a S Of a yellowish white.

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pāṇḍu (पांडु) [or पांडुरोग, pāṇḍurōga].—m (S) pāṇḍukāmalā f The jaundice.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

paṇḍū (पंडू).—m The jaundice. The name of the pāṇḍava.

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pāṇḍu (पांडु).—a Of a yellowish white.

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pāṇḍu (पांडु) [or pāṇḍurōga, or पांडुरोग].—m pāṇḍukamalā f The jaundice.

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

Pāṇḍu (पाण्डु).—a. Pale-white, whitish, pale, yellowish; यथा पाण्ड्वाविकम् (yathā pāṇḍvāvikam) Bṛ. Up.2.3.6; विकलकरणः पाण्डुच्छायः शुचा परिदुर्बलः (vikalakaraṇaḥ pāṇḍucchāyaḥ śucā paridurbalaḥ) U.3.22.

-ṇḍuḥ 1 The pale-white or yellowish-white colour.

2) Jaundice.

3) A white elephant.

4) Name of the father of the Pāṇḍavas. [He was begotten by Vyāsa on Ambālikā, one of the widows of Vichitravīrya. He was called Pāṇḍu, because he was born pale (pāṇḍu) by reason of his mother having become quite pale with fear when in private with the sage Vyāsa; (yasmāt pāṇḍutvamāpannā virūpaṃ prekṣya māmiha | tasmādeva sutaste vai pāṇḍureva bhaviṣyati Mb.) He was prevented by a curse from having progeny himself; so he allowed his first wife Kuntī to make use of a charm she had acquired from Durvāsas for the birth of sons. She gave birth to Yudhiṣṭhira, Bhīma and Arjuna; and Mādrī, his other wife, by the use of the same charm, gave birth to Nakula and Sahadeva. One day Pāṇdu forgot the curse under which he was labouring, and made bold to embrace Mādrī, but he fell immediately dead in her arms.]

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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