Kankala, aka: Kaṅkāla, Kaṅkala; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Kaṅkāla is given by Watt (op. cit., vol. vi, pt. 1, p. 256) as the Bombay vernacular of Piper chaba, commonly known as Bakek. Ridley (Spices, p. 320) says it is especially used as a substitute for betel leaves when travelling in places where the fresh leaves are not procurable. It seems, therefore, that pān would not be needed in a “chew” that already included kaṅkāla. It should not be confused with kankola, the Marathi for Piper cubeba, or cubebs.

Source: archive.org: The ocean of story. vol. 8
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

1) Kaṅkāla (कङ्काल) or Kaṅkālamūrti refers to one of the twenty-three forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Pūrvakāmikāgama (pratimālakṣaṇavidhi-paṭala): first and foremost among the Mūlāgama. The forms of Śiva (eg., Kaṅkāla) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.

2) Kaṅkāla is also listed among the twenty-eighth forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Vātulāgama: twenty-eighth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgama.

3) Kaṅkāla is also listed among the eighteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Kāraṇāgama (pratimālakṣaṇavidhi-paṭala): the fourth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgamas.

4) Kaṅkāla is also listed among the eighteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Śilparatna (twenty-second adhyāya): a technical treatise by Śrīkumāra on Śilpaśāstra.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Kaṅkala, (Sk. kaṅkāla & cp. śṛṅkhala (as kaṇṇa›śṛnga), orig. meaning “chain”) skeleton; only in cpd. atthi°. Aṭṭhikaṅkal’ūpamā kāmā Vin. II, 25; M. I, 130, 364; J. V, 210; Th. 1, 1150 (°kuṭika): aṭṭhikaṅkalasannibha Th. 2, 488 (=ThA. 287; cp. Morris, J. P. T. S. 1885, 75): aṭṭhikaṅkala aṭṭhi-puñja aṭṭhi-rāsi S. II, 185=It. 17 (but in the verses on same page: puggalass’aṭṭhisañcayo). Cp. aṭṭhisaṅkhalikā PvA. 152; aṭṭhika saṅkhalikā J. I, 433; aṭṭhi-saṅghāṭa Th. 1, 60. (Page 174)

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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kaṅkāḷā (कंकाळा).—a (Poetry.) Cruel, savage, truculent.

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

Kaṅkālā (कङ्काला) or Kaṅkāla (कङ्काल).—A skeleton; जरत्कङ्कालमालोक्यते (jaratkaṅkālamālokyate) Māl. 5.14. किं न पश्यति भवान् विपन्नपन्नगानेककङ्कालसंकुलं महाश्मशानम् (kiṃ na paśyati bhavān vipannapannagānekakaṅkālasaṃkulaṃ mahāśmaśānam) | Nāg.4. कङ्कालक्रीडनोत्कः कलितकलकलः कालकालीकलत्रः (kaṅkālakrīḍanotkaḥ kalitakalakalaḥ kālakālīkalatraḥ) Udb.

-laḥ A particuler mode in music.

Derivable forms: kaṅkālāḥ (कङ्कालाः), kaṅkālam (कङ्कालम्).

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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