Kanyakumari, Kanyākumārī, Kanya-kumari, Kanyākumāri: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Kanyākumārī (कन्याकुमारी, “the virgin-girl”).—One of the names of the Goddess, Devī, who is regarded as the female principle of the divine; the embodiement of the energies of the Gods.

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kanyākumārī (कन्याकुमारी) (identified with Cape Comorin on the shores of the southernmost tip of India) refers to one of the ten places visited by the Goddess on her pilgrimage, according to Tantric texts such as the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, when the goddess emerges out of the Liṅga, she reluctantly leaves the beautiful Island of the Moon she loves. She sets out on the pilgrimage Bhairava has ordained for her to spread the Command and to finally unite with him. She will go to ten places (i.e., Kanyākumārī), all of which are already sacred sites where goddesses reside.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kanyākumārī (कन्याकुमारी).—(KANYAKŪPA; KANYĀTĪRTHA) General information. Mahābhārata makes references in many places to Kanyākumārī, the southern extremity of former Kerala and Gokarṇa, the northern boundary. It must, therefore, be surmised that these two holy places were very ancient ones. Vana Parva, praises Kanyākumārī at many places. If any one bathes at this place one will become very famous. (Anuśāsana Parva, Mahābhārata). (See full article at Story of Kanyākumārī from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kanyakumari in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kanyākumārī (कन्याकुमारी).—f The southern promontory of the peninsula of India. From this word is corrupted Cape Comorin.

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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 dictionary

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

Kanyākumāri (कन्याकुमारि).—f.,

Kanyākumāri is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kanyā and kumāri (कुमारि).

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

1) Kanyakumārī (कन्यकुमारी):—[=kanya-kumārī] [from kanya > kana] f. Name of Durgā, [Taittirīya-āraṇyaka]

2) Kanyākumārī (कन्याकुमारी):—[=kanyā-kumārī] [from kanyā > kana] f. = kanya-ku.

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Kanyakumari in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kanyakumari in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kanyākumāri (ಕನ್ಯಾಕುಮಾರಿ):—

1) [noun] Goddess Pārvat, the virgin goddess.

2) [noun] the southernmost point of India, the holy place of this goddess.

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Kanyākumāri (ಕನ್ಯಾಕುಮಾರಿ):—[noun] the plant Aloe barbadensis (= A.vera) of Liliaceae family.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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