Kancipura, Kāñcīpura, Kanci-pura, Kāñcipura: 6 definitions

Introduction

Kancipura means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Kanchipura.

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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Acta Orientalia vol. 74 (2013): Historical sequence of the Vaiṣṇava Divyadeśas

Kāñcīpura is short for Kāñcīpuram (or Attiyūr, Satyavradakṣetra/Satyavratakṣetra), which refers to Kacci-Attikiri, one of the 108 Vaishnava Divya Desam (divyadeśas or divyasthalas), located in the topographical division of Toṇṭaināṭu (“Northern Tamil Nadu”), according to the 9th century Nālāyirativviyappirapantam (shortly Nālāyiram).—Tradition would record the Vaiṣṇava divyadeśas or divyasthalas are 108. The divyadeśa is a base of the cult of Viṣṇu in Viṣṇuism [Vaiṣṇavism] tradition. The list of 108 [viz., Kāñcīpura] seems to have reached maturation by about the early 9th century CE as all the deśas are extolled in the hymns of the twelve Āḻvārs.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Yahoo Groups France: Tamil Studies

Kāñcipuram, in Tamil Nadu, is one of the principal permanent seats of Hinduism where Vaiṣṇavism and Śaivism have co-existed since a very long time. The Kāñcipurāṇam, a text in Tamil dating back to the second half of the 18th century, narrates the various legends connected to the site. It is attributed to the poet Civañaṉacuvāmi and was inspired from a Sanskrit Kāñcimāhātmya said to belong to the Skandapurāṇa. Though pan-Indian in its religious traditions, it is deeply rooted in and adapted to Kāñci and has ensured the transmission and popularity of the Śaiva tradition of Kāñci to the present day. It is summarized here in French and illustrated with photographs taken in the temples of Kāñcipuram and other sites of Tamil Nadu.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A city in Southern India on the Coromandel coast, capital of the Pallavas, and one of the seven sacred towns of India; it is the modern Conjevaram. It was once the centre of Buddhism in South India and was one of the places of pilgrimage visited by Hiouien Thsang. He mentions that during his stay there three hundred monks came to Kancipura from Ceylon, fleeing from the political disturbances in that country (Beal, op. cit., ii.228f; CAGI.627). In Pali Literature the locality is noteworthy as the birthplace of the Commentator Dhammapala and perhaps also of Anuruddha, author of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (P.L.C.113, 169). Some identify Kancipura with Satiyaputta of Asokas Rock Edict II. E.g., J.R.A.S., 1918, 541f; see also Bhandarkar, Anct. Hist. of Deccan pp.47, 52.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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India history and geogprahy

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Early Gupta Kings

Kāñcīpura (काञ्चीपुर).—Kāñcī is undoubtedly the modern Conjeeveram (Kāñcīpuram, Kāñcīpura) in the Chingleput District, Tamil Nadu.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas (history)

Kāñcīpura is the name of an ancient city where Shaivism thrived between the 6th century, according to R.G. Bhandarkar (1913).—“Inscriptions in the temples at Kāñcīpura contain evidence of Saivism being in a flourishing condition in the sixth century. The Pallava king Rājasiṃha constructed a temple, and the god inside was named after him Rājasiṃheśvara. Rājasiṃha appears from some of the Inscriptions to have been a contemporary of the early Cālukya prince Pulakesin I., who may be referred to about the year 550 A.D., as his son Kīrtivarman I, came to the throne about the year 567 A.D”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Kāñcīpura (काञ्चीपुर):—[=kāñcī-pura] [from kāñcī] n. Name of a town (Kāñcī), [Kāśikā-vṛtti on Pāṇini 6-2, 99]

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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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