Kanyadana, aka: Kanyādāna, Kanya-dana; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Śāktism (Śākta philosophy)

Kanyādāna (कन्यादान).—Marriage ceremony; where the girl is given as a gift to groom’s family. This is only a gift and no monetary or material transactions are involved. Bride’s father is the one, who gives the gift to the groom.

(Source): Manblunder: Saundaryalaharī
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Śākta (शाक्त, shakta) or Śāktism (shaktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devī) is revered and worshipped. Śākta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.


Kanyādāna (कन्यादान) refers to “giving of the daughter away, in marriage”.—The Śivapurāṇa says that Himavat in the company of Menā gave his daughter Pārvatī to Śiva in marriage (Rudrasaṃhitā, Chapter 48) Also in the Girijākalyāṇamahāprabandham (in Kannaḍa) the poet Harihara writes that Himālaya in the company of his lawful wife Menādevī performed the kanyādāna. According to some traditions Viṣṇu would have played the role of Pārvatī’s brother and done the kanyādāna.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Marathi-English dictionary

kanyādāna (कन्यादान) [or कन्याप्रदान, kanyāpradāna].—(S) Giving a daughter in marriage.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kanyādāna (कन्यादान) [-pradāna, -प्रदान].—n Giving a daughter in marriage.

(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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