Pulinda, aka: Pulindā; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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1a) Pulinda (पुलिन्द).—The son of Bhadraka and father of Ghoṣa of the Śunga dynasty.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 17.

1b) A tribe of Dakṣiṇapatha formed into a caste by Purañjaya; purified of sin by the worship of Hari;1 kings of the;2 kingdom of the, established by Visvaphāṇi;3 elevated to royalty by Viśvasphaṭika.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 36; II. 4. 18; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 126; 47. 48; 98. 108; 99. 268 and 378.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 50. 76.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 58; III. 73. 108; 74. 191; Matsya-purāṇa 114. 48; 121. 49.
  • 4) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 62.
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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Pulinda (पुलिन्द) is the name of a country pertaining to the Oḍramāgadhī local usage (pravṛtti) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 14. These pravṛttis provide information regarding costumes, languages, and manners in different countries of the world. It is mentioned that this local usage (adopted by these countries) depends on the verbal style (bhāratī) and the graceful style (kaiśikī).

The Pulindas are usually to be represented by a brown (asita) color when painting the limbs (aṅgaracanā), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. The painting is a component of nepathya (costumes and make-up) and is to be done in accordance with the science of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., 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) and poetic works (kavya).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

The name given to the wild tribes of Ceylon, evidently to be identified with the present Veddas. Their ancestry is traced to Jivahattha and Dipella, the son and daughter of Vijaya by Kuveni. Mhv.vii.58; MT.264, 266.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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India history and geogprahy

Pulinda (पुलिन्द) is the name of an ancient kingdom situated in Dakkhiṇāpatha (Deccan) or “southern district” of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—The Pulindas are mentioned in Rock Edict XIII of Asoka as a vassal tribe along with the Andhras, and Bhojas. In a passage of the Aitareya Brāhmaṇa the Pulindas are mentioned along with the Andhras; in the Purāṇas (viz. Matsya, Vāyu), however, they are mentioned with the Sabares and are referred to as Dakṣiṇāpathavāsinaḥ together with the Vaidarbhas and the Daṇḍakas. The Mahābhārata also places the Pulindas, Andhras and the Sabares in Dakṣiṇāpatha.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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pulinda (पुलिंद).—m (S) A barbarian, a savage or mountaineer; one who uses an uncultivated or a barbarous dialect.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pulinda (पुलिंद).—m A barbarian, mountaineer.

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

Pulinda (पुलिन्द).—

1) Name of a barbarous tribe (usually in pl.).

2) A man of this tribe, a savage, barbarian, mountaineer; वन्यैः पुलिन्दैरिव वानरैस्ताः क्लिश्यन्त उद्यानलता मदीयाः (vanyaiḥ pulindairiva vānaraistāḥ kliśyanta udyānalatā madīyāḥ) R.16.19,32.

3) A hunter; तेषामन्तराणि वागुरिकशबरपुलिन्दचण्डालारण्यचरा रक्षेयुः (teṣāmantarāṇi vāgurikaśabarapulindacaṇḍālāraṇyacarā rakṣeyuḥ) Kau. A.2.1.19.

Derivable forms: pulindaḥ (पुलिन्दः).

See also (synonyms): pulindaka.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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