Tridanda, Tridaṇḍa, Tridaṇḍā, Tridamda, Tri-danda: 16 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड).—A staff, made of three rods, carried by Vaiṣṇava sannyāsīs who are devotees of Lord Kṛṣṇa, signifying service with mind, body and words.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड) refers to the “three bamboo sticks tied into one carried by a religious mendicant”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 17.39.— Cf. Caudhāyana quoted by Mādhavācārya on Parāśara (chapter 2). The word is variously explained by the commentators. C. P. says, “the mode of life of a Yati or a religious mendicant”. Vidyādhara and Īśānadeva take it to mean “bhāgavatadarśana”. [...] Cāṇḍūpaṇḍita, Vidyādhara and Īśānadeva contrast Tridaṇḍa with Bhasmapuṇḍraka which they explain as Śaivadarśana. [...]

The three sticks (tridaṇḍa) are supposed to represent the control of mind, speech and the senses. Cf. Manusmṛti 12.10, 11. Mārkaṇḍeyapurāṇa 41.22 gives the three daṇḍas as: Vāgdaṇḍa, Karmadaṇḍa and Manodaṇḍa. The identical verse is found in Skandapurāṇa (Māheśvarakhaṇḍa) 55.135, 6 of Kumārikākhaṇḍa.

The word Tridaṇḍa is used in its original sense of “three sticks tied into one” in Jātakamālā (Harvard ed., p. 144); also in Sūtasaṃhitā (Jñānayogakhaṇḍa), chapter VI, which describes the life of religious mendicants, [...]. Cf. Kṣemendra’s Daśāvatāracarita—Vāmanāvatāra, verse 191.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड):—Tripod: three holding pillars of life viz. sattva, atma, sharira

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Tridaṇḍā (त्रिदण्डा) refers to “three lines”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “The Yoni is in the centre of the genital area. It is made of three lines [i.e., tridaṇḍa] and three encompassing circles. The god Brahmā is in the first. Viṣṇu is said to be in the second and Rudra is in the third. (Thus the energy of the Yoni) is said to consist of three paths (corresponding to three goddesses). The first goddess is Parā. The second one is said to be Aparā and the third, Parāparā. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड) refers to “(those) carrying three staffs”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] Adopting external sectarian emblems such as [carrying] one staff, three staffs (tridaṇḍa) and so on; [wearing] matted hair, ashes and the like; plucking out the hair and nakedness; wearing ochre robes; pretending to be mad, adopting the way of a non-vedic religion and [consuming] food and drink that should not be consumed, [are all] seen in various religions. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Google Books: Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड):—The Tridaṇḍa staff consists of three sticks. The Manusmṛti, XII.10, states that ‘the man is called a tridaṇḍī in whose mind control over three things—speech, thoughts and body—is firmly fixed.’

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Tri-daṇḍa.—cf. Tridaṇḍin (IA 10); tree staves tied to- gether as borne by Brāhmaṇa mendicants. Note: tri-daṇḍa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड).—

1) the three staves of a Saṃnyāsin (who has resigned the world) tied togethar so as to form one.

2) the triple subjection of thought, word, and deed.

-ṇḍaḥ the state of a religious ascetic; ज्ञानवैराग्यरहितस्त्रिदण्डमुपजीवति (jñānavairāgyarahitastridaṇḍamupajīvati) Bhāgavata 11.18.4.

Derivable forms: tridaṇḍam (त्रिदण्डम्).

Tridaṇḍa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and daṇḍa (दण्ड).

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

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड).—n.

(-ṇḍaṃ) 1. Three staves collectively. 2. Triple subjection of words, thoughts, and acts; the state of a religious ascetic. E. tri three, daṇḍa a staff, &c.

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

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड).—n. 1. the three staves of a religious mendicant joined together, Mahābhārata 12, 12007. 2. three kinds of self-command (in thought, word, and deed), [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 12, 11.

Tridaṇḍa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and daṇḍa (दण्ड).

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

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड).—[neuter] the three staves (of a mendicant Brahman) or the triple subjection (of words, thoughts, & acts); poss. ṇḍin, as [masculine] a religious mendicant.

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

1) Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड):—[=tri-daṇḍa] [from tri] n. = ṇḍaka, [Manu-smṛti etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] triple control (id est. of thoughts, words, and acts), [, xii, 11.]

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

Tridaṇḍa (त्रिदण्ड):—[tri-daṇḍa] (ṇḍaṃ) 1. n. Three staves collectively; triple subjection, of thoughts, words, and actions.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Tridaṃḍa (ತ್ರಿದಂಡ):—[noun] a bundle of three long staff, used by ascetics.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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