Subandhu: 9 definitions

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Subandhu means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Subandhu (सुबन्धु).—An ācārya, who was the high priest of King Asamāti. Once the King removed the priest from his job and appointed two priests, Kirāta and Ākuli in his stead, and after some time, the new priests, at the instance of the King, killed Subandhu. But, three brothers of his joined together and brought Subandhu back to life again by chanting hymns from the Vedas. (Ṛgveda 10, 57. 60; Bṛhaddevatā. 7. 33).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Subandhu (सुबन्धु).—A Vānara chieftain.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 232.

1b) A son of Aṭṭahāsa avatār of the Lord.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 193.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Subandhu (सुबन्धु) is the name of a Brāhman whose story is told in the tale called ‘Story of Vararuci’, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 5.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Subandhu, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

(Subuddha). A brahmin of Benares, father of Tekicchakari Thera. He incurred the wrath of Canakka and was thrown into prison by Candagutta. ThagA.i.440.

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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

Source: academia.edu: The Date of Aryabhata

Subandhu, a contemporary of Maurya King Bindusara, composed a Sanskrit “gadya-kavya” titled “Vasavadatta” which is based on the historical romantic story of Kandarpaketu and Vasavadatta.

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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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Subandhu (सुबन्धु).—name of a legendary king of Benares, father of Ikṣvāku and grandfather of Kuśa: Mahāvastu ii.420.7 ff.

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

Subandhu (सुबन्धु).—[adjective] closely connected, related; [masculine] a good friend, [Name] of a poet etc.

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

1) Subandhu (सुबन्धु):—[=su-bandhu] [from su > su-pakva] su-bandhu or su-bandhu, mfn. closely connected or related, good friend, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Bhartṛhari]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a Ṛṣi (having the [patronymic] Gaupāyana or Laupāyana and author of various hymns in [Ṛg-veda]), [Anukramaṇikā]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of the author of the Vāsava-dattā (who [probably] lived in 7th century A.D.)

4) [v.s. ...] of a merchant, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

5) [v.s. ...] of various other persons, [Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan]

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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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