Kaccha, Kacchā: 17 definitions

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

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.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 62.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

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.

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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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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”.

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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’.

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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.

India history and geogprahy

Source: 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.

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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

Source: 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)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

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

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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: 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

Kaccha (कच्छ).—mfn.

(-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]

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