Pracanda, aka: Pracaṇḍā, Pracaṇḍa; 17 Definition(s)


Pracanda means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Prachanda.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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1) Pracaṇḍā (प्रचण्डा):—Name of one of the goddesses to be worshipped during Āvaraṇapūjā (“Worship of the Circuit of Goddesses”), according to the Durgāpūjātattva (“The truth concerning Durgā’s ritual”). They should be worshipped with either the five upācāras or perfume and flowers.

Her mantra is as follows:

ह्रीं ओं प्रचण्डायै नमः
hrīṃ oṃ pracaṇḍāyai namaḥ

2) Pracaṇḍa (प्रचण्ड, “fierce, furious”) is the central Bhairava of the Khecarīcakra, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra and the Gorakṣa-saṃhitā. He is also known as Caṇḍa. He is seated within the triangle in the pericarp of the lotus and has a dark and awe-inspiring appearance and the lustre of the fire of destruction. He has a large body, five faces with three eyes, and twenty arms. He is decorated with many ornaments and dresses himself in a tiger skin.

His Śakti is seated on his lap and has three eyes and four arms, holding a nooise (pāśa), a hook (aṅkuśa), a lute (vīṇā) and a spear (śūla). She is also richly adorned with ornaments. Out of her desire twelve Yoginīs are born who are said to move through the sky and to cause both creation and destruction. They are seated on a twelve-petalled lotus in the centre of the Khecarīcakra.

These Yoginīs are called

  1. Sabhramā,
  2. Vibhrahmā,
  3. Raudrā,
  4. Kumbhikā,
  5. Kauśikā,
  6. Śukā,
  7. Suśukā,
  8. Khagā,
  9. Bimbā,
  10. Mṛgā,
  11. Ārambhā
  12. and Mahotkaṭā.

They each have three faces with threey eyes and twelve arms; they wear many ornaments and by emitting amṛta they, in turn, give birth to the twenty-four Khecarīs of the sūryamaṇḍala.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Pracaṇḍā (प्रचण्डा, “wrathful”):—One of the thousand names (nr. 827) of Lalitā, according to the Lalitā-sahasranāma.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Pracaṇḍā (प्रचण्डा):—One of the nine Durgās (navadurgā) that are worshipped for the prosperity of children, according to the Agni-purāṇa. Her colour is gorocana (red sandal paste). She has sixteen hands each and holds within her right hands a skull, shield, mirror, bow, flag and pāśa (cord), and in her left hands a rod, iron pounder, Śūla, Vajra, sword, Aṅkuśa (a sticklike weapon), Śara (arrow), Cakra and a śalākā. These nine Durgās are seen as different forms of Pārvatī.

Source: Wisdom Library: Purāṇas

Pracaṇḍa (प्रचण्ड).—A demon. Pracaṇḍa fought against Kārttikeya in the fight between Paramaśiva and the Tripuras. (Chapter 1, Gaṇeśa Purāṇa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Pracaṇḍā (प्रचण्डा).—A goddess enshrined at Chāgalāṇḍa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 43.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Pracaṇḍa (प्रचण्ड):—One of the eight gatekeepers who are said to embody the eight siddhis (‘yogic powers’).

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Pracaṇḍa (प्रचण्ड) was a soldier in Sunītha and Sūryaprabha’s army whose strength is considered as equaling a fourfold-power warrior (caturguṇaratha), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 47. Accordingly, as the Asura Maya explained the arrangement of warriors in Sunītha’s army: “... [Pracaṇḍa, and others], these princes are warriors of fourfold power”.

The story of Pracaṇḍa was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Pracaṇḍa, 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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Pracaṇḍā (प्रचण्डा) is the goddess presiding over one of the six petals of the eastern lotus of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala, according to the Vārāhyabhyudayatantra (largerly extracted from the 10th century Abhidhānottaratantra). These six petals are presided over by a kuleśvarī (presiding lady) named Māmakī. The central deity of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala is the twelve-armed Vajravarāhī.

Pracaṇḍā is associated with the sacred site (pīṭha) named Pullīramalaya. All the goddess of the eastern lotus petals are to be visualised as dancing naked and being half-male / half-female (ardhanarīśvarī) with their two sides being white and green. In their four arms they brandish a bowl and staff, with a ḍamaru and their familial attribute.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Pracaṇḍā (प्रचण्डा) is the name of a Ḍākinī (‘sacred girl’) presiding over Pullīramalaya: one of the four Pīṭhas (‘sacred spot’) present within the Cittacakra (‘circle of mid’), according to the 9th-centruy Vajraḍākatantra. The Cittacakra is one of three Cakras within the Tricakra system which embodies twenty-four sacred spots or districts resided over by twenty-four Ḍākinīs (viz., Pracaṇḍā) whose husbands abide in one’s body in the form of twenty-four ingredients (dhātu) of one’s body.

Pracaṇḍā has for her husband the hero (vīra) named Khaṇḍakapālin. She is the presiding deity of Pullīramalaya and the associated internal location is ‘head’ and the bodily ingredients (dhātu) are ‘fingernails’ and ‘teeth’.

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Pracaṇḍā (प्रचण्डा) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Khaṇḍakapālin forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vajracakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the vajracakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Pracaṇḍā] and Vīras each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum and a knife; they are dark-bluish-black in color.

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Pracaṇḍa (प्रचण्ड):—The name of a minister of King Ajātaśatru, according to the Suvarṇavarṇāvadāna (a buddhist mahāyāna avadāna text.)

Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Pracaṇḍa (प्रचण्ड) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Pracaṇḍa] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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pracaṇḍa (प्रचंड).—a (S) Extreme, excessive, superlative, transcendent. It bears great amplitude of application in the sense of Vehemence, outrageousness, stupendousness;--used of affections, qualification, and qualities, and, attrib. of the persons, substances, businesses the subject of them. Ex. pracaṇḍakrōdha-parākrama-vāyu-agni-vidyā-jñāna-audārya-sā- marthya &c.; also hā pracaṇḍa paṇḍita, tēṃ pracaṇḍa araṇya, tō pracaṇḍa samudra, kōśācēṃ kāma kēvaḍhēṃ pracaṇḍa.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pracaṇḍa (प्रचंड).—a Extreme, excessive.

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

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Pracaṇḍa (प्रचण्ड).—a.

1) Vehement, excessively violent, impetuous.

2) Strong, powerful, fierce.

3) Very hot, stifling (as heat).

4) Furious, wrathful.

5) Bold, confident.

6) Terrible, terrific.

7) Intolerable, unbearable.

-ṇḍaḥ A species of oleander.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pracaṇḍā (प्रचण्डा).—(compare Sanskrit id., eine Form oder Śakti der Durgā, BR), n. of a yoginī: Sādh 427.3.

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

Pracaṇḍa (प्रचण्ड).—mfn.

(-ṇḍaḥ-ṇḍā-ṇḍaṃ) 1. Excessively hot or burning. 2. Intolerable, insupportable. 3. Bold, confident, presuming. 4. Wrathful, passionate. 5. Violent, strong. 6. Furious. 7. Terrible. m.

(-ṇḍaḥ) A sort of Nerium with white flowers. f.

(-ṇḍā) One of Durga'S emanations or attendants. E. pra very, caṇḍa hot, &c.

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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