Candrakanti, Candra-kanti, Candrakāntī, Candrakānti: 5 definitions



Candrakanti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chandrakanti.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Candrakāntī (चन्द्रकान्ती) is the name of a beautiful damsel (kanyā), with black curly hair and red lips, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 92. Candrakāntī (and other innumerable ladies) arose out of the agitation of Vaiṣṇavī while she was doing penance at Viśālā. For these young women, Vaiṣṇavī created the city Devīpura, containing numerous mansions with golden balconies, crystal stairs and water fountains, with jewelled windows and gardens.

Vaiṣṇavī is the form of Trikalā having a red body representing the energy of Viṣṇu. Trikalā is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous (C) next»] — Candrakanti in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

candrakāntī (चंद्रकांती).—a Fabled to be made of candrakānta;--used of spectacles &c.

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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 dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Candrakānti (चन्द्रकान्ति).—f. moon-light. -n. silver.

Derivable forms: candrakāntiḥ (चन्द्रकान्तिः).

Candrakānti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms candra and kānti (कान्ति).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Candrakānti (चन्द्रकान्ति):—[=candra-kānti] [from candra > cand] f. the brilliancy or lustre of the moon, moonlight, [Horace H. Wilson]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of the moon’s disc on the ninth day, [Brahma-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a hero of Kālikā, [Vīracarita xxx.]

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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 (even English!). 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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