Kaccha, aka: Kacchā; 9 Definition(s)

Introduction

Kaccha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, 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 Kachchha.

In Hinduism

Itihasa (narrative history)

[Kaccha in Itihasa glossaries]

Kaccha (कच्छ) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.55) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kaccha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Purana

[Kaccha in Purana glossaries]

Kaccha (कच्छ).—(c)—a western country.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 62.
(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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Ayurveda (science of life)

[Kaccha in Ayurveda glossaries]

Kaccha (कच्छ) refers to “land contiguous to water” and represents one of the twelve types of lands mentioned in the Amarakoṣa and classified according to fertility of the soil, irrigation and physical characteristics. Agriculture (kṛṣi) is frequently mentioned in India’s ancient literature.

(Source): Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Agriculture: A Survey
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Kaccha in Hinduism glossaries]

Kaccha is a Sanskrit term referring to male garments (of the body).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

India history and geogprahy

[Kaccha in India history glossaries]

Kaccha (कच्छ) refers to a name-ending for place-names according to Pāṇini VI.2.126. Pāṇini also cautions his readers that the etymological meaning of place-names should not be held authoritative since the name should vanish when the people leave the place who gave their name to it.

(Source): archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Kaccha in Pali glossaries]

kaccha : (m.; nt.) 1. marshy land; 2. armpit. || kacchā (f.), loin-clothe; a belt for an elephant.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Kacchā, 2 (f.) & kaccha (m. nt.) (Derivation unknown, cp. Sk. kakṣa & kakṣā, Lat. coxa, Ohg. hahsa); the armpit Vin. I, 15 (addasa ... kacche vīṇaṃ ... aññissā kacche ālambaraṃ); S. I, 122=Sn. 449 (sokaparetassa vīṃā kacchā abhassatha); It. 76 (kacchehi sedā muccanti: sweat drops from their armpits); J. V, 434=DhA. IV, 197 (thanaṃ dasseti k°ṃ dass° nābhiṃ dass°); J. V, 435 (thanāni k° āni ca dassayantī; expld on p. 437 by upakacchaka); VI, 578. The phrase parūḷha-kaccha-nakhaloma means “with long-grown finger-nails and long hair in the armpit, ” e.g. S. I, 78.

—loma (kaccha°) hair growing in the armpit Miln. 163 (should probably be read parūḷha-k. -nakha-l. , as above). (Page 175)

2) Kacchā, 1 (f.) (derivation unknown, cp. Sk. kakṣā, Lat. cohus, incohare & see details under gaha1) 1. enclosure, denoting both the enclosing and the enclosed, i.e. wall or room: see kacchantara. -2. an ornament for head & neck (of an elephant), veilings, ribbon Vv 219=699 (=gīveyyaka VvA); J. IV, 395 (kacchaṃ nāgānaṃ bandhatha gīveyyaṃ paṭimuñcatha). 3. belt, loin- or waist-cloth (cp. next) Vin. II, 319; J. V, 306 (=saṃvelli); Miln. 36; DhA. I, 389. (Page 175)

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1) Kaccha, 2 (adj.) (ger. of kath) fit to be spoken of A. I, 197 (Com. =kathetuṃ yutta). akaccha ibid. (Page 175)

2) Kaccha, 1 (nt.) (cp. Sk. kaccha, prob. dial. ) 1. marshy land, marshes; long grass, rush, reed S. I, 52 (te hi sotthiṃ gamissanti kacche vāmakase magā), 78 (parūḷha k-nakha-lomā with nails and hair like long-grown grass, cp. same at J. III, 315 & Sdhp. 104); J. V, 23 (carāmi kacchāni vanāni ca); VI, 100 (parūḷha-kacchā tagarā); Sn. 20 (kacche rūḷhatiṇe caranti gāvo); SnA 33 (pabbata° opp. to nadī°, mountain, & river marshes). Kern (Toev. II. 139) doubts the genuineness of the phrase parūḷha°.—2. an arrow (made of reed) M. I, 429 (kaṇḍo ... yen’amhi viddho yadi vā kacchaṃ yadi vā ropiman ti). (Page 175)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

[Kaccha in Marathi glossaries]

kaccha (कच्छ).—m The tuck of a dhōtara, &c.; a tortoise.

(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

[Kaccha in Sanskrit glossaries]

Kaccha (कच्छ).—1 Bank, margin, skirt, bordering region (whether near water or not); यमुनाकच्छमवतीर्णः (yamunākacchamavatīrṇaḥ) Pt.1; गन्धमादनकच्छोऽध्यासितः (gandhamādanakaccho'dhyāsitaḥ) V.5; Śi.3.8; Māl.9.16.

2) A marsh, morass, fen. 'जलप्रायमनूपं स्यात्पुंसि कच्छस्तथाविधः (jalaprāyamanūpaṃ syātpuṃsi kacchastathāvidhaḥ)' Nm.

3) The hem of the lower garment tucked into the waistband; see कक्षा (kakṣā).

4) A part of boat.

5) A particular part of a tortoise (in kacchapa).

6) A tree, the timber of which is used for making furniture of (tunna, Mar. nāṃdurakī); Mb.1.7.21.

7) A populous region.

-cchā 1 A cricket.

2) The plant Lycopodium Imbricatum (vārāhī).

Derivable forms: kacchaḥ (कच्छः).

See also (synonyms): kacha.

(Source): DDSA: The practical 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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