Kalajihva, Kālajihvā, Kālajihva: 6 definitions


Kalajihva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kālajihvā (कालजिह्वा).—A śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 76.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Kalajihva in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Kālajihva (कालजिह्व) is the name of a Yakṣa, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 72. Accordingly, as Vijayavatī said to Vinītamati: “... In consequence of that [Vāsuki’s] curse my father [Gandhamālin] was conquered by his enemy, a Yakṣa named Kālajihva, and made his servant, and forced to carry a load of flowers for him”.

2) Kālajihva (कालजिह्व) is the name of a Vidyādhara champion allied to Mandaradeva who marched in war against Naravāhanadatta, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 109. Accordingly, “... and the kings of Mandaradeva’s party, Kāñcanadaṃṣṭra, Aśokaka, Raktākṣa, Kālajihva and the others, submitted to the sway of Naravāhanadatta”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kālajihva, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kalajihva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kālajihva (कालजिह्व).—[adjective] black-tongued.

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

Kālajihva (कालजिह्व):—[=kāla-jihva] [from kāla] m. ‘having a black tongue’, Name of a Yakṣa, [Kathāsaritsāgara lxx, 35. -1.]

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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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