Subandhu; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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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: Puranic Encyclopaedia

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

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 232.

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

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 193.
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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Katha (narrative stories)

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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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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(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.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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

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.

Source: The Date of Aryabhata
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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

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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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