Kakana, aka: Kākaṇa; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Kākaṇa (काकण):—One of the eighteen types of Kuṣṭha (“skin disease”), according to the Caraka-saṃhitā (cikitsāsthāna), which is an important Sanskrit work dealing with Āyurveda. It is also known by the name Kākaṇaka. This condition of the skin (kuṣṭha) is caused by the corruption of the three doṣas (tridoṣa: vāta, pitta and kapha) which in turn corrupts the skin, blood, muscle and lymph. Kākaṇa-kuṣṭha is characterized by having the color of the seeds of Indian liquorice (guñjā) and is exceedingly painful. It is also incurable. Kākaṇa is caused by a preponderance of Vāta-doṣa (‘bodily air’), Pitta-doṣa (‘bodily bile’) and Kapha-doṣa (‘bodily phlegm’).

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

One of the meanings of kāpala is “fragment of brick or pot”. In thedescription of kāpala-kuṣṭha, skin eruptions are compared to black and red pots herds. The history of black and red-patterned pottery in South Asia, likely created by the inverted position of the vessels in the kiln, is described in Indian Proto history by M.K. Dhavalikar. He states that this type of pottery had a very wide distribution in India throughout the second and first millennia B.C.E.

Source: The University of Texas at Austin: Chapter 7 of the Carakasaṃhitā Cikitsāsthāna
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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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Pali-English dictionary

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Kākaṇa, (nt.) (kā (for kad°) + kaṇa=less than a particle) a coin of very small value Sdhp. 514. (Page 202)

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kākaṇa (काकण).—Leprosy with black and red spots.

Derivable forms: kākaṇam (काकणम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kākaṇa (काकण).—n.

(-ṇaṃ) A leprosy with black and red spots, considered incurable. E. kāka the Gunja berry, deriv. irr. also with kan affix kākaṇaka.

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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