Kalahamsa, Kalahaṃsa, Kala-hamsa, Kalahaṃsā: 15 definitions
Kalahamsa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Kalahaṃsa (कलहंस).—Sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭri and Garuḍa.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 457.
Kalahaṃsa (कलहंस) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.60.56) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kalahaṃsa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Manblunder: Saundaryalaharī
Kalahaṃsa (कलहंस).—The swans (haṃsa) in Mahā-kailāsa represent purified mind and hence they are known as kalahaṃsas. Kalahaṃsa means Brahman without any attributes or Nirguṇa Brahman.
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
1) Kalahaṃsā (कलहंसा) is the alternative name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) mentioned by Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Kalahaṃsā corresponds to Drutapadā, Mukhara. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.
2) Kalahaṃsā (कलहंसा) refers to one of the 135 metres (chandas) mentioned by Nañjuṇḍa (1794-1868 C.E.) in his Vṛttaratnāvalī. Nañjuṇḍa was a poet of both Kannada and Sanskrit literature flourished in the court of the famous Kṛṣṇarāja Woḍeyar of Mysore. He introduces the names of these metres (e.g., Kalahaṃsā) in 20 verses.
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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Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
kāḷahaṃsa : (m.) black swan.
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.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
kalahaṃsa (कलहंस).—m S A drake or a gander; or, according to some, a teal. 2 A name of Brahma.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
kalahaṃsa (कलहंस).—m A drake or a gander, a teal.
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) a gander, a swan; वधूदुकूलं कलहंस- लक्षणम् (vadhūdukūlaṃ kalahaṃsa- lakṣaṇam) Ku.5.67.
2) a duck, drake; Bk.2.18; कलमन्य- भृतासु भाषितं कलहंसीषु मदालसं गतम् (kalamanya- bhṛtāsu bhāṣitaṃ kalahaṃsīṣu madālasaṃ gatam) R.8.59.
3) the supreme soul.
4) an excellent king.
Derivable forms: kalahaṃsaḥ (कलहंसः).
Kalahaṃsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kala and haṃsa (हंस).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-saḥ) 1. A drake, or according to some, a teal. 2. A gander. 3. Another bird, (Gallinula porphyria.) 4. Brahma or the Supreme Being. 5. An emperor. 6. A species of the Atijagati metre. E. kala pleasing sound, and hasa a goose.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kalahaṃsa (कलहंस).—[kala-haṃsa], m., f. sī, A kind of duck or goose, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 82, 9; [Kirātārjunīya] 5, 13; [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 8, 58.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kalahaṃsa (कलहंस).—[masculine] a kind of duck, goose, or swan ([feminine] ī); [Name] of a man. — Abstr. tā [feminine]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Kalahaṃsa (कलहंस):—[=kala-haṃsa] [from kala] m. Name of several species of the Haṃsa bird or goose, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Pañcatantra] etc.
2) [v.s. ...] an excellent king, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
3) [v.s. ...] Brahma or the Supreme Spirit, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
4) [v.s. ...] a particular metre (consisting of four lines of thirteen syllables each)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Kalahaṃsa (कलहंस):—[kala-haṃsa] (saḥ) 1. m. A drake; a gander; Brahm; a king.
[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch
Kalahaṃsa (कलहंस):—(kala + haṃsa) m.
1) eine Art Ente oder Gans, = kādamba [Amarakoṣa 2, 5, 23.] kādambāstu kalahaṃsāḥ pakṣaiḥ syuratidhūsaraiḥ [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 1327.] [Anekārthasaṃgraha 4, 325.] [Medinīkoṣa s. 49.] = rājahaṃsa [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] [Mahābhārata 1, 2622.] [Rāmāyaṇa 2, 82, 9. 4, 29, 17. 50,] [?14.Pañcatantra I, 335. Kumārasaṃbhava 5, 67. Bhāgavatapurāṇa 1, 11, 2.] vimānaiḥ kalahaṃsapāṇḍubhiḥ [4, 3, 12.] kalahaṃsī das Weibchen [Raghuvaṃśa 8, 58.] —
2) ein vorzüglicher König (nṛpottama) [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] [VIŚVA im Śabdakalpadruma] —
3) der höchste Geist, das Brahman (vgl. haṃsa) [Śabdaratnāvalī im Śabdakalpadruma] —
4) Name eines Metrums (4 Mal ˘ ˘ ¯ ˘ ¯ ˘ ˘ ˘ ¯ ˘ ˘ ¯ ¯) [Colebrooke II, 161 (VIII, 7).]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung
1) m. — a) eine Art Ente , Gans oder Schwan. Nom.abstr. tā f. [Indische sprüche 7851.] — b) *ein vorzüglicher König. — c) *der höchste Geist , das Brahman. — d) ein best. Metrum. —
2) f. ī das Weibchen von 1)a).
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