Ratnadhenu, aka: Ratna-dhenu; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Ratnadhenu (रत्नधेनु).—The gift of a cow with precious gems set in every part of its body takes one to the world of Viṣṇu and makes him attain the place of Śambhu;1 Gudadhenu, fit for gift on the Viśokadvādaśi day.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 274. 10; 288. 1-17.
  • 2) Ib. 82. 2.
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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India history and geogprahy

Ratna-dhenu.—(EI 13, 16, 24), name of a mahādāna. Note: ratna-dhenu 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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ratnadhenu in Sanskrit glossary... « previous · [R] · next »

Ratnadhenu (रत्नधेनु).—a cow symbolically represented by jewels.

Derivable forms: ratnadhenuḥ (रत्नधेनुः).

Ratnadhenu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ratna and dhenu (धेनु).

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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