Shadangula, Ṣaḍaṅgula, Shash-angula: 3 definitions


Shadangula means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Ṣaḍaṅgula can be transliterated into English as Sadangula or Shadangula, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shadangula in Purana glossary
Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Ṣaḍaṅgula (षडङ्गुल) is the name of a Nāga whose story was related to Gonanda by Bṛhadaśva according to the Nīlamata-purāṇa .—The Nāga Ṣaḍaṅgula was banished from Kaśmīra due to his evil activities. When the Nāga Mahāpadma approached Nīla and besought him for a dwelling place in Kaśmīra as his family was being devoured by Garuḍa, the Nāga king allotted to him the place which was formerly occupied by Ṣaḍaṅgula and where, after the banishment of Ṣaḍaṅgula, was constructed the city Candrapura ruled over by king Viśvagaśva. The city was destined to be turned into a lake due to the curse of the sage Durvāsā.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Shadangula in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Google Books: Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences (Astronomy)

Ṣaḍaṅgula (षडङ्गुल) refers to a measure of “six aṅgulas”, according to Hemavijaya Gaṇin’s Kathāratnākara (A.D. 1600).—Accordingly, “The Brāhmaṇa, who is especially well-versed in the whole range of astral science, wore a forehead mark made of saffron and rice-grains—{The round vessel is made of ten palas of copper. In the ghaṭikā [bowl] the height should be made of six aṅgulas [i.e., ṣaḍaṅgula]. The diameter there should be made to the measure of twelve aṅgulas. The good cherish a water clock that holds sixty palas of water}—dropped the bowl, made fully according to the aforementioned prescriptions, in a basin filled with clean water at the time of the setting of the divine sun”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shadangula in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ṣaḍaṅgula (षडंगुल) [or लि, li].—a S pop. ṣaḍaṅguḷī a Six-fingered or six-toed.

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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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