Simhatunda, Siṃhatuṇḍa, Simha-tunda: 9 definitions

Introduction

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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Siṃhatuṇḍa (सिंहतुण्ड) is a Sanskrit word referring to “that (fish) which has its mouth like the lion”. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 5.16)

Dharmashastra book cover
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Simhatunda in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Siṃhatuṇḍa (सिंहतुण्ड, “the ‘lion-faced’-fish”) refers to one of the fifty-six vināyakas located at Kāśī (Vārāṇasī), and forms part of a sacred pilgrimage (yātrā), described in the Kāśīkhaṇḍa (Skanda-purāṇa 4.2.57). He is also known as Siṃhatuṇḍavināyaka, Siṃhatuṇḍagaṇeśa and Siṃhatuṇḍavighneśa. These fifty-six vināyakas are positioned at the eight cardinal points in seven concentric circles (8x7). They center around a deity named Ḍhuṇḍhirāja (or Ḍhuṇḍhi-vināyaka) positioned near the Viśvanātha temple, which lies at the heart of Kāśī, near the Gaṅges. This arrangement symbolises the interconnecting relationship of the macrocosmos, the mesocosmos and the microcosmos.

Siṃhatuṇḍa is positioned in the Southern corner of the fourth circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “Khalispura, Brahmeshvara, D 33 / 66”. Worshippers of Siṃhatuṇḍa will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the reliever from the ocean of sufferings”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.18437, Lon. 83.00382 (or, 25°11'03.7"N, 83°00'13.8"E) (Google maps)

Kāśī (Vārāṇasī) is a holy city in India and represents the personified form of the universe deluded by the Māyā of Viṣṇu. It is described as a fascinating city which is beyond the range of vision of Giriśa (Śiva) having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

Siṃhatuṇḍa, and the other vināyakas, are described in the Skandapurāṇa (the largest of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas). This book narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is composed of over 81,000 metrical verses with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Simhatunda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Siṃhatuṇḍa (सिंहतुण्ड).—a kind of fish; Ms.5.16.

Derivable forms: siṃhatuṇḍaḥ (सिंहतुण्डः).

Siṃhatuṇḍa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms siṃha and tuṇḍa (तुण्ड).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Siṃhatuṇḍa (सिंहतुण्ड).—m.

(-ṇḍaḥ) 1. A kind of fish. 2. The Sehunda tree. E. siṃha, tuṇḍa face.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Siṃhatuṇḍa (सिंहतुण्ड).—m. a kind of fish, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 5, 16.

Siṃhatuṇḍa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms siṃha and tuṇḍa (तुण्ड).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Siṃhatuṇḍa (सिंहतुण्ड).—[masculine] a kind of fish.

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

1) Siṃhatuṇḍa (सिंहतुण्ड):—[=siṃha-tuṇḍa] [from siṃha] m. ‘lion-faced’, a kind of fish, [Manu-smṛti v, 16]

2) [v.s. ...] Euphorbia Ligularia, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Siṃhatuṇḍa (सिंहतुण्ड):—[siṃha-tuṇḍa] (ṇḍaḥ) 1. m. A kind of fish.

[Sanskrit to German]

Simhatunda in German

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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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