Cudakarma, aka: Cūḍākarma, Cuda-karma, Cūḍakarma; 4 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Chudakarma.

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Cūḍākarma (चूडाकर्म):—This is the ceremony performed for the cutting of the hair of child for the first time. According to Manusaṃhitā, the rite of tonsure is compulsory for all the children of twice born class. Purpose of the rite is to obtain virtue. It is performed in the age of first or third years as ordained by the Śruti.

We find various terms for this rite in the law book. These are cauḍa, cūḍākarma, cūḍākaraṇa. The word cūḍā means śikhā. By this ceremony the child keeps śikhā or lock or tuft of hair. Manu, though silent on the word śikhā, has used the term cūḍākarma to mean the ceremony. Here the use of the cūḍā by our lawgiver is suggestive of the practice of the same in the said rite.

Source: Shodhganga: Facts of society in the Manusamhita
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Cūḍakarma (चूडकर्म).—Of children.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 13. 5.
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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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cūḍākarma (चूडाकर्म).—n (S) Tonsure of the head of a child to form the cūḍā or śēṇḍī.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

cūḍākarma (चूडाकर्म).—n Tonsure of the head of a child to form the cūḍā.

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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