Vajradamshtra, Vajradaṃṣṭra, Vajra-damshtra: 7 definitions



Vajradamshtra means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Vajradaṃṣṭra can be transliterated into English as Vajradamstra or Vajradamshtra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vajradamshtra in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र).—A ferocious giant who was a follower of Rāvaṇa. In Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Yuddha Kāṇḍa, Sarga 54, mention is made that this giant was killed by Aṅgada in the Rāma-Rāvaṇa battle.

2) Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र).—A captain of the army of Tripurāsura. It is stated in Gaṇeśa Purāṇa that Tripurāsura gave his captain clothes, villages etc. as presents, for bringing Pātāla (netherworld) under control.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र).—An Asura who took part in the Devāsura war between Bali and Indra;1 helped in the churning of the ocean.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 10. 20.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 249. 67.
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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)

[«previous next»] — Vajradamshtra in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र) is the name of a Vidyādhara king, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 65. Accordingly, “...  there is on the Himālayas a king of the Vidyādharas, named Vajradaṃṣṭra. His queen gave birth to five daughters in succession. And then the king propitiated Śiva with austerities and obtained a son, named Rajatadaṃṣhṭra, whom he valued more than life”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vajradaṃṣṭra, 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

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र) refers to one of the male Vidyā-beings mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Vajradaṃṣṭra).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vajradamshtra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र).—a kind of insect.

Derivable forms: vajradaṃṣṭraḥ (वज्रदंष्ट्रः).

Vajradaṃṣṭra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and daṃṣṭra (दंष्ट्र).

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

1) Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र):—[=vajra-daṃṣṭra] [from vajra > vaj] mfn. having teeth as hard as adamant, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a Rākṣasa, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of an Asura, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] of a king of the Vidyā-dharas, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

5) [v.s. ...] of a lion, [Pañcatantra]

6) [v.s. ...] = -kīṭa, [Catalogue(s)]

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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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