Caṇḍa

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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Canda, CaNDa, Canda


  1. angry; wrathful; violent
  2. passionate; intense
  3. another name for Śiva; an attendant of Śiva and Yama (A. Kośa); an asura who was the brother of Munḍa and was killed by Durgā with the help of Cāmuṇḍā (D. Sapta.) (fem: caņḍā): another name for Durgā; the regional goddess who is a tutelary deity of Bengal (see: caṇḍī) and Mysore; and attendant of the 12th Jaina Arhat of the present Avasarpiņī (Hc. Kośa); the flowering plant Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium).