Pindaka, aka: Piṇḍaka, Piṇḍakā; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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

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.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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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piṇḍaka : (m.) a lump; a lump of food.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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)

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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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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: Shabda-Sagara 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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