Pañcabāṇa

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pancabana, PaJcabANa, Paycabaana


Pañcabāṇa (‘one who wields five arrows’)

Manmatha, the god of love or lust, is said to discharge five kinds of flowers as arrows from his bow made of sugarcane stalk towards his victims to make them lovelorn. Hence the name (pañca = five, bāṇa = arrow).

See also MANMATHA.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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Pañcabāṇa (‘one who wields five arrows’) Manmatha, the god of love or lust, is said to discharge five kinds of flowers as arrows from his bow made of sugarcane stalk towards his victims to make them lovelorn. Hence the name (pañca = five, bāṇa = arrow). See also MANMATHA.