Kalajna, Kālajña, Kala-jna: 14 definitions


Kalajna means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kālajña (कालज्ञ).—A synonym of the Kālakeyas. (See under Kālakeya).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kālajña (कालज्ञ) refers to “those who know the proper time”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.48 (“Description of Marriage of Śiva and Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Then the Brahmins were requested by Himavat ‘May the rite be formally started after narrating the Tithi etc. The auspicious hour has come’. After saying ‘So be it’, the excellent Brahmins who knew the proper time (kālajña) proclaimed the Tithi etc. very delightedly. Then Himācala mentally urged with pleasure by lord Śiva, the cause of great enjoyment, smilingly spoke to Śiva. ‘O Śiva, please do not delay. Please mention your genealogy, saintly lineage, family, name and your Veda along with your branch of the Vedas’”.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Veterinary Medicine (The study and treatment of Animals)

Source: Shodhganga: Portrayal of Animal Kingdom (Tiryaks) in Epics An Analytical study

Kālajña (कालज्ञ) (lit. “one who is is the knower of time”) is a synonym (another name) for the Kukkuṭa, according to scientific texts such as the Mṛgapakṣiśāstra (Mriga-pakshi-shastra) or “the ancient Indian science of animals and birds” by Hamsadeva, containing the varieties and descriptions of the animals and birds seen in the Sanskrit Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kālajña (कालज्ञ) refers to “one who knows (whether a) time (is auspicious or not)” (representing a characteristic of a true teacher or Guru) , according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “One should make an effort to seek a teacher who brings about eternal bliss and awakens (his disciples) to what is beneficial. (The true teacher is) is fortunate and pleasing to see. [...] He knows (whether a) time (kālajña) (is auspicious or not). He is well versed and skillful and knows (his) capabilities and is not repulsive. [...]”.

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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.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Kālajñā (कालज्ञा) refers to “one who knows the proper time”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja, having praised the Lord with these verses, addressed himself to the Lord: ‘[...] The Lord, having known the meaning (artha), is skilled in the knowledge of the division of words. The Lord, having known the proper time (kālajñā), is always free of faulty prediction. The Lord, having known the proper measure (mātrajñā), teaches the dharma accordingly to each individual of all living being.[...]’”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kālajña (कालज्ञ).—a. knowing the proper time or occasion (of any action); अत्यारूढो हि नारीणामकालज्ञो मनोभवः (atyārūḍho hi nārīṇāmakālajño manobhavaḥ) R.12.33; Śiśupālavadha 2.83. (-jñaḥ) 1 an astrologer.

2) a cock.

Kālajña is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kāla and jña (ज्ञ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kālajña (कालज्ञ).—mfn.

(-jñaḥ-jñā-jñaṃ) One who knows times or season. m.

(-jñaḥ) 1. An astrologer. 2. A cock. E. kāla, and jña who knows.

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

Kālajña (कालज्ञ).—[kāla-jña] (vb. jñā), adj. Knowing the proper season, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 217.

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

Kalājña (कलाज्ञ).—[adjective] knowing the arts; [masculine] an artist.

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Kālajña (कालज्ञ).—[adjective] knowing the (proper) times.

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

1) Kalājña (कलाज्ञ):—[=kalā-jña] [from kalā] mf(ā)n. skilled in arts, [Subhāṣitāvali]

2) [v.s. ...] m. an artist.

3) Kālajña (कालज्ञ):—[=kāla-jña] [from kāla] mfn. knowing the fixed times or seasons, [Manu-smṛti vii, 217; Raghuvaṃśa xii, 33]

4) [v.s. ...] m. an astrologer, [Horace H. Wilson]

5) [v.s. ...] a cock, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Kālajña (कालज्ञ):—[kāla-jña] (jñaḥ-jñā-jñaṃ) a. Time-knowing. m. An astrologer; a cock.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kalajna in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kālajña (ಕಾಲಜ್ಞ):—

1) [noun] a man believed to know the events happened in the past, happening at present, and will happen in future.

2) [noun] a man who fixes auspiscious moments for undertaking something; an astrologer.

3) [noun] a man who has perfect knowledge of seasons of a particular region.

4) [noun] a common gallinaceous farm bird (Gallus domesticus) which drows at or before sunrise everyday. a hen or rooster.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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