Kanakavalaya, Kanaka-valaya: 1 definition


Kanakavalaya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Vākāṭakas

Kanakavalaya (कनकवलय) refers to “golden wristlets”, which was worn by rich men during the reign of the Vākāṭakas (mid-3rd century CE).—Ajaṇṭā paintings give us a clear idea of the costume and jewellery worn by men and women in Vidarbha in the age of the Vākāṭakas. [...] Men and women were very fond of jewellery in the Vākāṭaka age. Merchants, middle class people and servants generally appear without jewellery on their person, but kings, princes, high officers, queens and wives of rich people as also their maids are represented with a variety of ornaments. [...] Rich men wore golden wristlets (kanakavalayas). In the Meghadūta Kālidāsa describes how the forearm of the exiled Yakṣa, who had become emaciated owing to separation from his beloved, appeared bare by the fall of a golden wristlet. The fingers were adorned with rings. The confusion caused in the Śākuntala by the loss of the signet ring of Duṣyanta is well known.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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