Kamashastra, aka: Kāmaśāstra, Kama-shastra; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Kāmaśāstra can be transliterated into English as Kamasastra or Kamashastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Kāmaśāstra (कामशास्त्र).—In Sairandhri's house there were pictures drawn according to prescriptions of kāmaśāstra1 a treatise by Bābhravya, a Pāñcāla.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 48. [2]; Matsya-purāṇa 220. 2.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 21. 30.
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.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

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Kāmaśāstra (कामशास्त्र) refers to the “science of erotics” and represents one of the nine divisions of the Paurūṣeya classification of Śāstra knowledge; all part of the ancient Indian education system, which aimed at both the inner and the outer dimension of a person.

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Education: Systems & Practices
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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kāmaśāstra (कामशास्त्र).—n (S) A treatise on the art of love; describing the various excellences of the sexes et modos diversos coëundi.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kāmaśāstra (कामशास्त्र).—n A treatise on the art of love.

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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Kāmaśāstra (कामशास्त्र).—the science of love, erotic science.

Derivable forms: kāmaśāstram (कामशास्त्रम्).

Kāmaśāstra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kāma and śāstra (शास्त्र).

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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