By Swami Harshananda
Nandana literally means ‘that which gives joy’.
Nandana or Nandanavana is a pleasure garden in Indra’s svargaloka or heaven. Only those who have controlled their senses and practiced ahinsā are eligible to enter it. It is also the name of one of the sons of Hiraṇyakaśipu, the demon-king and father of Prahlāda, the famous devotee of Lord Viṣṇu. He was a devotee of Śiva and ruled over the Svetadvīpa. Later on he was absorbed into Śiva’s retinue.
- Ahinsā means non-violence.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore