Sundara, aka: Shundara, Śuṇḍāra; 14 Definition(s)


Sundara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, 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 Śuṇḍāra can be transliterated into English as Sundara or Shundara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Sundara (सुन्दर).—A Gandharva, the son of Vīrabāhu. Due to Vasiṣṭha’s curse he was born as a Rākṣasa whom Mahāviṣṇu later on raised from his fallen state. (Skanda Purāṇa).

2) Sundara (सुन्दर).—An Āndhra monarch, son of Pulindasena and father of King Śātakarṇi. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Part 4).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Sundara (सुन्दर).—Śāntikarṇa, ruled for a year.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 273. 11.

1b) A son of Pulindasena and father of Śatakarṇi.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 47.
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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Sundara (सुन्दर) is the alternative name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) mentioned by Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Sundara corresponds to Maṇibhūṣaṇa, Ramaṇīya. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Sundara. A city where Kassapa Buddha performed the Yamaka patihariya at the foot of an asana tree (BuA.218), and Konagamana Buddha under a mahasala tree (BuA.214).

2. Sundara. A monk of Rajagaha. One day, as he walked through the street, a woman asked him to stop for a moment that she might worship him, and, raising the end of his robe, took his penis into her mouth. A doubt arose in his mind as to whether any blame attached to him and he consulted the Buddha, who said that as Sundara had not acquiesced in the act, he was blameless. Vin.iii.36; of the story of St. Anthony.

3. Sundara. A monk who, with five hundred others of the same name, was present at the Foundation Ceremony of the Maha Thupa. MT.522.

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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Sundara (सुन्दर) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Sundarī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Jñānacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the jñānacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the saṃbhoga-puṭa (‘enjoyment layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Sundara] are white in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Sundara (सुन्दर) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Sundara] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

Sundara (r. 76-77 CE) or Sundara Śātakarṇi  is a king from the Sātavāhana dynasty of ancient India. The Sātavāhana lineage (known as Andhra in the Purāṇas) once ruled much of the Deccan region and several of the Ajantā caves at West-Khandesh (West-Khaṇḍeśa, modern Jalgaon) were carved in the 3rd century BCE when the region was ruled by kings (eg., Sundara Śātakarṇi ) and descendants of the Sātavāhana kings. Sundara Śātakarṇi was preceded by Purindraṣeṇa and succeeded by Chakora Śātakarṇi.

Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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sundara : (adj.) good; nice; beautiful.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Sundara, (adj.) (cp. Epic & Class. Sk. sundara) beautiful, good, nice, well J. II, 11, 98; SnA 410, 493 (cp. parovara). It is very frequent as Commentary word, e.g. for prefix su° PvA. 57, 77; VvA. 111; for subha PvA. 14, 44; for sādhu SnA 176; for sobhana PvA. 49; for seyyo PvA. 130. (Page 719)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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sundara (सुंदर).—a (S) Handsome or beautiful. 2 Used freely, as are the English words Capital, superb, splendid, fine &c., to express admiration or approbation of the object.

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sundarā (सुंदरा).—f (Used in poetry for sundarī) A beautiful woman.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sundara (सुंदर).—a Handsome; capital, superb.

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sundarā (सुंदरा) [-rī, -री].—f A beautiful woman.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śuṇḍāra (शुण्डार).—

1) A distiller.

2) An elephant's trunk or proboscis; शुण्डारः कलभेन यद्वदचले वत्सेन दोर्दण्डकः (śuṇḍāraḥ kalabhena yadvadacale vatsena dordaṇḍakaḥ) Mv.1.53.

Derivable forms: śuṇḍāraḥ (शुण्डारः).

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Sundara (सुन्दर).—a. (- f.) (sund-araḥ Uṇ.3.133)

1) Lovely, beautiful, handsome, charming.

2) Right.

-raḥ Name of Cupid.

-rī A beautiful woman; एका भार्या सुन्दरी वा दरी वा (ekā bhāryā sundarī vā darī vā) Bh.2.115; विद्याधरसुन्दरीणाम् (vidyādharasundarīṇām) Ku.1.7.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sundara (सुन्दर).—(1) n. of a king: Mv i.249.16; 252.5; (2) n. of a prince (also °raka): Av i.189.10; 190.1 (both prose); (3) n. of a householder's son: Av ii.201.13 ff.; (4) n. of a nāga: Mvy 3312; (5) n. of a yakṣa: Māy 43.

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Sundarā (सुन्दरा).—n. of a female doorkeeper (dvārapālinī): Sādh 502.14.

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

Śuṇḍāra (शुण्डार).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A distiller, a vintner. 2. An elephant’s proboscis. E. śuṇḍā spirits, ra aff.

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Sundara (सुन्दर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā or -rī-raṃ) Handsome, beautiful. m.

(-raḥ) Kamadeva. f. (-rī) 1. A handsome woman. 2. A small timber tree, (Heritiera minor.) 3. Turmeric. 4. A species of metre. E. su good, excellent, dṛ to respect, aff. ap; or su with undi to moisten, aff. aran .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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