Kacchapa, aka: Kācchapa, Kaccha-pa; 10 Definition(s)


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

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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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 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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Kacchapa (कच्छप) refers to one of the 23 types of dohā metres (a part of mātrā type) described in the 1st chapter of the Vṛttamauktika by Candraśekhara (17th century): author of many metrical compositions and the son of Lakṣmīnātha Bhaṭṭa and Lopāmudrā.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Kacchapa (कच्छप) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Kacchapī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Jalacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the jalacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the saṃbhoga-puṭa (‘enjoyment layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Kacchapa] are white in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife..

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

Kacchapa.—cf. sa-matsya-kacchapa (IE 8-5); tortoise; see jala- kara. Note: kacchapa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

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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.

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

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kacchapa (कच्छप).—m (S) A tortoise or a turtle. 2 Used for kacch, as kacchapīṃ lāgaṇēṃ g. of o. To dangle after; to dance attendance or to be dependent upon;--used of persons: to fall unto; to become incumbent upon, grievous unto &c.;--used of things or matters.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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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Kācchapa (काच्छप).—a. Relating or belonging to a tortoise; कृत्वा वपुः काच्छपमद्भुतं महत् (kṛtvā vapuḥ kācchapamadbhutaṃ mahat) Bhāg.8.7.8.

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Kacchapa (कच्छप).—

- f.)

Derivable forms: kacchapaḥ (कच्छपः).

Kacchapa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kaccha and pa (प). See also (synonyms): kachapa.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kacchapā (कच्छपा).—n. of a river: Māy 253.3. In list of rivers, placed between Narmadā and Payoṣṇī.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kacchapa (कच्छप).—m.

(-paḥ) 1. A turtle, a tortoise. 2. One of Kuvera'S Nid'his or treasures. 2. An attitude in wrestling. 4. A flat kind of still. f. (-pī) 1. A female tortoise, also a small one. 2. A kind of lute, also the lute of Saraswati. 3. A cutaneous disease, wart or blotch. E. kaccha a morass, and pa who cherishes, who inhabits watery places: the lute, &c. are so named from being similar in shape to the tortoise.

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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