Kaccha, Kacchā: 25 definitions
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Alternative spellings of this word include Kachchha.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Agriculture: A Survey
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.
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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Kaccha (कच्छ).—(c)—a western country.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 62.
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.
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.
Kavya (poetry)Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa
Kaccha (कच्छ) refers to “marsh” or “marshy ground” (in kacchatṛṇa) and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 8.101. Kaccha can also refer to “grass growing on watery soil” (in kaccharuhā) as mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 5.7 and explained by Nārāyaṇa as “a flowering creeper”; or “Dūrvā grass”.
Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira
Kaccha (कच्छ) (Cf. Kucca) refers to a country belonging to “Dakṣiṇa or Dakṣiṇadeśa (southern division)” classified under the constellations of Uttaraphālguni, Hasta and Citrā, according to the system of Kūrmavibhāga, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 14), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The countries of the Earth beginning from the centre of Bhāratavarṣa and going round the east, south-east, south, etc., are divided into 9 divisions corresponding to the 27 lunar asterisms at the rate of 3 for each division and beginning from Kṛttikā. The constellations of Uttaraphālguni, Hasta and Citrā represent the southern division consisting of [i.e., Kaccha] [...]”.
Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism
Kaccha is a Sanskrit term referring to male garments (of the body).Source: archive.org: Indian Historical Quarterly Vol. 7
Kaccha (कच्छ) is the name of a country classified as Kādi (a type of Tantrik division), according to the 13th century Sammoha-tantra (fol. 7).—There are ample evidences to prove that the zone of heterodox Tantras went far beyond the natural limits of India. [...] The zones in the Sammoha-tantra [viz., Kaccha] are here fixed according to two different Tantrik modes, known as Kādi and Hādi.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra
1) Kaccha (कच्छ) refers to one of the four thousand kings who took initiaiton (i.e., the vow of mendicancy), according to chapter 1.3 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.
Accordingly, “[...] Opposed by friends, hindered by relatives, and restrained even by the Lord of Bharata again and again, recalling the former wonderful favor of the Master, unable to bear separation from his lotus-feet like bees, abandoning sons, wives, and sovereignty as easily as a straw, saying resolutely, ‘Whatever may be the Master’s course, that alone is ours’, four thousand kings, Kaccha, Mahākaccha, etc., joyfully took initiation. For that is the proper conduct of servants”.
2) Kaccha (कच्छ) is the name of a northern province situated in East-Videha in Jambūdvīpa which is situated in the “middle world” (madhyaloka), according to chapter 2.2.—Accordingly, “[...] East of the Devakurus and Uttarakurus, they are called East Videhas, and to the west, West Videhas, like different countries to each other. In each, there are 16 provinces, inaccessible to each other, separated by rivers and mountains, suitable to be conquered by a Cakrin. Kaccha, [among others] are the northern provinces of East Videha. [...]”.
Note: Kaccha is an ancient Mleccha country once conquered by king Bharata, as mentioned in chapter 1.4.—Accordingly, after king Bharata instructed his general Suṣeṇa to conquer the southern district of the Sindhu: “[...] Wishing to conquer the whole southern district of the Sindhu the general advanced like the ocean at the end of the world. [...] Proceeding in a bold and splendid progress without hindrance, he crossed the whole Kaccha-country, like the sun the sky. [...] Then Mleccha-kings approached the general with various gifts as wives approach their husbands with devotion. The general [Suṣeṇa] gave the Cakrin [Bharata] all the tribute taken from the Mlecchas [viz., Kaccha] which resembled a pregnancy-whim of the creepers of fame”.
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
India history and geographySource: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Kaccha.—(Ep. Ind., Vol. XIV, p. 177), a field bordering on a stream; land near a well (Ep. Ind., Vol XXXIV, p. 175, line 15). (EI 22), a resolution. Note: kaccha is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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.
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
kaccha : (m.; nt.) 1. marshy land; 2. armpit. || kacchā (f.), loin-clothe; a belt for an elephant.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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; explained 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.
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)
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.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
kaccha (कच्छ).—m The tuck of a dhōtara, &c.; a tortoise.
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Kaccha (कच्छ).—1 Bank, margin, skirt, bordering region (whether near water or not); यमुनाकच्छमवतीर्णः (yamunākacchamavatīrṇaḥ) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1; गन्धमादनकच्छोऽध्यासितः (gandhamādanakaccho'dhyāsitaḥ) V.5; Śiśupālavadha 3.8; Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 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); Mahābhārata (Bombay) 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Kaccha (कच्छ).—(Sanskrit kakṣa, kakṣā, MIndic and Sanskrit Lex. kaccha, kacchā, at least in mgs. 1, 2), (1) arm-pit: Mahāvastu ii.124.3 kacchehi svedā muktā; (2) hem of (lower) garment: Mahāvastu iii.13.3 kacchaṃ bandhitvā (Pali id.), girding himself (for action, by tying the undergarment at the waist); (3) in nikkaṭa-kacchā Mahāvastu ii.87.17 (see nikkaṭa), possibly edge (of a needle)? One expects the meaning point, but I find no evidence for it. The allegation that Pali kaccha means arrow ([Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary]) seems unfounded.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-cchaḥ-cchā-cchaṃ) Contiguous to water, (land, &c.) m.
(-cchaḥ) 1. Marshy ground, a marsh, a morass. 2. Ground bordering water or watery soil, as the bank of a river, the margin of a lake or tank, a mound or causeway, &c. 3. Level land skirting mountains. 4. A tree, the timber of which is used for making furniture, &c. commonly Tun, (Cedrela Tuna, Rox.) 5. Another tree, (Hibiscus Populneoides.) 6. A part of a boat. mf.
(-cchaḥ-cchā) The hem of a garment tucked into the waistband: see kakṣa. f.
(-cchā) 1. A plant, (Lycopodium imbricatum, Rox.) See vārāhī. 2. A cricket. E. ka water, cho to cut or break, ka affix; or kac to bind, cha aff.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kaccha (कच्छ).— (a form of kakṣa, q. cf.), m. and n. A shore or bank, land contiguous to water, [Pañcatantra] 8, 17.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kaccha (कच्छ).—[masculine] the margin of a river or lake; marshy or watery ground.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Kaccha (कच्छ):—mfn. a bank or any ground bordering on water, shore;
2) cf. [Zend] kasha, voura-kaSa, the ‘wide-shored’, the Caspian Sea; cf. kakṣa
3) a mound or causeway
4) watery soil, marshy ground, marsh, morass, [Mahābhārata; Meghadūta; Pañcatantra]
5) Name of several places e.g. Cutch, [Pāṇini; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]
6) Cedrela Toona (the timber of which is used for making furniture etc.), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
7) Hibiscus Populneoides, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
8) a particular part of a tortoise, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
9) a particular part of a boat, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
10) m. [plural] Name of a people ([varia lectio] for kakṣa), [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]
11) mf. the hem or end of a lower garment (tucked into the girdle or waistband), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.,] (probably a Prākṛt form for kakṣa)
12) Kacchā (कच्छा):—[from kaccha] f. a cricket, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
13) [v.s. ...] Name of a plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
14) [v.s. ...] girdle, girth ([varia lectio] for kakṣā), [Nīlakaṇṭha on Mahābhārata] ([edition] [Bombay edition]) iv, 13, 22.
15) Kāccha (काच्छ):—mfn. and kācchaka ([from] kaccha) being on the bank of a river (not applicable to human beings), [Pāṇini 4-2, 133 and 134]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kaccha (कच्छ):—(cchaḥ) 1. m. A bank; the Tūn tree; part of a boat; a share; hem of a garment. f. cchā A plant (Lycopodium Imbricatum); a cricket. a. Contiguous to water.Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)
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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.
Prakrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary
1) Kaccha (कच्छ) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Kakṣa.
2) Kaccha (कच्छ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kaccha.
3) Kaccha (कच्छ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kaccha.
4) Kacchā (कच्छा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kakṣā.
5) Kacchā (कच्छा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kacchā.
Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
1) [noun] the hem or end of a dhōti or a sari tucked into the waist-band.
2) [noun] a track of land that is swampy or boggy.
3) [noun] the sloping edge of land by a river; a river-bank.
4) [noun] a part of a boat.
5) [noun] the tree Lagerstroemia lanceolata of Lythraceae family.
6) [noun] its hard wood,used for furniture and agricultural implements.
7) [noun] the tree Cedrela toona of Meliaceae family with soft, close-grained, reddish wood used in furniture; toona.
8) [noun] the plant Lycopodium imbricatum.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with (+38): Kacchabandhana, Kacchabha, Kacchabhi, Kacchabhu, Kacchachi, Kacchadabbha, Kacchadesha, Kacchadi, Kacchagavai, Kacchaha, Kacchahara, Kacchaja, Kacchaka, Kacchaka Tittha, Kacchakadaha, Kacchakatittha, Kacchakavati, Kacchaki, Kacchakshurika, Kacchalamkara.
Ends with (+16): Anukaccha, Bakakaccha, Bhanukaccha, Bharakaccha, Bharukaccha, Bhirukaccha, Bhrigukaccha, Brigukaccha, Caitrakaccha, Darukaccha, Datakaccha, Dhammasakaccha, Dravidakaccha, Erakaccha, Gopalakaccha, Hastikaccha, Kanakaccha, Kaushikikaccha, Kurukaccha, Mahakaccha.
Full-text (+103): Mahakaccha, Kacchabhu, Kaccharuha, Kacchanta, Accha, Marukaccha, Kacchapa, Kacchiya, Kacchaka, Kaksha, Muktakaccha, Utkaccha, Kacchadesha, Nikkata, Kacchatika, Darukaccha, Kaccheshvara, Kacchaloma, Kacchadi, Lanja.
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