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[ah-nuh n-duh]
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noun Hinduism.
  1. perfect bliss.

Origin of ananda

From the Sanskrit prefix ānanda- joy, happiness


[ah-nuh n-duh]
  1. flourished early 5th century b.c., favorite disciple of Gautama Buddha.
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  • Hear what he says to Ananda, the beloved disciple, who is mourning over Thariputra.

  • When we sent out Devadatta and Ananda, they became attached to the life of a hermit.

    The Buddha

    Paul Carus

  • Ananda is a better boon companion, He is not so morose as Devadatta.S.

    The Buddha

    Paul Carus

  • To this, Ananda promptly replied: “I ask not for caste, but for water.”

    Human Life

    Sherwood Sweet Knight

  • Daranatha asserts that a disciple of Ananda reached Cashmir.

British Dictionary definitions for ananda


  1. 5th century bc, the first cousin, favourite disciple, and personal attendant of the Buddha
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Word Origin and History for ananda


in Hindu theology, "bliss," from Sanskrit ananda- "joy, happiness, bliss," from stem of nandati "he rejoices," of unknown origin.

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