Kanyakubja, Kānyakubja, Kanyākubja, Kanya-kubja: 15 definitions


Kanyakubja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kanyakubja (कन्यकुब्ज).—(KĀNYAKUBJA). General information. A city of Purāṇic fame on the banks of the river Gaṅgā. This is the same place which is now known as Kanauj. Viśvāmitra was the son of Gādhi, King of Kanyākubja. (See full article at Story of Kanyakubja from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kānyakubja (कान्यकुब्ज).—A city of Ajāmila.1 Its citizens were vanquished by Paraśurāma;2 sacred to Gaurī.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 1. 21.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 39. 11; 41. 39; IV. 44. 94.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 29.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kanyakubja (कन्यकुब्ज) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIII.4.17, XIII.4). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kanyakubja) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Kanyakubja also refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.85.12).

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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Kanyakubja in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Kanyākubja (कन्याकुब्ज) is the name of an ancient city, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 61. Accordingly, as Gomukha said to Naravāhanadatta: “... there was a king in Kanyākubja, named Candrāpīḍa. And he had a servant named Dhavalamukha. And he, whenever he came to his house, had eaten and drunk abroad”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kanyākubja, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Kanyakubja in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kanyākubja (कन्याकुब्ज) is associated with letter "Ū" (adorned with anusvāra) of the Meruprasta (Grid of Meru), according to the Ṭīkā (commentary) on the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, [while describing the process to extract Navātman from the grid of Meru]: “Now one should extract (Navātman) again from the grid of Meru. [...] The one beginning with Ka is Kanyākubja, the letter Ū adorned with anusvāra. [...] Thus (we get) SAHAKṢAMALAVARAYA-ŪṂ. Such is the basic form in the entire tradition (and so) the extraction of Navātman is complete. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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India history and geography

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Architecture (1): Early and Classical Architecture (h)

Kanyakubja (modern Kanauj) is an archaeologically important site dating to the Ganges civilization (1000 BCE).—Nearly a millennium after the Indus civilization had collapsed, the Ganges civilization arose in the first millennium BCE. Among the first cities were, for example, Kanyakubja in today’s Uttar Pradesh.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kanyakubja in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kānyakubja (कान्यकुब्ज).—Name of a city; see कन्याकुब्ज (kanyākubja).

Derivable forms: kānyakubjaḥ (कान्यकुब्जः).

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Kanyākubja (कन्याकुब्ज).—Name of a country.

-bjam Name of an ancient city in the north of India, situated on a tributary of the Ganges, now called Kanoja.

Derivable forms: kanyākubjaḥ (कन्याकुब्जः).

Kanyākubja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kanyā and kubja (कुब्ज).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kanyākubja (कन्याकुब्ज).—m.

(-bjaḥ) Kanyakubja or Kinnoge, an ancient city of great note, in the north of Hindustan, known to classical geography as Cannogyza: the name also applies to its dependencies or the surrounding district; also kānyakubja. E. kanyā a girl, and kubja roundshouldered, crooked; the etymology, alludes to a legend relating to the one hundred daughters of Kusanab'Ha the king of this city, who were all rendered crooked by Vayu, for non-compliance with his licentious desires.

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Kānyakubja (कान्यकुब्ज).—m.

(-bjaḥ) A country, the modern Konouj; also kanyākubja.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kanyakubja (कन्यकुब्ज).—i. e. kanyā -kubja (with shortened ā), f. The name of a town, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 34, 37.

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Kānyakubja (कान्यकुब्ज).—i. e. kanyakubja + a, n. The name of a city, the modern Canouj, [Pañcatantra] 244, 22.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kanyakubja (कन्यकुब्ज).—[neuter] [Name] of a town.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Kanyakubja (कन्यकुब्ज):—[=kanya-kubja] [from kanya > kana] n. (f(ā). , [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]), Name of an ancient city of great note (in the north-western provinces of India, situated on the kālī nadī, a branch of the Gaṅgā, in the modern district of Farrukhabad; the popular spelling of the name presents, perhaps, greater variations than that of any place in India e.g. Kanauj, Kunnoj, Kunnouj, Kinoge, Kinnoge, Kinnauj, Kanoj, Kannauj, Kunowj, Canowj Canoje, Canauj, etc.; in antiquity this city ranks next to Ayodhyā in Oude; it is known in classical geography as Canogyza; but the name applies also to its dependencies and the surrounding district; the current etymology [kanyā, ‘a girl’, shortened to kanya, and kubja, ‘round-shouldered or crooked’] refers to a legend in [Rāmāyaṇa i, 32, 11 ff.], relating to the hundred daughters of Kuśanābha, the king of this city, who were all rendered crooked by Vāyu for non-compliance with his licentious desires; the ruins of the ancient city are said to occupy a site larger than that of London), [Mahābhārata; Kathāsaritsāgara etc.]

2) Kanyākubja (कन्याकुब्ज):—[=kanyā-kubja] [from kanyā > kana] f(ā)n. = kanya-kubja above, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) Kānyakubja (कान्यकुब्ज):—n. Name of a city (= kanya-kubja q.v.), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa] etc.

4) mf(ī)n. belonging to or dwelling in Kānyakubja

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Kanyākubja (कन्याकुब्ज):—[kanyā-kubja] (bjaḥ) 1. m. A place in the north of Hindustān, Kinnoge.

2) Kānyakubja (कान्यकुब्ज):—(bjaḥ) 1. m. The name of a country, the modern Kanouj.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Kānyakubja (कान्यकुब्ज) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Kaṇṇaujja.

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