Kancuka, aka: Kañcuka; 9 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Kanchuka.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Kañcuka (कञ्चुक):—Represents five factors of limitation that occur in the second stage during the unity of Śiva and Śakti (subject and object). Their unity is initiated upon the cosmic process of creation.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Kañcuka (कञ्चुक).—Human souls are subject to mala, māyā and karma. Such souls are equipped with five derivatives from māyā that are called kañcukas:

  1. kalā-tattva (a limited capacity for agency),
  2. vidyā-tattva (a limited capacity for sensory perception and other intellectual acts),
  3. niyati-tattva (a principle of causal regularity),
  4. rāga-tattva (an interest in the bojects of experience),
  5. kāla-tattva (our experience of time and its successiveness)
Source: Google Books: An Introduction to Indian Philosophy (Shaivism)

Kañcuka (कञ्चुक).—Kalā, vidyā, and rāga form a special inner group among the five kañcukas, such that these three alone are sometimes referred to with the term kaṅcuka even where the existence also of kāla and niyati is acknowledged (as here). Jayaratha ad loc., following the lead given by Abhinavagupta in his avatārikā in Tantrāloka 9:206ab, asserts that the Śivatanuśāstra too knows six kañcukas (including māyā as the sixth), arguing that kāla and niyati are not mentioned not because they are held not to exist but because they are purified (in initiation) when one purifies the other three, and to this effect he quotes a prose statement that he attributes to the Ruruvṛtti, and which therefore may have belonged to a lost section of Sadyojyotis’s commentary on the Rauravasūtrasaṅgraha.

Source: archive.org: The Parakhya Tantra
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Kañcuka (कञ्चुक, “chamberlain”) is an official title designating one of the seventy-two officers (niyoga) of the Bāhattaraniyogādhipati circle, according to the Inscriptional glossary of Andhra Pradesh (Śāsana-śabdakośāmu). The bāhattaraniyoga-adhipati is the highest executive officer of this circle (including a Kañcuka). For example: During the reign of Gaṇapatideva, the area extending between Pānagal to Mārjavāḍi was entrusted to Gaṇḍapeṇḍāru Gangayasāhiṇi as Bāhattaraniyogādhipati. Later on, this office was entrusted to Kāyastha Jannigadeva.

Source: Shodhganga: Kakati Ganapatideva and his times (artha)
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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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kañcuka : (m.) a jacket; an over-coat; an armour; mantle; the slough of a snake.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kañcuka, (from kañc (kac) to bind, cp. Gr. kάkala fetter, Sk. kañcuka) 1. a closely fitting jacket, a bodice Vin. I, 306=II. 267; A. I, 145; DhA. III, 295 (paṭa°ṃ paṭimuncitvā dressed in a close bodice); PvA. 63 (urago tacaṃ kañcukaṃ omuñcanto viya).—2. the slough of a snake (cp. 1) DA. I, 222.—3. armour, coat of mail J. V, 128 (sannāha°); DA. I, 157 (of leather); Dāvs. V, 14.—4. a case, covering, encasement; of one pagoda incasing another: Mhvs. I, 42. (Page 176)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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kañcuka (कंचुक).—m (S) A jacket or sleeved waistcoat; a sort of covering for the upper body. 2 The exuvies or slough of a snake. 3 Husk, rind, peel, skin, shell; an integument or envelope gen. 4 A coat or mail: also armour more gen. 5 (Poetry.) A coating or covering gen. as nabhācā kaṃ0 &c.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kañcuka (कंचुक).—m A sleeved waistcoat. Husk. A coating.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kañcuka (कञ्चुक).—

1) An armour, mail; घनाश्च कञ्चुकाः (ghanāśca kañcukāḥ) Śi.1.45. The skin of a snake, slough; भोगिनः कञ्चुकाविष्टाः (bhoginaḥ kañcukāviṣṭāḥ) Pt.1.65.

2) आस्तां स्वस्तिकलक्ष्म वक्षसि, तनौ नालोक्यते कञ्चुकः (āstāṃ svastikalakṣma vakṣasi, tanau nālokyate kañcukaḥ) Nāg.5.17.

3) A dress, grab, cloth (in general); धर्म° प्रवेशिनः (dharma° praveśinaḥ) Ś.5; कपटधर्म° (kapaṭadharma°) Dk.29.

4) A dress fitting close to the upper part of the body, robe; अन्तःकञ्चुकिकञ्चुकस्य विशति त्रासादयं वामनः (antaḥkañcukikañcukasya viśati trāsādayaṃ vāmanaḥ) Ratn.2.3; सुभाषितरसास्वादजातरोमाञ्च- कञ्चुकम् (subhāṣitarasāsvādajātaromāñca- kañcukam) Pt.2.1.68.

5) A bodice, jacket; क्वचिदिवेन्द्रगजाजिन- कञ्चुकाः (kvacidivendragajājina- kañcukāḥ) Śi.6.51,12.2; Amaru.81; (Phrase:nindati kañcukakāraṃ prāyaḥ śuṣkastanī nārī; cf. "a bad workman quarrels with his tools").

6) A kind of drawers or short breeches.

7) A strap of leather.

8) Husk.

Derivable forms: kañcukaḥ (कञ्चुकः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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