Homakunda, aka: Hōmakuṇḍa, Homakuṇḍa, Homa-kunda; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Homakuṇḍa (होमकुण्ड).—The pit for making offerings during yajñas. Rules about making the pit are described in chapter 24 of the Agni Purāṇa as follows:—

First, demarcate a piece of ground one yard square with thread and dig it one yard deep. After leaving two aṃgulas (inches) space on all the four sides of the pit make three divisions in it. The three divisions should be 12"x8" and 4" deep; the inner division 12" deep, the middle one 8" and the one outside of it 4" deep. All the three divisions should be four feet in width. The above three divisions are called Satvamekhalā, Rajomekhala and Tāmasamekhalā, and this is the pit, viz. Homakuṇḍa. On the western side of it a yoni (receptacle) 10x15 aṃgulas should be made. Its depth should gradually decrease in the descending order 6, 4, 2 aṃgulas. In shape the yoni will be of the shape of the peepal leaf. (Yoni is that of Śakti; the Kuṇḍa is her stomach. The conception about Śakti is that of a woman lying on her back, head towards the east.). The priest performs the rites, himself seated to the west of the yoni and his head turned to the east.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

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hōmakuṇḍa (होमकुंड).—n S The hole or receptacle for the sacred fire of an oblation. hōmakuṇḍīṃ ghālaṇēṃ -ṭākaṇēṃ -dēṇēṃ To cast into some grievous trouble, into the furnace or hot fire of adversity or affliction. Also -paḍaṇēṃ or sāmpaḍaṇēṃ To fall into &c.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

hōmakuṇḍa (होमकुंड).—n The hole for the sacred fire of an oblation.

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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Homakuṇḍa (होमकुण्ड).—a hole in the ground for receiving the consecrated fire.

Derivable forms: homakuṇḍam (होमकुण्डम्).

Homakuṇḍa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms homa and kuṇḍa (कुण्ड).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Homakuṇḍa (होमकुण्ड).—n.

(-ṇḍaṃ) A hole in the ground or an altar, for receiving the fire for an oblation. E. homa burnt-offering, and kuṇḍa a hole.

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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