Kanakaprabha, Kanakaprabhā, Kanaka-prabha: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Kanakaprabhā (कनकप्रभा) is the wife of Paropakārin: the king of Vardhamāna according to the “story of the golden city”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 24. Accordingly, “There lived long ago in a city called Vardhamāna, the ornament of the earth, a king, the terror of his foes, called Paropakārin. And this exalted monarch possessed a queen of the name of Kanakaprabhā, as the cloud holds the lightning, but she had not the fickleness of the lightning...”. The story was told by Śaktivega to Udayana and Vāsavadatta in order to relate his incarnation as a Vidyādhara.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kanakaprabhā, 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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Kanakaprabhā (कनकप्रभा) is the name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) to which Hemacandra (1088-1173 C.E.) assigned the alternative name of Nandinī in his auto-commentary on the second chapter of the Chandonuśāsana. Kanakaprabhā also corresponds to Manovatī according to Bharata. Hemacandra gives these alternative names for the metres by other authorities (like Bharata), even though the number of gaṇas or letters do not differ.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Kanakaprabhā (कनकप्रभा) is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 3, jvarātisāra: fever with diarrhoea). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, as an ayurveda treatment, it should be taken twith caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., kanaka-prabhā-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Kanakaprabhā (कनकप्रभा) is another name for Tejovatī, a medicinal plant similar to Jyotiṣmatī Celastrus paniculatus (black oil plant or intellect tree) from the Celastraceae or “staff vine” or “bittersweet family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.82 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The Raj Nighantu reads Jyotiṣmatī and Tejovatī together while Bāpālāl identifies Tejovatī with Zanthoxylum budrunga (cape yellowwood or Indian ivy-rue) from the Rutaceae or “rue” or “citrus” family. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Kanakaprabhā and Tejovatī, there are a total of thirty-one Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Kanakaprabhā (कनकप्रभा) is the daughter of Marutta (king from Rājapura), according , according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.2 [Rāvaṇa’s expedition of conquest] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, “When the Lord of Laṅkā had told this, Marutta asked his forgiveness for the sin arising from the sacrifice which was made because of his own ignorance. Then King Marutta gave his daughter, Kanakaprabhā, to Daśāsya, and Daśāsya married her. Destroyer of Marutta’s sacrifice, strong like the wind, he went then to the city Mathurā, very powerful. Its king, Harivāhana, came to Daśagrīva with his son Madhu, who had a spear, like Īśāna.  [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Kanakaprabha in Biology glossary
Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Kanakaprabha in India is the name of a plant defined with Bauhinia variegata in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Bauhinia variegata var. chinensis DC. (among others).

2) Kanakaprabha is also identified with Jasminum bignoniaceum.

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2003)
· Yakugaku Zasshi
· Flora Cochinchinensis (1852)
· Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden (1975)
· Flora de Antioquia (1941)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Kanakaprabha, for example health benefits, pregnancy safety, extract dosage, diet and recipes, chemical composition, side effects, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kanakaprabha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kanakaprabha (कनकप्रभ).—a. bright as gold.

-bhā the महाज्योतिष्मती (mahājyotiṣmatī) plant.

Kanakaprabha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kanaka and prabha (प्रभ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kanakaprabha (कनकप्रभ).—(?), name of a prince (form uncertain, see Nobel's note): Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 52.8 (verse).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Kanakaprabha (कनकप्रभ):—[=kanaka-prabha] [from kanaka > kan] mfn. bright as gold

2) Kanakaprabhā (कनकप्रभा):—[=kanaka-prabhā] [from kanaka-prabha > kanaka > kan] f. Cardiospermum Halicacabum, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a metre (consisting of four lines of 13 syllables each)

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a princess, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kanakaprabha (कनकप्रभ):—[kanaka-prabha] (bhaḥ-bhā-bhaṃ) a. Bright as gold.

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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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