Kalamukha, Kālamukha, Kālāmukha, Kala-mukha: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (shaivism)

Kālamukha (कालमुख).—Originating in Kaśmir the Kālamukhas formed the principal branch of Pāśupata Śaivism in Karnātaka, Āndhra and Tamiḻnādu regions during 9th –13th Centuries C.E. They are closely associated with the Lakulisas as the exponents of the Pāśupata philosophy in the south. They are said to have descended from the third disciple of Lakuliswara by name Kauruṣa or Kālānana.

The Kālamukhas are describes as having the ash mark on their forehead. The spiritual parents of the Kālamukhas were the Pāśupatas, Both sects revere the legendary teacher Lakulīśa. Both of them bear similar or identical names and undertake pilgrimages to Kedārnāth and Śrīparvata.

Source: academia.edu: Kāpālikas

Kālamukha (कालमुख).—The Kālamukhas or Kālāmukhas (lit. the black-faced), known mainly from South Indian inscriptions between the 9th and the 13th centuries, are identical with the Lākulas. They are said not only to cover themselves with ashes but also to eat them and to worship Rudra in a vessel filled with alcohol.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kālamukha (कालमुख).—A hybrid race born from the union of men and Rākṣasas. Sahadeva defeated the Kālamukhas also during his conquest of the southern region. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 31, Verse 67).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kālamukha (कालमुख) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.28.45) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kālamukha) 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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India history and geogprahy

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (historical)

The Kālamukhas enjoyed munificent royal patronage form almost all south Indian dynasties such as Cālukyās, Kākatiyas, Colās and Pāṇdyas during medieval period. They acted as the heads of a large number of Mathas in such important pilgrim centres as Śrisailam, Ālampūr, Bezawada, Amarāvati, Dakṣārama, Agasteśvaram, in Āndhra Pradesh.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kālamukha (कालमुख).—a species of ape; Mb.3.292.12.

Derivable forms: kālamukhaḥ (कालमुखः).

Kālamukha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kāla and mukha (मुख).

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

1) Kālamukha (कालमुख):—[=kāla-mukha] [from kāla] mfn. black-faced, dark-faced, [Patañjali]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a kind of monkey, [Mahābhārata iii, 16613; Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a fabulous people, [Mahābhārata ii, 1171; Rāmāyaṇa]

4) Kālamukhā (कालमुखा):—[=kāla-mukhā] [from kāla-mukha > kāla] f. Name of a woman, [Pāṇini 4-1, 58; Kāśikā-vṛtti]

5) Kālāmukha (कालामुख):—[=kālā-mukha] [from kāla] a m. [plural] Name of a Śaiva sect (cf. kālī-m.)

6) [=kālā-mukha] b See 1. kāla.

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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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