Kanabhuti, aka: Kāṇabhūti; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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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.

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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Kanabhuti in Purana glossary... « previous · [K] · next »

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).

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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Supratīka (सुप्रतीक).—a. 1) having a beautiful shape, lovely, handsome; भगवान् भागवतवात्सल्यतया...
Mālyavān (माल्यवान्) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter...
Puṣpadanta (पुष्पदन्त) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.47) and represents on...
Bṛhatkathā (बृहत्कथा).—See Guṇāḍhya.
Dīrghajaṅghā (दीर्घजङ्घा) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.93) and represents...
Bhūtivarman (भूतिवर्मन्) is the name of a rākṣasa and friend of Kāṇabhūti, a piśāca residing...
Nandideva is semantically identified with Ṛṣabadeva, who gained the wisdom directly from the Su...
Guṇadeva (गुणदेव) is the name of a disciple of Guṇāḍhya, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, ...
Bhūtivarmā (भूतिवर्मा).—A Rākṣasa who was the friend of Kāṇabhūti. (Kathāsaritsāgara).

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