Dandapani (Sanskrit दण्डपाणि) is a Sanskrit word which literally refers to staff handed, policeman or one holding a staff in his hands. Dandapani is also a name of Yama.
Ancient Sanskrit name Dandapani founds reference in Shatpath-Brahman (शतपथ-ब्राह्मण) and Kathasaritsagar (कथासरित्सागर) where this word means staff handed. Dandapani also founds reference in Haasyarnav (हास्यार्णव) where Dandapani refers to a policeman.
Reference of Dandapani is also found in Shandvinsh-Brahman (षड्विंश-ब्राह्मण) and Bhagvat-Puran in which this is a name of Yama (यम), God of death. This name also founds to be mentioned in Kashi-Khand (काशी खण्ड) and Skand-Puran (स्कन्द-पुराण) where this is the name of a leader of 2 troops of lord Shiva.
As per mentioned in Lalit-Vistara (ललित-विस्तर), Dandapani was the name of the father of Budha's (बुद्ध's) wife Gopa. And it was the name of a Kashi king mentioned in the Padma Purana.
Dandapani is not a popular name in the USA. Dandapani is a bit popular name in India. Here it is adopted by less people as the name of their babies.
Dandapani is a unique name with a unique meaning attached to it. Dandapani has mythological significance attached to it.
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