Pindaka, Piṇḍaka, Piṇḍakā: 14 definitions



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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Piṇḍaka (पिण्डक) is another name for Piṇḍālu, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Dioscorea alata (purple yam). It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 7.69), which is a 13th century medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Piṇḍaka (पिण्डक) refers to a type of dish featuring milk (kṣīra) as an ingredient, as described as described in the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.

(Ingredients of Piṇḍaka): milk, sugar, cardamom, cloves and black pepper.

(Cooking instructions): Boil milk with sugar until it is condensed. Add cardamom, cloves and black pepper into this mixture. This preparation is called as piṇḍaka. This preparation is comparable with the famous sweet ‘peḍa’.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Piṇḍaka.—(Ep. Ind., Vol. IV, p. 254, text line 55), same as piṇḍa-adāna or bhāga-bhoga; cf. samucita-kara-piṇḍaka-ādi-samasta- pratyāya; taxes assessed in a lump; cf. piṇda-kara. (IA 2), same as grāsā; probably, a part of the produce of the fields for the maintenance of certain persons. (HRS), known from Pāla records; same as hiraṇya, according to some. (LL), probably, a slab. Note: piṇḍaka is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

piṇḍaka : (m.) a lump; a lump of food.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Piṇḍaka, (fr. piṇḍa) (alms)—food A. IV, 185 (SS piṇḍapāta); in phrase na piṇḍakena kilamati not go short of food Vin. III, 15, 87; IV, 23, in ukka-piṇḍaka meaning a cluster of msects or vermin Vin. I, 211=239 (v. l. piṇḍuka). (Page 458)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Piṇḍaka (पिण्डक) or Piṇḍakā (पिण्डका).—A small boil, pimple, pustule.

Derivable forms: piṇḍakaḥ (पिण्डकः).

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Piṇḍaka (पिण्डक).—

1) A lump, ball, globe.

2) A round swelling or protuberance.

3) A lump of food.

4) The calf of the leg.

5) Incense.

6) Carrot.

7) (In astr.) A sine expressed in numbers.

-kaḥ A goblin, demon.

Derivable forms: piṇḍakaḥ (पिण्डकः), piṇḍakam (पिण्डकम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Piṇḍakā (पिण्डका).—(= Sanskrit, Pali piṇḍa, piṇḍaka; compare also piṇḍikā), (alms-) food: Divyāvadāna 87.2, 7, 10.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Piṇḍaka (पिण्डक).—mn.

(-kaḥ-kaṃ) 1. Incense. 2. Carrot. 3. The calf of the leg. 4. A lump of food. 5. A lump or ball. m.

(-kaḥ) A goblin, a demon. E. piṇḍa as above, and kan added.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Piṇḍaka (पिण्डक).—[piṇḍa + ka], I. m. and n. 1. A lump, [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 114, 11. 2. A lump of food, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 14740. 3. The frontal globes of an elephant in rut, Mahābhārata 1, 5471. Ii. f. ḍikā, A fleshy part of the body, [Yājñavalkya, (ed. Stenzler.)] 3, 97; as the calf, Mahābhārata 14, 2582.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Piṇḍaka (पिण्डक).—[masculine] lump, knob, meal-cake (v. [preceding]); [feminine] piṇḍikā [adjective] round swelling or protuberance, [especially] a fleshy one, [dual] the calves of the leg.

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

1) Piṇḍaka (पिण्डक):—[from piṇḍ] mn. a lump, ball, knob, [Harivaṃśa; Suśruta]

2) [v.s. ...] a fragment, morsel, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] a round protuberance ([especially] on an elephant’s temples), [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] the ball of rice etc. offered at Śrāddhas (cf. tri-p)

5) [v.s. ...] m. a species of bulbous plant (= piṇḍālu), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Daucus Carota, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] incense, myrrh, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] a sine expressed in numbers, [Sūryasiddhānta]

9) [v.s. ...] a Piśāca, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Piṇḍaka (पिण्डक):——

1) m. — a) Klumpen , Kloss ; rundliche Hervorragung , Knöpfchen. mastakapiṇḍaka neben piṇḍika (von piṇḍikā) am Ende eines adj. Comp. die Ballen auf der Stirn eines brünstigen Elephanten. piṇḍakā f. in der Bed. Klumpen , Ballen [Hemādri’s Caturvargacintāmaṇi 1,433.WOHL] fehlerhaft. — b) Mehlkloss beim Manenopfer. — c) ein best. Knotengewächs [Rājan 7,69.(VGL.21)] — d) *Olibanum [Rājan 6,1.6.] — e) ein in Zahlen ausgedrückter Sinus. — f) ein Piśāka.

2) f. piṇḍikā — a) kugelförmige Anschwellung , Fleischballen (an Schultern , Armen , Beinen u.s.w.) [Bālarāmāyaṇa 12,4.] insbes. Du. die Waden [Viṣṇusūtra 96,92.AM] Ende eines adj. Comp. piṇḍaka (die v.l. meist piṇḍika) in der Bed. Wade fehlerhaft. — b) Unterlage , Gestell eines Götterbildes oder eines Liṅga [Agnipurāṇa 42,10.43,29.45,1.fgg.] pīṭha [Kād. (1872) 253,19.] — c) Bank , Erhöhung und dgl. zum Liegen. — d) *Nabe. — e) *eine Moschusart [Rājan 12,52.] — f) Tamarindus indica. Richtig piṣṭikā

3) *n. — a) Daucus carota. — b) Myrrhe.

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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 (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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