Vayumandala, aka: Vāyumaṇḍala, Vayu-mandala; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Vāyumaṇḍala (वायुमण्डल).—A son of the hermit Maṅkaṇaka. See para 3, under Maṅkaṇaka.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Vāyumaṇḍala (वायुमण्डल) refers to the “circle of wind”, according to a note at Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 51.—According to the canonical sūtras (Dīgha; Kośavyākhyā), the earth (pṛthivī) rests upon the water (udaka) or Circle of waters (abmaṇḍala); the water or Circle of waters rests on wind (vāyu); the wind rests on space (ākāśa); space does not rest upon anything.—In this summary, there is no mention of gold (kañcana) or diamond (vajra). Later scholasticism, particularly that of the Sarvāstivādins (Kośa; Kośabhāṣya) gives more details:

Resting on space, there arises below, by the force of the actions of beings, the Circle of wind (vāyumaṇḍala): it is 1,600,000 leagues (yojana) high, immeasurable in circumference, solid (dṛḍha) to the extent of being unable to be cut into by Vajra ‘thunderbolt, or diamond’. Superimposed on the Circle of wind (vāyumaṇḍala), the Circle of waters (abmaṇḍala), 1,120,000 yojanas high. But after a certain time, stirred by the winds that create the power of actions, the water becomes gold (kāñcana) in its upper part, just as boiled milk becomes cream.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Vāyumaṇḍala (वायुमण्डल).—a whirl-wind.

Derivable forms: vāyumaṇḍalam (वायुमण्डलम्).

Vāyumaṇḍala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vāyu and maṇḍala (मण्डल).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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