Kamandalu, aka: Kamaṇḍalu; 11 Definition(s)


Kamandalu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Kamaṇḍalu (कमण्डलु).—This is an ordinary vessel to hold water and is of different shapes. It has in some cases a spout. The earlier specimens are simple in design, though not very handsome in appearance. The later forms are more symmetrical and beautiful in design and workmanship.

(Source): Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Kamaṇḍalu (कमण्डलु, “water pot”).—An object being held by the four-armed Sarasvatī;—As a water-related river goddess, the water pot is an implement appropriate to Sarasvatī. According to Marie-Thérèse de Mallmann, it represents abundance or immortality. The Viṣṇudharmottara-purāṇa, on the other hand, tells us the water pot is to be known as the immortal nectar of all scriptures (śāstra).

(Source): Google Books: Sarasvatī: Riverine Goddess of Knowledge (iconography)

Kamaṇḍalu (water jug) - Fullness and generosity, also purity and purification.

(Source): Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction

Kamaṇḍalu (कमण्डलु) is the name of a certain utensil commonly seen as being held in the hands of the deities in sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses.—Kamaṇḍalu is an ordinary vessel to hold water and is of different shapes. It has in some cases a spout.

(Source): Shodhganga: The significance of the Mula beras in the Hindu temples of Tamilnadu
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.


Kamaṇḍalu (कमण्डलु).—Of Budha;1 in possession of Agastya.2 Given to Vāmana by Vasiṣṭha;3 of Brahmā, as the source of Gaṅgā;4 of Śiva.5

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 11. 55.
  • 2) Ib. 61. 36.
  • 3) Ib. 245. 86.
  • 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 55. 14; Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 21. 4.
  • 5) Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 273.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Kamaṇḍalu (कमण्डलु) is a Sanskrit word referring to the water-pot carried by sannyāsīs.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

kamaṇḍalu : (m.; nt.) a water-pitcher.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kamaṇḍalu, (m. , nt.) (etym. uncertain) the waterpot with long spout used by non-Buddhist ascetics S. I, 167; J. II, 73 (=kuṇḍikā); IV, 362, 370; VI, 86, 525, 570; Sn. p. 80; DhA. III, 448—adj. kamaṇḍaluka (read kā°?) “with the waterpot” A. V, 263 (brāhmaṇā pacchābhūmakā k.). (Page 189)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

Marathi-English dictionary

kamaṇḍalu (कमंडलु).—m n (S) The waterpot used by the ascetic and the religious student.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kamaṇḍalu (कमंडलु).—m n The water-pot used by the ascetic and the religious student.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kamaṇḍalu (कमण्डलु).—n., [lū] f. A water-pot (earthen or wooden) used by ascetics; कमण्डलूपमोऽमात्यस्तनुत्यागो बहुग्रहः (kamaṇḍalūpamo'mātyastanutyāgo bahugrahaḥ) H.2.89. कमण्डलुनोदकम् सिक्त्वा (kamaṇḍalunodakam siktvā); Ms.2.64; Y.1.133.

Derivable forms: kamaṇḍaluḥ (कमण्डलुः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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