Kalarupa, Kala-rupa, Kālarūpa: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kālarūpa (कालरूप) refers to he, “whose form is the eternal time”, and represents an epithet of Śiva used in Sandhyā’s eulogy of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.6. Accordingly:—“[...] Directly perceiving the lord of Durgā she [viz., Sandhyā] eulogised the lord of the worlds: [...] Obeisance to Thee whose forms are the sky, the earth, the quarters, the waters, the fire and the Eternal time (kālarūpa)”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: archive.org: Sardhatrisatikalottaragama

Kalārūpa (कलारूप) or Kalārūpaprakalpana refers to the “placement of five kalās” which is prescribed as one of the operations/ preliminary ceremonies related to the kuṇḍa (“fire-pit”), according to the various Āgamas and related literature. Kalārūpa-prakalpana is mentioned in the Kiraṇa-āgama (kriyā-pāda, chpater 4) and the Ajita-āgama (Kriyā-pāda, chapter 21).

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Kālarūpa (कालरूप) refers to the “essential nature of time”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(The fourfold grouping of the sixteen parts of the sacred seats) differentiate the whole of time according to whether it is gross or subtle. Gross, subtle, and ultimate, they resonate, established in the essential nature of time [i.e., kālarūpa-sthā]. They arise within the first digit of the moon (and continue to arise in the succeeding digits) up to the end of the left (current of vitality to) then again (enter) the right. (In this way) life and death (alternate) in accord with the division of the Moon and Sun (which symbolize the inhaled and exhaled breath, respectively)”.

2) Kalārūpā (कलारूपा) refers to “she who embodies the energy (of the passion) (of the union of Śiva and Śakti)”, according to the Lalitāsahasranāma.—Lalitā’s thousand names are eulogized in the Lalitāsahasranāma, describing the goddess’s spiritual beauty on the analogy of physical, sensuous beauty. [...] As this divine passion itself (kāmarūpiṇī) (796), she embodies the energy of the passion of the union of Śiva and Śakti (kāma-kalārūpā) (322). Indeed, the whole of her blissful being is symbolized by the spiritual sexuality of absolute existence through the play of the union of opposites. She is also concretely present in its microcosmic equivalent. Like Kubjikā, Lalitā resides in the fertile male seed (śukra) as its vital energy (ojas). Thus she may be worshipped there, in the vital seed, when it is produced in spiritual intercourse.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kāḷarūpa (काळरूप).—a (Like Yama himself. ) Applied to a ferocious, hideous, or hateful fellow.

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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.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Kalārūpa (कलारूप):—[=kalā-rūpa] [from kalā] n. a particular ceremony

2) Kalārūpā (कलारूपा):—[=kalā-rūpā] [from kalā-rūpa > kalā] f. Name of one of the five Mūla-prakṛtis.

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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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