Kamboja, aka: Kāmboja, Kambojā; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[Kamboja in Kavya glossaries]

Kāmboja (काम्बोज) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—It situated in Afghanistan or at least its northern part. In the Raghuvaṃśa, Kālidāsa (IV. 68-69) described this part is situated between the river Oxus and the Himālayas. The Kāvyamīmāṃsā of Rājaśekhara mentions this region among the countries in the Uttarapatha.

(Source): Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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[Kamboja in Purana glossaries]

Kamboja (कम्बोज).—(c) Its king was vanquished by Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 7. 35.
(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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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Kamboja in Itihasa glossaries]

Kāmboja (काम्बोज) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.177.15) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kāmboja) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[Kamboja in Shaktism glossaries]

Kāmboja (काम्बोज) or Kāmbojatantra refers to one of the twenty-eight Gāruḍatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Kāmboja belonging to the Garuḍa class.

(Source): Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Kamboja in Hinduism glossaries]

Kamboja (कम्बोज) refers to enemies of the Kauravas whom Karna had defeated

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Kamboja in Theravada glossaries]

One of the sixteen Mahajanapadas which, with Gandhara, belonged, not to the Majjhimadesa but, evidently, to the Uttarapatha (A.i.213; iv.252, 256, 260). It is often mentioned as the famous birthplace of horses (assanam ayatanam) (E.g., DA.i.124; AA.i.399; Vsm.332; also J.iv.464). In the Kunala Jataka (J.v.445) we are told that the Kambojas caught their horses by means of moss (jalajata), and the scholiast (J.v.446) explains at length how this was done. They sprinkled the moss with honey and left it in the horses drinking place; from there, by means of honey sprinkled on the grass, the horses were led to an enclosure.

In the Assalayana Sutta (M.ii.149) it is stated that in Yona and in Kamboja, and also in the neighbouring countries, there were, in the Buddhas time, only two classes of people, masters and slaves, and that a master could become a slave or vice versa. The Commentary (MA.ii.784) explains that a brahmin would go there with his wife for purposes of trade and would die there. His wife would then be compelled to work for her living and her children would become slaves.

The Jatakas (E.g., J.vi.208, 210; see also Manu.x.44) would lead us to believe that the people of Kamboja had lost their original customs and had become barbarous. Elsewhere Kamboja is mentioned as a place not visited by women of other countries. A.ii.82; on the reading of this passage, however, see GS.ii.92, n.2. The Commentary (AA.ii.523) distinctly supports the reading Kamboja.

The country was evidently on one of the great caravan routes, and there was a road direct from Dvaraka to Kamboja (Pv.p.23).

According to Asokas Rock Edict, No. XIII. (Shabhazgarhi Text), Kamboja was among the countries visited by Asokas missionaries. The country referred to is probably on the banks of the Kabul river (Mookerji: Asoka, 168, n.1).

In later literature (E.g., Cv.lxxvi.21, 55) Kamboja is the name given to Western Siam.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Kamboja in Pali glossaries]

kamboja : (m.) name of a country.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kambojā, (f.) N of a country J. V, 446 (°ka raṭṭha); Pv. II, 91 (etc.); Vism. 332, 334, 336. (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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Kamboja in Sanskrit glossaries]

Kamboja (कम्बोज).—

1) A shell.

2) A kind of elephant.

3) (pl) Name of a country and its inhabitants; शवतिर्गतिकर्मा कम्बोजेष्वेव भाष्यते (śavatirgatikarmā kambojeṣveva bhāṣyate) Mbh. on P.I.1.1. कम्बोजाः समरे सोढुं तस्य वीर्यमनीश्वराः (kambojāḥ samare soḍhuṃ tasya vīryamanīśvarāḥ) R.4.69. v.1.

Derivable forms: kambojaḥ (कम्बोजः).

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Kāmboja (काम्बोज).—[kamboja-aṇ]

1) A native of the Kambojas; Ms.1.44.

2) A king of the Kambojas.

3) The Punnāga tree.

4) A species of horse from the Kamboja country. शतं वै यस्तु काम्बोजान्ब्राह्मणेभ्यः प्रयच्छति (śataṃ vai yastu kāmbojānbrāhmaṇebhyaḥ prayacchati) Mb.12. 35.14.

5) A conch.

6) A kind of plant (somavalka); काम्बोजो हस्तिभेदे च शङ्खदेशविशेषयोः । अश्वे पुंनागवृक्षे च सोमवल्के तदिष्यते (kāmbojo hastibhede ca śaṅkhadeśaviśeṣayoḥ | aśve puṃnāgavṛkṣe ca somavalke tadiṣyate) || Nm.

Derivable forms: kāmbojaḥ (काम्बोजः).

(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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