Kaikeyi, Kaikeyī, Kaikēyi: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Kaikeyī (कैकेयी).—General information. One of the wives of Daśaratha, who had three wives, Kausalyā, Kaikeyī and Sumitrā. It is mentioned in Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa, Sarga 70, Stanza 28 that Kaikeyī was the sister of Yudhājit, the King of Kekaya. Kekaya was seven days' journey away from Ayodhyā. (See full article at Story of Kaikeyī from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Kaikeyī (कैकेयी).—Wife of Ajamīḍha, a King of the Pūru dynasty. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 95, Stanza 37).

3) Kaikeyī (कैकेयी).—Sudeṣṇā, the wife of the King of Virāṭa was known by the name Kaikeyī also. She was the daughter of Kekaya, the King of Sūta, born of his wife Mālavī. As she was the daughter of Kekaya, she got the name Kaikeyī. (Mahābhārata Virāṭa Parva, Chapter 16). Besides, it is stated in the Purāṇas that all the princesses of the kingdom of Kekaya were called by the name Kaikeyī.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kaikeyī (कैकेयी).—Surname of Bhadrā, a wife of Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 57. 56.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kaikeyī (कैकेयी) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kaikeyī) 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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Kaikeyi is the second wife of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. She gave birth to Bharata, as a result of partaking the sacrificial offering from the Ashwamedha sacrifice performed by her husband for the purpose of obtaining children.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Kaikeyī (कैकेयी): She was the youngest of King Dasaratha's three wives and a queen of Ayodhya. She was the mother of Bharata.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Kaikeyī (कैकेयी) is the mother of Nārāyaṇa: one of the nine black Vāsudevas, according to chapter 1.6 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.—Accordingly: “[...] There will be nine black Vāsudevas, enjoyers of three parts of the earth, with half so much power as the Cakrins. [...] The son of Kaikeyī and Daśaratha, named Nārāyaṇa, in Rājagṛha, in the interval between Muni and Nami, living for twelve thousand years, sixteen bows tall, will go to the third hell at the end of his life”.

2) Kaikeyī (कैकेयी) refers to one of the wifes of Daśaratha, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.4 [Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa].—Accordingly, “[...] Though a child, ruling, King Daśaratha attained growth in age and strength gradually. [...] Daśaratha married in Kamalasaṅkula the daughter of Subandhutilaka and of Queen Mitrā, named Kaikeyī for a first name, with another name, Sumitrā, because she was born of Mitrā and was good-tempered, like the moon marrying Rohiṇī. [...]”.

3) Kaikeyī (कैकेयी) is the daughter of Pṛthvīśrī and king Śubhamati from Kautukamaṅgala, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.4.—Accordingly, “Maithila (Janaka) and Aikṣvāka (Daśaratha) wandering together, united, in the same condition, friends, went to the north country. They heard of a svayaṃvara of Kaikeyī, the daughter of King Śubhamati in the city Kautukamaṅgala, borne by Pṛthvīśrī, sister of Droṇamegha, a depository of the seventy-two arts, and they went to the pavilion. They sat down on the platform in the midst of the kings headed by Harivāhaṇa, like haṃsas on a lotus. [...]”.

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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.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kaikēyī (कैकेयी).—f (S) Proper name of the wife of janaka, or the stepmother of Rama. Hence, appellatively, a shrew, scold, virago.

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

kaikēyī (कैकेयी).—f The wife of daśaratha. Hence ap- pellatively, a shrew, a scold, virago.

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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 dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kaikeyī (कैकेयी):—[from kaikeya > kaikaya] f. the daughter of a prince of the Kekayas (one of the wives of Daśa-ratha and mother of Bharata, [Rāmāyaṇa; Raghuvaṃśa]), [Mahābhārata; Daśakumāra-carita]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kaikeyī (कैकेयी):—(yī) 3. f. One of the wives of Dasharatha, mother of Bharata.

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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.

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Tamil dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kaikeyi in Tamil glossary
Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Kaikēyi (கைகேயி) noun < idem. See கைகேசி. கைகேயி நினைந்த கருத்திதுவோ [kaigesi. kaigeyi ninaintha karuthithuvo] (கம்பராமாயணம் பிராட்டிகளங். [kambaramayanam pirattigalang.] 15).

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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