Ratnadhara, Ratnadhāra, Ratnādhāra, Ratna-adhara: 8 definitions


Ratnadhara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ratnadhara in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ratnādhāra (रत्नाधार) refers the “storehouse of (endless) gems”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.31 (“Description of Śiva’s magic”).—Accordingly, as the Gods though amongst themselves: “If the mountain were to give his daughter to Śiva with single-minded devotion he will attain salvation immediately and will disappear from Bhārata. The mountain is the storehouse of endless gems (ananta-ratnādhāra). If he were to leave off the Earth and go, the name of the Earth—Ratnagarbhā (having gems in the womb)—shall be a misnomer. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Ratnadhara (रत्नधर).—A mountain south of Mānasa;1 residence of the seven sages.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 23.
  • 2) Ib. 38. 27; 39. 45.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Ratnadhara in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Consecration Rituals in South Asia (Shaktism)

Ratnadhāra (रत्नधार) refers to “jewels” (i.e., ‘a collection of jewels’ [?]), according to the Ratnanyāsa Ritual as Described in the Devyāmata (Cf. Dīptāgama verse 20.244).—Accordingly, [synopsis of verses 1-5]—“Offering of water from the water-vessel; purification of the ‘jewel-cavities’ (ratnadhāra-randhra) by sprinkling the pit with the astramantra and ‘Śiva-water’; covering the pit and the surface of the brahmaśilā with cloth; placing the darbha-grass on [or around] the pit; anointing the pit and the brahmaśilā with sandal-paste 5. Having offered incense, the Ācārya accompanied by the mūrtipās should begin the ratnanyāsa by depositing a handful of gold. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Mahāmati (महामति) is the (Mortal) Bodhisattva associated with by Buddha Śikhī: one of the seven mortal Buddhas (mānuṣī) whose names appear last in the list of thirty-two Buddhas in Mahāyāna Buddhism.—The last seven Tathāgatas are well-known, and are designated by the Mahāyānist as Mānuṣī or “Mortal Buddhas”. When represented, the last seven Mortal Buddhas appear all alike; they are of one colour and one form, usually sitting cross-legged,with the right hand disposed in the Bhūmisparśa-mudrā (earth-touching attitute), which is the mudrā peculiar to Akṣobhya. [...] In paintings, the Mortal Buddhas [viz., Śikhī and Ratnadhara] have usually a yellow or golden complexion. [...] Sometimes they are represented as standing, in which case the appear under a distinguishing Bodhi Tree and with a distinguishing mudrā.

Ratnadhara is brought into existence by the (Mortal) Buddha Śikhī with his (Mortal) Buddhaśakti named Śikhimālinī.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ratnadhara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Ratnadhara (रत्नधर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—son of Vidyādhara, son of Gadādhara, son of Rāmeśvara, son of Vedeśvara, son of Caṇḍeśvara, was the father of Jagaddhara (Mālatimādhavaṭīkā etc.). Oxf. 136^b. L. 1981.

2) Ratnadhara (रत्नधर):—Kāśīmāhātmya.

3) Ratnadhara (रत्नधर):—Smṛtimañjarī.

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

Ratnadhara (रत्नधर):—[=ratna-dhara] [from ratna] m. Name of various men, [Catalogue(s)]

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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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