Kamalaksha, Kamalākṣa, Kamala-aksha: 9 definitions

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Kamalaksha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Kamalākṣa can be transliterated into English as Kamalaksa or Kamalaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Kamalākṣa (कमलाक्ष).—A great warrior who fought on the side of the Kauravas. Duryodhana sent this warrior along with Śakuni to attack Arjuna. (Chapter 156, Droṇa Parva. Mahābhārata).

2) Kamalākṣa (कमलाक्ष).—A son of Tārakāsura. He was one of the famous trio of demons. For details see under 'Tripura'.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Kamalākṣa (कमलाक्ष).—A Dānava who entered the ocean.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 61. 4.

1b) A tīrtha sacred to Mahotpala.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 34.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Kamalāksa (कमलाक्स) refers to one of the three sons of the demon Tāraka, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, the Saurapurāṇa in two chapters 34 and 35 relates the Tripuradhana myth thus:—“[...] The demon Tāraka who was killed by Kārttikeya had three sons namely Vidyunmāli, Tārakākṣa and Kamalāksa. These powerful demons propitiated Brahmā with their formidable penance. They received the boon that they would not be killed by the Devas and the Asuras. [...] Then the demons consulting each other prayed Brahmā to grant the boon of establishing three cities and live there roaming in the three worlds. [...] Then Maya, the architect, created three cities, the iron one in the earth for Vidyunmāli, the silver one in the midair for Tārakākṣa and the other of gold in the heaven for Kamalāksa”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda

Kamalākṣa (कमलाक्ष) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.

Kamalākṣa is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kamalākṣa (कमलाक्ष).—m (S kamala & akṣa The eye.) A seed of the lotus. Used for beads &c. 2 A flowering shrub, and n its flower.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kamalākṣa (कमलाक्ष).—

1) The lotus-seed.

2) Viṣṇu; कमलाक्षः पद्मबीजे विष्णावपि पुमान् भवेत् (kamalākṣaḥ padmabīje viṣṇāvapi pumān bhavet) Nm.

Derivable forms: kamalākṣaḥ (कमलाक्षः).

Kamalākṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kamala and akṣa (अक्ष).

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

Kamalākṣa (कमलाक्ष).—name of a former Buddha: Mahāvastu i.137.7.

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

Kamalākṣa (कमलाक्ष).—[feminine] ī lotus-eyed.

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

1) Kamalākṣa (कमलाक्ष):—[from kamala > kam] mf(ī)n. lotus-eyed

2) [from kamala > kam] n. Name of a town, [Matsya-purāṇa]

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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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