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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Danda, DanDa, Danda

  1. stick; staff; pole; stem; sceptre
  2. punishment
  3. punishment personified as the son of Dharma and Kriyā; a son of Ikşvāku; the son of King Vidanda and brother of King Dandadhara of Magadha (M. Bh.); a Cedi warrior who fought for the Pāndavas in the Bharata War; a rākşasa who was the son of Sumāli and Ketumatī (U. Rām.); an attendant of the Sun God; another name for Yama.