Vriddhika, Vṛddhikā: 6 definitions


Vriddhika 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 Vṛddhikā can be transliterated into English as Vrddhika or Vriddhika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vriddhika in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vṛddhikā (वृद्धिका).—A kind of goblin. It is mentioned in Mahā-Bhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 231, Stanza 16, that once the semen of Śiva fell scattered over the trees and that these goblins were born from that. Human flesh is the food of these goblins. It is said those who want children need only worship these Vṛddhikās.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Vriddhika in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Vṛddhikā (वृद्धिका) refers to an “old woman”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as the Bhagavān teaches the offering manual of the root-heart] “[...] Then very old women come out of the Nāga residence. They say, ‘What are you doing spell-master?’ One should not talk to them. Having struck the ground with a vajra, a ‘phaṭ’ sound should be made. The old woman (vṛddhikā) says passionately, ‘O Sir, I am dying, I am dying’. He enters the residence. [...]”.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vriddhika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vṛddhika (वृद्धिक).—[ Mahāvastu iii.324.3, if reading is correct, name of a tree. But v.l. quoted as mṛddhīkā; probably read mṛdvīkā, vine. Cf. Pali muddikā, AMg. muddiyā.]

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

Vṛddhikā (वृद्धिका).—f.

(-kā) A sort of drug: see vṛddhi. E. kan added to vṛddhi .

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

Vṛddhikā (वृद्धिका):—(kā) 1. f. A sort of drug.

[Sanskrit to German]

Vriddhika in German

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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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