Kangu, aka: Kaṅgu; 6 Definition(s)


Kangu means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Kaṅgu (कङ्गु) is a kind of Panic seed, Panicum italicum, several varieties of which are cultivated and form articles of food for the poor.

According to the Bṛhat-saṃhita 8.10: “In the jyeṣṭha year of Jupiter, the chief men of every caste, of every family, of every opulent class and of every village as well as princes and learned men will suffer miseries; and grains excepting kaṅgu and pod grains will suffer”.

Source: archive.org: The Bṛhat-saṃhitā of Varāha-mihira
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Kaṅgu (कङ्गु)—One of the field-crops mentioned in the Jātakas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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kaṅgu : (f.) millet (seed).

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kaṅgu, (f.) (derivation unknown, prob. non-Aryan, cp. Sk. kaṅgu) the panic seed, Panicum Italicum; millet, used as food by the poor (cp. piyaṅgu); mentioned as one of the seven kinds of grains (see dhañña) at Vin. IV, 264; DA. I, 78.—Miln. 267; Mhvs 32, 30.

—piṭṭha millet flour, in °maya made of m. meal J. VI, 581. —bhatta a dish of (boiled) millet meal Vism. 418 (in simile). (Page 175)

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

kāṅgū (कांगू).—m (kaṅgu S) A kind of Panic seed, Panicum Italicum.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

Kaṅgu (कङ्गु).—n. (- f.) [kaṅgunī] A kind of Panic seed (four kinds of it are mentioned in Bhāva P.). (Mar. rāḷā.)

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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