Kanabhuti, Kāṇabhūti: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Kanabhuti in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Kāṇabhūti (काणभूति) is the name of a piśāca residing in the Vindhya forest. In a previous life he was known as a yakṣa named Supratīka, but was made a yakṣa by a curse of Kubera, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara. When Pārvtī cursed Puṣpadanta, for overhearing the story of the seven Vidyādharas, together with Mālyavān, she mentioned Kāṇabhūti would be released from his curse, when Mālyavān would hear the tale from him: “A Yakṣa named Supratīka, who has been made a Piśāca by the curse of Kuvera, is residing in the Vindhya forest under the name of Kāṇabhūti. When thou shalt see him, and calling to mind thy origin, tell him this tale; then, Puṣpadanta, thou shalt be released from this curse. And when Mālyavān shall hear this tale from Kāṇabhūti, then Kāṇabhūti shall be released, and thou, Mālyavān, when thou hast published it abroad, shalt be free also.”

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kāṇabhūti, 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.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kanabhuti in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kāṇabhūti (काणभूति).—A devil. His name in the previous life was "Supratīka". Once he made friends with the devil Sthūlaśiras. Kubera who became angry at this, cursed Supratīka and turned him into a devil. Supratīka settled down in the Vindhya mountain, assuming the new name "Kāṇabhūti". After narrating Bṛhatkathā to Guṇāḍhya, Kāṇabhūti assumed his former form. (For further details, see under the word GUṆĀḌHYA).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kanabhuti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kāṇabhūti (काणभूति):—[=kāṇa-bhūti] [from kāṇa] m. Name of a Yakṣa, [Kathāsaritsāgara i, 59] (cf. a-kāṇa, ekākṣa, and kāṇūka.)

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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 (even English!). 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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