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An abhidhāna (Sanskrit: अभिधान, IPA: [əbʱid̪ʱɑːn̪ə]) is a kind of dictionary or vocabulary of Sanskrit. Its purpose was to be used as a general guide for lexicography and word choice. Many of these works had been created in India. One of the oldest of them is the Abhidhana ratna - mala, of Halayudha Bhatta of the 7th century.[citation needed] The Abhidhana Chinta-mani of Hema-chandra, a celebrated Jaina writer of the 13th century, is often mentioned as among the best.[citation needed]

The sixty-four kalas (fine arts and crafts) as mentioned by Ancient Indians include "Abhidhana kosa cando jnana" or the use of lexicography and meters as one of them.[citation needed]


  • "History of Sanskrit lexicography" by Madhukar M. Patkar. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1981