Kapardin: 13 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Kapardin (कपर्दिन्) is the name of a gaṇa (attendant of Śiva), mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa 4.2.53. In this chapter, Śiva (Giriśa) summons his attendants (gaṇas) and ask them to venture towards the city Vārāṇasī (Kāśī) in order to find out what the yoginīs, the sun-god, Vidhi (Brahmā) were doing there.

While the gaṇas such as Kapardin were staying at Kāśī, they were desirous but unable of finding a weakness in king Divodaśa who was ruling there. Kāśī is described as a fascinating place beyond the range of Giriśa’s vision, and as a place where yoginīs become ayoginīs, after having come in contact with it. Kāśī is described as having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

The Skandapurāṇa narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is the largest Mahāpurāṇa composed of over 81,000 metrical verses, with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kapardin (कपर्दिन्).—A name of Śiva;1 a Rudra.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 25. 68; III. 25. 12; IV. 34. 27.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 171. 39; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 122.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Kapardin (कपर्दिन्) is the name of an ancient Śiva devotee, according to the Skandapurāṇa (IV.54.12-74).—The Skandapurāṇa relates the legend associated with Piśācamocana thus: “Once, long ago, there was a devotee of Śiva named Kapardin. He established a liṅga outside Kāśī and built a kuṇḍa called Vimalodaka. A Pāśupata named Vālmīki began practising penance at the kuṇḍa. [...]”.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Sreenivasaraos blog: Bodhayana the Vrttikara – Part One

1) Kapardin is a peculiar name. It does not seem to be the proper name of the person. It is a descriptive term. Kapardin indicates one who has matted, braided hair or hair twisted into a bun on top (Kaparda—kapardi). Rudra is often addressed as Kapardin. And, it seems during the Vedic times some men and women sported braids or plaits of hair. For instance; a woman having four plaits of hair was called Chatush-kapardin; and, the Vasithas wearing their hair in a plait on the right side were known as Dakshinatas-kaparda.

2) It is also said; a certain Kapardin (Ca. 800-25 A.D.) assisted a Rashtrakuta Chieftain in extending his rule in the region due to which act the region came to be known in his honour as Kapardika–Dvipa or Kavadi–Dvipa. The term Kapardika Dvipa occurs in the inscriptions of the Kadamba Kings who ruled over Goa and Banavasi region of North Karnataka. Some surmise that the name of the strip along the west coast – Konkan, may have derived from Kapardika.

India history and geography

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

Kapardin (I) (कपर्दिन्) is the name of king from the Śīlāra dynasty mentioned in the “Prince of Wales museum plates of Chadvaideva”.—Accordingly, “In the family known as Śīlāra there shone the king Kapardin (I), who by his arms vanquished the god of love and who, having churned the ocean, namely, his enemies, bore royal fortune in the form of his golden bracelet... His son was named Pulaśakti, who resembled Pṛthu and was famous like Arjuna. His prowess was well known on the earth. To the feet of that king all his feudatories paid obeisance”.

Kapardin (II) is also mentioned in the same grant. Accordingly, “To Pulaśakti was born a son, also known as Kapardin (i.e. Kapardin II), who became a king. After him was Vappuvana of unmeasured prowess, who ruled over the circle of the earth”.

These copper plates (mentioning Kapardin) were in the collection of George Da Gunha and was purchased by the Trustees of the Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, in 1919. The inscription refers itself to the reign of the Śīlāra (i.e. Śilāhāra) Mahāsāmanta Chadvaideva of North Koṅkaṇ. The object of it is to record that Chadvaideva executed the grant which had been made by Vajjaḍadeva, the son of Goggi, who, as shown below, was Chadvaideva’s elder brother and predecessor on the throne.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kapardin (कपर्दिन्).—a. [kaparda-ini]

1) Shaggy.

2) Wearing braided and matted hair. -m. Name of Śiva; पुष्पोपहारं शनकैः करिष्यामि कपर्दिनः (puṣpopahāraṃ śanakaiḥ kariṣyāmi kapardinaḥ) Rām.7.31.34.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kapardin (कपर्दिन्).—name of a nāga: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 454.15.

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

Kapardin (कपर्दिन्).—i. e. kaparda + in, m. A name of Śiva, Mahābhārata 3, 1624.

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

Kapardin (कपर्दिन्).—[adjective] wearing braided or knotted hair (v. kaparda), shaggy (of a bull); [masculine] [Epithet] of Śiva etc.

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

1) Kapardin (कपर्दिन्):—[from kaparda] mfn. wearing braided and knotted hair (like the cowrie shell), [Ṛg-veda; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā] (said of Rudra, Pūṣan, etc.)

2) [v.s. ...] shaggy, [Ṛg-veda x, 102, 8]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva, [Gautama-dharma-śāstra; Mahābhārata] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] of one of the eleven Rudras, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] of a Yakṣa, [Śatruṃjaya-māhātmya]

6) [v.s. ...] of an author, [Sāyaṇa on Ṛg-veda i, 60, 1]

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

Kapardin (कपर्दिन्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Kayaḍḍi, Kavaḍḍi.

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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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