Pindi, Piṇḍī, Piṇḍi, Pimdi: 24 definitions


Pindi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi, biology. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: svAbhinava: Abhinavagupta’s Treatment of the lāsyāṅgas

Piṇḍī (पिण्डी) is a collection of all those basic elements which make a composite whole. Just as the sky is spoken of as being with and without limit, piṇḍīs are said to be existing both in parts and also as a whole. Piṇḍī is called piṇḍībandha because it draws in it every aspect and ties them together. Abhinavagupta says that the piṇḍīs reveal the manifestation of the Lord. By this he means the several formations of groups to satisfy or portray different deities.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)

Pindi in dance refers to the quality of “single hand”, as defined in Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—S. V. Subramaniyan (translator of the Cilappatikāram) says that the dance master had an understanding of the sixteen kūttus from alliyam to koṭukkōṭṭi and their various inner divisions. He was talented in combining within them dance, song and rhythm. He knew the quality of pindi (single hand), pinnayal (double hand), elirkkai (to show hand gesture beautifully, dancing to rhythm) and tolirkkai (to show in action through abhinaya).

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 5

Piṇḍī (पिण्डी) is the name of a plant, the leaves of which is considered a vegetable fit for use in oblation offerings, according to verse 25.128b-134 of the 8th-century Īśvarasaṃhitā. Accordingly, “... they [eg., Piṇḍī] are to be cut with a knife or sickle uttering vīryanantra, shall notice the (presence of the worms), insects and wash them (vegetables) many times, with water. They are to be kept as before, in cooking vessels, either alone or mixed up with each other with salt, pepper, mustards, jīraka, leaves of śrīparṇī, water, waters of the coconut, their fruits and grinded with honey mixed up with ghee, together with pulses, black gram, neem and varieties of green gram with soups. Kinds of green gram and others without soup but with salt and others”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Pindi in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Justicia tranquebariensis L. from the Acanthaceae (Acanthus) family having the following synonyms: Adhatoda tranquebariensis, Justicia glauca Heyne ex Wall., Justicia parvifolia. For the possible medicinal usage of pindi, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Piṇḍī (पिण्डी, “pill”) is another name for Gulikā, a Sanskrit technical term appearing in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva..—When the powdered drugs are mixed with the syrup of jaggary, sugar or guggulu or ground with water, milk or svarasa and made balls and dried it is known as Guḷikā [Gulikā]. Vaṭaka, vaṭi, modaka, vaṭikā, piṇḍī and varti are its synonyms.

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Piṇḍī (पिण्डी):—A synonym of vati-a ball / a lump

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Piṇḍī (पिण्डी) refers to a “ball”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If the eclipse should, commencing at the edge, travel inwards and remain there for a time of the shape of a dark ball [i.e., piṇḍī-kṛta], it is technically known as Nirodha (blocking up): all creatures will be happy. If the eclipse should be a total one and continue so for a time, it is known as Avamardana (tormenting): the then chief provinces will suffer and the then chief rulers will be afflicted with miseries”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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India history and geography

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1

Pindi (“flour-powder”) is one of the exogamous septs (divisions) among the Malas (considered the Pariahs of the Telugu country) of the Pokunati section. The Mala people are almost equally inferior in position to the Madigas and have, in their various sub-divisions, many exogamous septs (e.g., Pindi).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Pindi in India is the name of a plant defined with Ficus tinctoria in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Ficus gibbosa Blume var. parasitica (J. Koenig ex Willd.) Prain (among others).

2) Pindi is also identified with Justicia tranquebariensis It has the synonym Justicia tranquebariansis L..

3) Pindi is also identified with Meyna spinosa It has the synonym Vangueria stellata Blanco (etc.).

4) Pindi is also identified with Phoenix dactylifera It has the synonym Palma major Garsault (etc.).

5) Pindi is also identified with Rungia parviflora.

6) Pindi is also identified with Rungia pectinata It has the synonym Rungia pectinata var. clarkeana Handel-Mazzetti (etc.).

7) Pindi in Sierra Leone is also identified with Vetiveria nigritana It has the synonym Andropogon squarrosus var. chrysopogonoides Hack. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Species Plantarum
· Symbolae Sinicae (1936)
· Austrobaileya (1999)
· Journal of Cytology and Genetics (1987)
· Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. (1877)
· Annals of the Royal Botanic Garden. Calcutta. (1887)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

piṇḍī : (f.) a cluster; bunch.

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

Piṇḍi, (f.) (cp. piṇḍa & Sk. piṇḍī) a lump, round mass, ball, cluster D. I, 74=A. III, 25 (nahāniya° ball of fragrant soap; DA. I, 218: piṇḍa); M. III, 92; J. I, 76 (phala°); II, 393; III, 53 (amba°); Miln. 107; Vism. 500 (piṭṭha°); DhA. III, 207 (amba°). (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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

piṇḍī (पिंडी).—f (S or from piṇḍa) A ball or mass (of medicaments,--auṣadhāñcī) made up in cloth; to be dabbed upon the eyes &c. 2 The Phallus or lingam of Mahadeva,--the bāṇa in the middle of the śā- ḷuṅkā. The frame of a pitcher at the pottery,--the solid sphere or cylinder upon which the mass of earth is put to be formed.

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

piṇḍī (पिंडी).—f The Phallus or lingam of Maha- deva-the bāṇa in the middle of the śāḷuṅkā.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Piṇḍi (पिण्डि) or Piṇḍī (पिण्डी).—f.

1) A round mass, ball.

2) The nave of a wheel.

3) The calf of the leg.

4) The Asoka tree.

5) The long gourd (alābu).

6) A house.

7) A species of palm.

8) A stool or seat.

9) A pedestal for the image of a deity.

Derivable forms: piṇḍiḥ (पिण्डिः).

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

Piṇḍī (पिण्डी).—(in Sanskrit app. not precisely in this sense; also in AMg., whether in this sense is not clear), large group, collection: buddhapiṇḍī nirmitā Divyāvadāna 162.15; buddha- piṇḍyā (gen.) nimittam 163.1.

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

Piṇḍi (पिण्डि).—f. (-ṇḍi) 1. The have of a wheel. 2. The Asoka tree, &c: see piṇḍī. E. piḍi to collect, (the spokes,) aff. in; also piṇḍī and piṇḍikā .

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

1) Piṇḍī (पिण्डी):—[from piṇḍa > piṇḍ] a f. See 1. piṇḍī.

2) Piṇḍi (पिण्डि):—[from piṇḍ] f. the nave of a wheel, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. piṇḍī, ḍikā).

3) Piṇḍī (पिण्डी):—[from piṇḍ] 1. piṇḍī f. ([gana] gaurādi) a ball, lump, lump of food, [Āpastamba-śrauta-sūtra]

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

5) [v.s. ...] the nave of a wheel, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] a kind of tree, [Daśakumāra-carita] (Tabernaemontina Coronaria or a species of date tree, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.])

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

8) [v.s. ...] performance of certain gesticulations accompanying the silent repetition of prayers etc. in meditation on real or divine knowledge, [Horace H. Wilson]

9) [v.s. ...] Name of a woman [gana] kurv-ādi.

10) [from piṇḍ] 2. piṇḍī ind. in [compound] for piṇḍa.

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

Piṇḍi (पिण्डि):—(ṇḍiḥ) 2. f. The nave of a whell.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Piṇḍī (पिण्डी) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Piṃḍī.

[Sanskrit to German]

Pindi in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Pindi in Hindi refers in English to:—(nf) a small lump; small round mass of anything; round skein of thread; a crook..—pindi (पिंडी) is alternatively transliterated as Piṃḍī.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Piṃḍī (पिंडी) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Piṇḍī.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Piṃḍi (ಪಿಂಡಿ):—

1) [noun] a mass of crushed oilseed from which the oil has been extracted, used as livestock feed and as a fertiliser; oil-cake.

2) [noun] a kind of relish made of grams, spices, herbs, etc.

3) [noun] a kind of sweet dish.

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Piṃḍi (ಪಿಂಡಿ):—

1) [noun] the tree Spondias pinnata ( = S. mangifera) of anacardiaceae family.

2) [noun] its plum.

3) [noun] the plant Gymnacranthera canarica ( = Myristica canarica) of Myristicaceae family.

4) [noun] the plant Hibiscus cannabinus of Malvaceae family; deccan hemp.

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Piṃḍi (ಪಿಂಡಿ):—

1) [noun] any sphere-shaped mass.

2) [noun] a group of persons, animals or things; a multitude.

3) [noun] several objects or a quantity of material gathered or bound together; a bundle.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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