Andhakupa, aka: Andhakūpa, Andha-kupa; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Andhakūpa (अन्धकूप).—In the Devī Bhāgavata Mahāviṣṇu describes 28 hells to Nārada, and Andhakūpam is one of them. (see Naraka). Andhakūpa is reserved for those who kill either Brahmins or devotees of God or Sannyāsins (holy people). This hell abounds in cruel beasts like the bear and leopard, evil birds like the eagle, reptiles like the snake and scorpion and dirty insects like bugs and mosquitos. The sinner will have to put up with all these sufferings in hell till the period of his punishment expires. (Devī Bhāgavata, Aṣṭama Skandha).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Andhakūpa (अन्धकूप).—One of the 28 hells. Those who do not follow the prescribed course of life and who have no sympathy for the sufferings they inflict on others are subject to affliction in this hell.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 26. 7 and 17.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Andhakūpa (अन्धकूप) refers to one of the thirty hells (naraka) mentioned in the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa 8.21 (on the narrative of hells). The hells are destinations where dead beings brought by messengers of Yama (the God of the Pitṛs), and get punished by him according to their karmas and faults.

The Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa or Śrīmad-devī-bhāgavatam (mentioning Andhakūpa), is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, a type of Sanskrit literature containing cultural information on ancient India, religious/spiritual prescriptions and a range of topics concerning the various arts and sciences. The whole text is composed of 18,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 6th century.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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andhakūpa (अंधकूप).—m (S) A blind well; a well filled up with rubbish or of which the mouth is hidden. 2 The name of a hell.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

andhakūpa (अंधकूप).—m A blind well; the name of a hell.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Andhakūpa (अन्धकूप).—[andhayatītyandhaḥ, andhaḥ kūpaḥ]

1) a well, the mouth of which is hidden; a well overgrown with plants &c.

2) [andhasya dṛṣṭayabhāvasya kūpa iva] mental darkness, infatuation.

3) Name of a hell, to which those who tease and kill harmless creatures are condemned.

Derivable forms: andhakūpaḥ (अन्धकूपः).

Andhakūpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms andha and kūpa (कूप).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Andhakūpa (अन्धकूप).—m.

(-paḥ) A blind well. E. andha, and kūpa a well: one of which the mouth is hidden.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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