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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Dandapani, DanDapAni, Dandapaani

  1. holder of the staff
  2. holder/ disburser of justice or sentence
  3. the father of Gopā, the wife of Gautama Buddha, also referred to as Śākya Dandapāņi (B. Sāhitya); the son of Vibhīnara and father of Nimi (Bg. Pur.); the son of King Paundraka of Kāśi (P. Pur.); a leader of the gaņas of Śiva (Sk. Pur.).