Kanvashiras, Kāṇvaśiras: 1 definition



Kanvashiras means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Kāṇvaśiras can be transliterated into English as Kanvasiras or Kanvashiras, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kāṇvaśiras (काण्वशिरस्).—A caste. Originally they were Kṣatriyas. In Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 35, Verse 17 we find that they were reduced to low caste because of their being jealous of the superiority of the Brāhmaṇas.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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