Wisdom Library Logo

Kacchapa, 3 Definition(s)


Kacchapa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism


1a) Kacchapa (कच्छप).—A son of Viśvāmitra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 66. 69; Vāyu-purāṇa 91. 97; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 7. 38.

1b) A Nāga.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 73.

1c) One of the eight nidhis of Kubera.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 10.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
context information

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism


kacchapa : (m.) a turtle; tortoise.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kacchapa, (Sk. kacchapa, dial. fr. *kaśyapa, orig. Ep of kumma, like magga of paṭipadā) a tortoise, turtle S. IV, 177 (kummo kacchapo); in simile of the blind turtle (kāṇo k.) M. III, 169=S. V, 455; Th. 2, 500 (cp. J. P. T. S. 1907, 73, 174). -f. kacchapinī a female t. Miln. 67.

—lakkhaṇa “tortoise-sign, ” i.e. fortune-telling on the ground of a tortoise being found in a painting or an ornament; a superstition included in the list of tiracchāna-vijjā D. I, 9≈; DA. I, 94. —loma “tortoise-hair, ” i.e. an impossibility, absurdity J. III, 477, cp. sasavisāṇa; °maya made of t. hair J. III, 478. (Page 175)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English DictionaryPali book cover
context information

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.

Relevant definitions

Search found 13 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Kacchapa Jataka
Kacchapa, (Sk. kacchapa, dial. fr. *kaśyapa, orig. Ep of kumma, like magga of paṭipadā) a torto...
Gajakacchapa (गजकच्छप) is found as a sculpture at the temple of Lokeśvara, north entrance, east...
Kūrma (कूर्म) refers to one of the many varieties of the Śālagrāma (ammonite fossil stones).—Th...
Nidhi (निधि).—The nine “treasures” (nidhi) with which a Cakravartī is endowed, are, accordin to...
kaṇa (कण).—m (S) A particle, an atom, a minute bit. 2 The spark or facet of a gem. 3 A grain (o...
Kumma, (Vedic kūrma) a tortoise S. IV, 177 (+kacchapa); M. I, 143; J. V, 489; Miln. 363, 408...
Koṇḍañña, a well-known gotta J. II, 360. (Page 228)
kasāva (कसाव).—m A butcher. kasāyalā gāya dhārajiṇī Always it is the crooked and harsh ways tha...
Kumma Sutta
Kumma, (Vedic kūrma) a tortoise S. IV, 177 (+kacchapa); M. I, 143; J. V, 489; Miln. 363, 408...
Bahubhani Jataka
Evidently another name (given in DhA.iv.92) for the Kacchapa Jataka (No.215).
A cave in the region of the Himalaya, according to one description (J.ii.176; but see J.v.357...
A monastery in Ceylon. Jetthatissa III. gave the village of Ambilapika for the supply of food...
1. Kokalika (Kokaliya) - A monk, one of the chief partisans of Devadatta. Knowing the Buddh...

Relevant text

Search found books containing Kacchapa. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:

- Was this explanation helpful? Leave a comment:

Make this page a better place for research and define the term yourself in your own words.

You have to be a member in order to post comments. Click here to login or click here to become a member.