Kadamba, aka: Kadambā, Kādamba; 14 Definition(s)

Introduction

Kadamba means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Kadambā (कदम्बा):—Another name for Saumyā, the Sanskrit name for one of the twenty-four goddesses of the Sūryamaṇḍala, according to the tantric sources called the Śrīmatottara-tantra and the kubjikāmata-tantra.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

Āyurveda (science of life)

1) Kādamba (कादम्ब) is a Sanskrit word referring either to the “grey goose” or to the “whistling teal”. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Āyurvedic literature. The animal Kādamba is part of the sub-group named Ambucārin, refering to animals “which move on waters”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

2) Kadamba (चिर्भट) is a Sanskrit word referring to Neolamarckia cadamba (burflower-tree), a plant species in the Rubiaceae family. Certain plant parts of Kadamba are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The plant is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic value of the plant. The plant has the following commonly used botanical synonym: Nauclea cadamba, Anthocephalus indicus, Anthocephalus chinensis.

According to the Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 9.97), the burflower-tree (kadamba) has 7 synonyms: Vṛttapuṣpa, Surabhi, Lalanāpriya, Kādambarya, Sindhupuṣpa, Madāḍhya and Karṇapūraka. The same work also lists 3 sub-varieties: Dhārākadamba, Dhūlikadamba and Bhūmikadamba.

Properties according to the Caraka-saṃhitā: Kadamba is non-slimy, heavy, cold and channel-blocking.

Properties according to the Rājanighaṇṭu: Kadamba is pungent, bitter, astringent and subsides vitiated vāta. This is cooling and alleviates the pain caused by pitta and kapha. It improves the quantitative uality of semen.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Kādamba (कादम्ब)—Sanskrit word for a bird Anser indicus or Anser anser (“black”). This animal is from the group called Plava (‘those which float’ or ‘those move about in large flocks’). Plava itself is a sub-group of the group of animals known as Ānupa (those that frequent marshy places).

(Source): archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I
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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.

Dharmaśāstra (religious law)

Kadamba (कदम्ब) is a Sanskrit word, identified with Nauclea cadamba by various scholars in their translation of the Śukranīti. This tree is mentioned as bearing good fruits. The King should plant such domestic plants in and near villages. He should nourish them by stoole of goats, sheep and cows, water as well as meat.

The following is an ancient Indian recipe for such nourishment of trees:

According to Śukranīti 4.4.105-109: “The trees (such as kadamba) are to be watered in the morning and evening in summer, every alternate day in winter, in the fifth part of the day (i.e., afternoon) in spring, never in the rainy season. If trees have their fruits destroyed, the pouring of cold water after being cooked together with Kulutha, Māṣa (seeds), Mudga (pulse), Yava (barley) and Tila (oil seed) would lead to the growth of flowers and fruits. Growth of trees can be helped by the application of water with which fishes are washed and cleansed.”

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmaśāstra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharma-shastra) is a category of Hindu literature containing important instructions regarding religious law, ethics, economics, jurisprudence and more. It is categorised as smṛti, an important and authorative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī gives the following information about Vṛndāvana's trees: The kadamba proper has smaller flowers and a very pleasant fragrance. (Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.30.9).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Kadamba, Kadambaka - The river that flows past Anuradhapura, on the eastern side, now called the Malvatu Oya (Mhv.vii.43; and Trs.58, n.3). Near the river was the Nivatta cetiya (Mhv.xv.10). The river ford, the Gangalatittha (MT.361), formed the beginning of the boundary line of the sima of the Mahavihara, and this line also ended at the river bank (Mhv.xv.191). The road from Anuradhapura to Cetiyagiri lay across the Kadamba nadi, and pious kings, such as Maha Dathika Maha Naga, spread carpets from the river up to the mountain so that pilgrims could wash their feet in the river and approach the mountain shrines with clean feet (Mhv.xxxiv.78).

The road from the Kadamba river to Thuparama passed through the Rajamatudvara (SA.i.173). Moggallana II. dammed up the river among the mountains and thus formed three tanks, the Pattapasanavapi, the Dhanavapi, and the Garitara (Cv.xli.61), and Udaya II. built a weir for the overflow of the river (Cv.li.130).

In the time of Kakusandha Buddha, the capital of Ceylon, Abhayanagara, lay to the east of Kadambanadi (Mhv.xv.59; Dpv.xv.39; xvii.12; see also Mbv.120, 134f).

See also Kalamba.

2. Kadamba - A mountain near Himava. Seven Pacceka Buddhas once lived there. Ap.ii.382.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

Pali

kadamba : (m.) the tree Nauclea Cordiforlia. || kādamba (m.), a kind of goose with grey wings.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Kādamba, (cp. Sk. kādamba) a kind of goose with grey wings J. V, 420; VvA. 163. (Page 203)

2) Kadamba, (cp. Sk. kadamba) the kadamba tree, Nauclea cordifolia (with orange-coloured, fragrant blossoms) J. VI, 535, 539; Vism. 206; DhA. I, 309 (°puppha); Mhvs 25, 48 (id.). (Page 185)

(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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Kadamba (कदम्ब) is the name of a gandharva god according to both the Digambara and the Śvetāmbara traditions. The gandharvas refer to a category of vyantaras gods which represents one of the four classes of celestial beings (devas). The gandharvas have a golden appearance according to the Digambaras and the Tumbaru tree is their caitya-vṛkṣa (sacred-tree). They have a blackish complexion and are beautiful in appearance, have excellent physiognomy, sweet voices and are adorned with crowns and neckalces according to the Śvetāmbaras.

The deities such as Kadamba are defined in ancient Jain cosmological texts such as the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapaṇṇati by Yativṛṣabha (5th century) in the Digambara tradition.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Jainism

Kadamba (कदम्ब) refers to a kind of tree (vṛkṣa) commonly found in the forests (vaṇa) of ancient India, mentioned in the Uvavāiya-sutta (sanksrit: Aupapātika-sūtra). Forests have been a significant part of the Indian economy since ancient days. They have been considered essential for economic development in as much as, besides bestowing many geographical advantages, they provide basic materials for building, furniture and various industries. The most important forest products are wood and timber which have been used by the mankind to fulfil his various needs—domestic, agricultural and industrial.

Different kinds of trees (eg., the Kadamba tree) provided firewood and timber. The latter was used for furniture, building materials, enclosures, staircases, pillars, agricultural purposes, e. g. for making ploughs, transportation e. g. for making carts, chariots, boats, ships, and for various industrial needs. Vaṇa-kamma was an occupation dealing in wood and in various otherforest products. Iṅgāla-kamma was another occupation which was concerned with preparing charcoal from firewood.

(Source): archive.org: Economic Life In Ancient India (as depicted in Jain canonical literature)
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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 geogprahy

Kadamba is the name of a nadī (river) that existed in the ancient kingdom of Anurādhapura, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—The Kadamba-nadī (present Malvatta Oya) is also called Kalamba and Kolom Oya and on its banks was the Kalambatittha or Galambatittha-vihāra existing in the 1st century: Vasabha (67-111) improved the vihāra and built a tank to irrigate 1,000 karisas.

(Source): archive.org: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Kadamba is the name of a tree mentioned in the Kathasaritsagara by Somadeva (10th century A.D).—A big and expanding Kadamba tree is mentioned.

Somadeva mentions many rich forests, gardens, various trees (eg., Kadamba), creepers medicinal and flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees in the Kathasaritsagara. Travel through the thick, high, impregnable and extensive Vindhya forest is a typical feature of many travel-stories. Somadeva’s writing more or less reflects the life of the people of Northern India during the 11th century. His Kathasaritsagara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kadamba, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravahanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyadharas (celestial beings).

(Source): Shodhganga: Cultural history as g leaned from kathasaritsagara
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

kadamba (कदंब).—m S A tree, Nauclea cadamba. 2 Mustard seed plant, Sinapis dichotoma. 3 A pole of the Ecliptic. 4 A multitude or assemblage. Ex. phirōni pāhatā tayā strīkadambī || hari dēkhilā vakradṛṣṭi kadambī ||

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kadamba (कदंब).—m A tree. A multitude.

(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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