Kamakala, Kāmakalā, Kama-kala: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kāmakalā (कामकला) refers to the “energy of Kāma”, 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. There she is called beautiful (ramyā) (307) and desirable (kāmyā) (321). The limbs of her body are faultless (anavadyāṅgī). Her eyes are like moving fish transported by the current of the beauty of her face. The radiance of her gentle smile causes the mind of the Lord of Love to merge in her. Her two breasts are the red and white Points (bindu) of the energy of Kāma (kāmakalā). They are the jewels of Kāmeśvara’s love that he holds lovingly in each hand. [...]

Source: Manblunder: Lalitha Sahasranamam 322

Kāmakalā consists of three bindu-s (dots) forming a triangle and below this triangle there is an inverted triangle (hārda-kalā) where the three kūṭa-s of Pañcadasī mantra are placed. From this lower inverted triangle all triads are born which ultimately leads to the creation of this universe. The two parallel dots are Her bosoms by which this universe is nurtured and a single dot above these two dots is Her third eye. 

Kāma means intent to create and kalā refers to a part of the main object, in this case, Śiva. The conjugation of Kāma and kalā leads to the manifestation of Kāmeśvara and Kāmeśvarī forms.  Śiva and Śaktī unite only in their kāma forms i.e. kāma + īśvarī and kāma + īśvara. These two, are Their highest forms that cause Creation. She is known as ‘Mahā-tripura-sundarī’ in the Kāmakalā form and is also known as bindutraya samaṣti rūpa divyākṣara rūpiṇi

Mahā means supreme, tripura means three cities (could mean entire triads, the cause for creation that are ruled by Her). The deeper meaning of tripura is Her three actions viz. creation, sustenance and destruction. Sundarī means beauty. So ‘Mahā-tripura-sundarī’ means the beautiful and Supreme Mother, who creates, nourishes and dissolves. These three acts are subtly mentioned in Kāmakalā

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kāmakalā (कामकला).—Name of Rati, the wife of Kāma.

Kāmakalā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kāma and kalā (कला).

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

Kāmakalā (कामकला).—f.

(-lā) Rati the wife of Kama. E. kāma, and kalā a part.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Kāmakalā (कामकला) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—erotic by Kokkoka, dedicated to Vainyadatta. Rep. p. 11.

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

Kāmakalā (कामकला):—[=kāma-kalā] [from kāma] f. Name of Rati (wife of Kāma), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Kāmakalā (कामकला):—[kāma-kalā] (lā) 1. f. Wife of Kāma.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kamakala 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

Kamakāḷa (ಕಮಕಾಳ):—[noun] absolute dark colour.

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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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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Kāmakalā (कामकला):—n. the skill/wiles of sexual intercourse;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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