Kalmasha, Kalmāṣa, Kalmaṣa: 10 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Kalmāṣa and Kalmaṣa can be transliterated into English as Kalmasa or Kalmasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kalmaṣa (कल्मष) refers to “sins” (viz., of the body), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.30. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] [Satī] desired to burn off the body and retain the pure wind by yogic means. In this posture she remembered the feet of her lord and nothing else. Her body divested of its sins (hata-kalmaṣa) fell in the yogic fire and was reduced to ashes, O excellent sage, in accordance with her own wish”.

Source: Eastern Book Linkers: Harivaṃśa Purāṇa

Kalmāṣa (कल्माष) refrers to one of the ten sons of Tāmasa Manu (of the fourth manvantara), according to the Harivaṃśa-purāṇa 1.7.20-29:—“In the Tāmasa-manvantara there were the gods called Satya. Tāmasa Manu had ten very strong sons, known as Dyuti, Tapasya, Sutapa, Tapomūla, Tapodhana, Taparati, Kalmāṣa, Tanvī, Dhanvī and Paraṃtapa. All of them were owned by vāyu”.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kalmāṣa (कल्माष) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.35.7, II.25.6, II.47.4, IX.44.100) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kalmāṣa) 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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kalmaṣa (कल्मष).—n S Sin. 2 fig. Feculence, filth, sordes, any excretion or excrementitious matter.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

kalmaṣa (कल्मष).—n Sin. Fig. Ecculence, filth, sordes.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kalmaṣa (कल्मष).—a.

1) Sinful, wicked.

2) Foul, dirty; व्यरोचत तदा तोयं निर्मलं गतकल्मषम् (vyarocata tadā toyaṃ nirmalaṃ gatakalmaṣam) Rām.1.43.26.

-ṣaḥ, -ṣam 1 Stain, dirt, dregs.

2) The hand below the wrist.

3) Sin; स हि गगनविहारी कल्मषध्वंसकारी (sa hi gaganavihārī kalmaṣadhvaṃsakārī) H.1.19; Bg.4.3; 5.16; Ms.4.26,12.18,22.

-ṣaḥ Hell.

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Kalmāṣa (कल्माष).—a. (-ṣī f.)

1) Variegated, spotted; आजुहाव ततः प्रीतः कल्माषीं धूतकल्मषाम् (ājuhāva tataḥ prītaḥ kalmāṣīṃ dhūtakalmaṣām) Rām.1.52.2.

2) Black and white; अश्वांस्तित्तिरकल्माषान् (aśvāṃstittirakalmāṣān) Mb.12.124.12.

-ṣaḥ 1 The variegated colour.

2) A mixture of black and white. शुक्लगुणः शुक्लः । कृष्णगुणः कृष्णः । य इदानीमुभयगुणः स तृतीयामाख्यां लभते कल्माष इति वा सारङ्ग इति वा (śuklaguṇaḥ śuklaḥ | kṛṣṇaguṇaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ | ya idānīmubhayaguṇaḥ sa tṛtīyāmākhyāṃ labhate kalmāṣa iti vā sāraṅga iti vā) Mahābhārata on P.I.2.31.

3) A demon, goblin.

4) The black colour.

5) A form of Agni.

6) A kind of fragrant rice.

-ṣī Name of the river Yamunā; अभितः सोऽथ कल्माषीं गङ्गाकूले परिभ्रमन् (abhitaḥ so'tha kalmāṣīṃ gaṅgākūle paribhraman) Mb.1.167.5.

2) The spotted cow of Jamadagni.

-ṣam Stain.

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

Kalmaṣa (कल्मष).—mfn.

(-ṣaḥ-ṣā-śaṃ) Dirty, foul. m.

(-ṣaḥ) A kind of hell, a division of the infernal regions. n.

(-ṣaṃ) 1. Sin. 2. The hand bellow the wrist. E. karmma virtuous or pious action, ṣo to destory, and ka affix; the form is irr.

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Kalmāṣa (कल्माष).—mfn.

(-ṣaḥ-ṣā or -ṣī-ṣaṃ) Of a mixed or variegated colour. m.

(-ṣaḥ) 1. A variegated colour. 2. A mixture of black and white. 3. Black. 4. A demon or goblin. f. (-ṣī) The spotted cow of Jamadagni, the giver of all desires. E. kal to go, &c. kvip affix, kal, maṣ to injure, aṇ affix māṣa; what injures or triumphs over other colours.

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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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