Trinabindu, aka: Tṛṇabindu, Trina-bindu; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Tṛṇabindu can be transliterated into English as Trnabindu or Trinabindu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Tṛṇabindu (तृणबिन्दु) is depicted as a sculpture on the first pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Trailokyeśvara.—In the lower panel, starting from right, a damsel is in distress. She is being pulled out by a person with force. The action according to Narasiṃhapurāṇa takes place in the hermitage of sage Tṛṇabindu. The two male figures at extremes are showing their respect to her which looks like baise-main. One of them must be the sage Tṛṇabindu. He forbids Indra from killing the demoness Nāḍījaṅghā. The two cauri bearers have their palms on their mouth to express their emotion in an awe inspiring scene of this kind.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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1a) Tṛṇabindu (तृणबिन्दु).—A king and the son of Bandhu. (Budha, vāyu-purāṇa.). His queen was Alambuṣā. Father of a number of sons and a daughter Ceḍavīḍā.1 (Ilavilā, Viṣṇu-purāṇa). Lust after more territory.2 Lived at the commencement of the third Tretāyuga. His daughter was Draviḍā. Many kings of Viśāla ruled by his grace.3 Begot an Apsaras, Ālambuṣā, a son Viśāla who began the Vaiśāla line of kings which ended with Sumati.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 2. 30-31; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 36-7; 61. 10; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 46-7.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 3. 10.
  • 3) Vā 86. 15-16, 22.
  • 4) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 48-9, 59.

1b) The 27th Veda Vyāsa, learnt the br. purāṇa and the vāyu purāṇa from Somaśuṣma and narrated the former to Dakṣa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 123; IV. 4. 64-65; Vāyu-purāṇa 103. 64.

1c) A sage who got freed from a curse at Ṛsitīrtham on the Narmadā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 193. 13.

1d) The Veda-Vyāsa of the 23rd (24th, vāyu-purāṇa.) Dvāpara; Śveta, the avatār of the Lord.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 203; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 3. 17.

1e) The son of Dama and a king at the beginning of the third Tretāyuga in the 11th Manvantara; had a daughter Iḍivilā, who was married to Paulaśtya.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 30-1.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Tṛṇabindu (तृणबिन्दु):—Son of Budha (son of Vegavān). The Apsarā named Alambuṣā, accepted Tṛṇabindu as her husband and gave birth to a few sons and a daughter known as Ilavilā. He had three sons, named Viśāla, Śūnyabandhu and Dhūmraketu. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.2.30-31,33)

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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