Kambugriva, aka: Kambugrīvā, Kambu-griva, Kambugrīva; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Itihasa (narrative history)

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Kambugrīvā (कम्बुग्रीवा) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.89) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kambugrīvā) 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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Kambugrīva (कम्बुग्रीव).—Son of Sudhanvā, King of the country of Madra. Candrasena, King of Siṃhala, tried to get his daughter Mandodarī married to this King. But Mandodarī did not consent to it. (5th Skandha, Devī Bhāgavata.)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Kambugrīva (कम्बुग्रीव) is the name of a tortoise (kūrma), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 59. Accordingly, “... there was in a certain lake a tortoise, named Kambugrīva, and he had two swans for friends, Vikaṭa and Saṅkaṭa. Once on a time the lake was dried up by drought, and they wanted to go to another lake... ”.

The story of Kambugrīva was narrated in order to demonstrate that “people must follow good advice, otherwise they will be ruined”, in other words, that “a person who lets go common sense will be ruined”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kambugrīva, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Kambugrīvā (कम्बुग्रीवा).—

1) a conch-shaped neck, (i. e. a neck marked with three lines like a shell and considered as a sign of great fortune).

2) a lady having the neck like the conch-shell.

Kambugrīvā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kambu and grīvā (ग्रीवा).

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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