Kandaprishtha, aka: Kāṇḍapṛṣṭha, Kanda-prishtha; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Kāṇḍapṛṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Kandaprstha or Kandaprishtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

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Kāṇḍapṛṣṭha (काण्डपृष्ठ, “arrow-backed ”) is a Sanskrit technical term, referring to “soldier” (a Brāhman who lives by making arrows and other weapons). The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti.

According to Nārada (1.56-60): “When a Brāhmaṇa has lived through the times of distress, with the wealth acquired by following the occupations of the Kṣatriya, he must perform a penance and relinquish those occupations. When a Brāhmaṇa takes delight in those occupations and persists in them, he is declared to be a Kāṇḍapṛṣṭha and must be expelled from society, because he has swerved from the path of duty.”

(Also see the Manubhāṣya 10.81 [comparative-notes])

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Kāṇḍapṛṣṭha (काण्डपृष्ठ).—

1) one of the military profession, a soldier; cf. काण्डस्पृष्टः (kāṇḍaspṛṣṭaḥ).

2) the husband of a Vaiśya woman.

3) an adopted son, any other than one's own son.

4) (as a term of reproach) a base-born fellow, one who is faithless to his family, caste, religion, profession &c. In Mv.3 Jāmadagnya is styled by शतानन्द (śatānanda) as काण्डपृष्ठ (kāṇḍapṛṣṭha). (svakulaṃ pṛṣṭhataḥ kṛtvā yo vai parakulaṃ vrajet | tena duścaritenāsau kāṇḍapṛṣṭha iti smṛtaḥ ||).

Derivable forms: kāṇḍapṛṣṭhaḥ (काण्डपृष्ठः).

Kāṇḍapṛṣṭha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kāṇḍa and pṛṣṭha (पृष्ठ).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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