Kalpam: 3 definitions


Kalpam means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

India history and geography

Source: Institut Français de Pondichéry: The Shaivite legends of Kanchipuram

Kalpam (கல்பம்) (in Tamil) refers to Kalpa in Sanskrit, and represents one of the proper nouns mentioned in the Kanchipuranam, which narrates the Shaivite Legends of Kanchipuram—an ancient and sacred district in Tamil Nadu (India). The Kanchipuranam (mentioning Kalpam) reminds us that Kanchipuram represents an important seat of Hinduism where Vaishnavism and Shaivism have co-existed since ancient times.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kalpam (कल्पम्).—adv. (from kalpa, q.v.; = Pali kappaṃ), lit. and orig. for a kalpa, = for a long time: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 227.5 (prose) (yaḥ…tathāgatasya) saṃmukhaṃ kalpam avarṇaṃ bhāṣet, who should for a long time speak ill before (= to- wards) a T. (The translators misunderstand.) The verse account has (229.7) yaś caiva…jinasya saṃmukhaṃ śrāved avarṇaṃ paripūrṇakalpam,…for a full kalpa, which may therefore be the meaning of 227.5; but the Pali adv. is well established.

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Kālpam (काल्पम्).—[ Lalitavistara 407.13, error or misprint for kālyam, early in the morning.]

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

Kalpam (कल्पम्):—[from kalpa] ind., may be also connected with a verb e.g. pacati-kalpam, he cooks pretty well, [Kāśikā-vṛtti on Pāṇini 8-1, 57]

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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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