Paundraka, Pauṇḍraka: 11 definitions
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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary
Pauṇḍraka (पौण्ड्रक).—An enemy of Lord Kṛṣṇa who attempted to imitate Him.
Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
1) Pauṇḍraka (पौण्ड्रक).—A son of Nikumbha. When during the Rāma-Rāvaṇa battle Nikumbha died, his son Pauṇḍraka took up the fight against Rāma and was killed. (Ānanda Rāmāyaṇa).
2) Pauṇḍraka (पौण्ड्रक).—(Pauṇḍrakavāsudeva). A king of ancient Kārūṣa. Once he sent a messenger to Dvārakā and told Kṛṣṇa thus: "Oh Kṛṣṇa, I am the real Vāsudeva. Therefore put down all your royal emblems and robes and come and worship at my feet." As soon as Kṛṣṇa heard it he got angry and moved to Kārūṣa with a large army and killed Pauṇḍrakavāsudeva. 10th Skandha, Bhāgavata).
3) Pauṇḍraka (पौण्ड्रक).—The name of the buffalo which is the vehicle of Yama (Chapter 9, Vāmana Purāna).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1a) Pauṇḍraka (पौण्ड्रक).—(also Pauṇḍra): King of Kāśi; son of Vasudeva, and Sutanu, daughter of Kāśirāja. When he became king, he asserted that he was the real Vāsudeva, and married Devakī the youngest sister of Kaṃsa. Besieged Dvārakā during Kṛṣṇa's absence at night, and being put to defeat by Balarāma and Sātyaki, went back to his capital. Sent a messenger to Kṛṣṇa saying that he was the real Vāsudeva and that Kṛṣṇa was either to give up the title or offer battle. Kṛṣṇa invaded Kāśi and killed him and his allies;1 was stationed by Jarāsandha during the siege of Mathurā on its southern gate, and also during the siege of Gomanta on the southern gate. Arrived at Kuṇḍina.2 Father of Sudakṣiṇā.3 Attained mokṣa by hatred of Hari.4
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 66. [1-12], 1-23. 27. Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 26. 7; 34, 4-28.
- 2) Ib. X. 50. 11  and ; 53. 17.
- 3) Ib. X. 78. 5.
- 4) Ib. II. 7. 34; X. 37. 19; XI. 5. 48; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 29. 122.
1b) A son of third Sāvarna Manu.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 81. Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 84.
Pauṇḍraka (पौण्ड्रक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.177.11) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Pauṇḍraka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) A kind of sugar-cane.
2) A mixed caste (of sugar-boilers); cf. Ms.1.44.
Derivable forms: pauṇḍrakaḥ (पौण्ड्रकः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-kaḥ) 1. The pale straw-coloured species of sugar-cane. 2. A man of a mixed caste, from the Vaisya and female of the distiller caste, whose business it is to boil sugar. E. kan added to pauṇḍra .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Pauṇḍraka (पौण्ड्रक).—[pauṇḍra + ka], m. pl. 1. The name of a people, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 10, 44. 2. Their king. 3. A sort of sugar-cane, [Suśruta] 1, 186, 14 (cf. puṇḍra).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Pauṇḍraka (पौण्ड्रक).—[masculine] [plural] a cert. mixed caste or = [preceding] [plural]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Pauṇḍraka (पौण्ड्रक):—[from pauṇḍra] m. the pale straw-coloured species of sugar-cane, [Bhāvaprakāśa]
2) [v.s. ...] a prince or ([plural]) the people of the Pauṇḍras, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Purāṇa]
3) [v.s. ...] Name of a [particular] mixed caste of hereditary sugar-boilers (the son of a Vaiśya by a woman of the distiller class, regarded as one of the degraded races of Kṣatriyas), [Manu-smṛti x, 44]
4) [v.s. ...] n. (as mfn. ifc.) a sectarian mark, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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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The Vishnu Purana (by Horace Hayman Wilson)
Chapter XXVI - Krishna married Rukmini < [Book V]
Contents < [Preface]
The Bhagavata Purana (by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
Chapter 66 - Paundraka, the False Vasudeva < [Canto X - The Summum Bonum]
Chapter 37 - The Killing of the Demons Kesi and Vyoma < [Canto X - The Summum Bonum]
Chapter 78 - The Killing of Dantavakra, Viduratha and Romaharsana < [Canto X - The Summum Bonum]
The Brahma Purana (by G. P. Bhatt)
Kautilya Arthashastra (by R. Shamasastry)
Chapter 11 - Examination of Gems that are to be entered into the Treasury < [Book 2 - The duties of Government Superintendents]
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 251 - Destruction of Pauṇḍraka’s Son < [Section 6 - Uttara-Khaṇḍa (Concluding Section)]
Chapter 34 - The gift of Brahmāṇḍa < [Section 1 - Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa (section on creation)]
The Mahabharata (English) (by Kisari Mohan Ganguli)