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Kanyadana, aka: Kanyādāna, Kanya-dana; 2 Definition(s)


Kanyadana 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.

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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: SaundaryalaharīŚāktism book cover
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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)Purāṇa book cover
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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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