Yatudhana, aka: Yātudhāna, Yatu-dhana; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Itihasa (narrative history)

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Yātudhāna (यातुधान) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.6, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Yātudhāna) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Yātudhāna (यातुधान).—One of the sons of Kaśyapa and Surasā. All Rākṣasas who were born in this family are known as "Yātudhānas".

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Yātudhāna (यातुधान).—The father of Jantudhāna; had ten sons, all Rākṣasas, and followers of the Śun god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 86-90; 8. 61; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 128; 75. 45.

1b) Evil spirits hurting children;1 rushed to devour Manu engaged in meditation;2 put to flight by Kṛṣṇa;3 freedom by association with the wise;4 one of the three Rākṣasa clans moving about in the day time and ruining the śrāddha.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 10. 39; VI. 8. 25; X. 6. 27; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 16; 52. 5; 66. 118.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 1. 17.
  • 3) Ib. X. 63. 10.
  • 4) Ib. XI. 12. 3.
  • 5) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 97; 8. 61; 11. 81.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Yātudhāna (यातुधान) in the Rigveda and later denotes a ‘sorcerer’, ‘wizard’, or ‘magician’. The sense of the Rigveda is clearly unfavourable to sorcery. The feminine, Yātudhānī, is also found in the Rigveda and later.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Yātudhāna (यातुधान) is another name for Jātudhāna: protector deity of the south-western cremation ground.—Jātudhāna also appears as Yātudhāna, a kind of evil spirit or demon responsible for sorcery or withcraft (yātu). He is described in the Śmaśānavidhi 16 and Adbhutaśmaśānālaṃkāra as blue-black (nīla), standing on a corpse, holding sword and skull bowl, naked, with men’s skulls on his head as a chaplet.

Source: Google Books: Vajrayogini
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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-English dictionary

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Yātudhāna (यातुधान).—an evil spirit, a demon; निघातयिष्यन् युधि यातुधानान् (nighātayiṣyan yudhi yātudhānān) Bk.2.21; R.12.45.

Derivable forms: yātudhānaḥ (यातुधानः).

Yātudhāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yātu and dhāna (धान).

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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