Karnika, Karṇika, Karṇikā: 21 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Karṇika (कर्णिक).—Name of a settlement (janapada) situated near the seven great mountains on the western side of mount Naiṣadha, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 83. These settlements consume the water flowing from these seven great mountains (Viśākha, Kambala, Jayanta, Kṛṣṇa, Harita, Aśoka and Vardhamāna). Niṣadha (Naiṣadha) is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Karṇikā (कर्णिका).—One of the eleven Devakanyakās who sang and danced in the Janmotsava of Arjuna. The others are: Menakā, Sahajanyā, Puñjikasthalā, Ṛtusthalā, Ghṛtācī, Viśvācī, Pūrvacitti, Ullocā, Pramlocā and Urvaśī. (Chapter 123, Ādi Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Karṇikā (कर्णिका).—Wife of Kaṅka and mother of Ṛtadhāman and Jaya.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 44.

1b) The tendril of the world lotus; Atri regards it as 100 cornered, Bhṛgu as 1000 cornered, Bhāguri, square, Vārṣāyaṇi Sāmudra, Gālava, tray-shaped, Gārgya like braided hair and Kroṣtuki circle-like. Each had only partial knowledge; Brahmā alone knows it entire.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 34. 58-69.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Karṇika (कर्णिक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.28.48, VI.10.58) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Karṇika) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Karṇikā (कर्णिका) refers to a type of ornament (ābharaṇa) for the ears (karṇa) to be worn by females, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. Such ornaments for females should be used in cases of human females and celestial beings (gods and goddesses).

Ābharaṇa (‘ornaments’, eg., karṇikā) is a category of alaṃkāra, or “decorations”, which in turn is a category of nepathya, or “costumes and make-up”, the perfection of which forms the main concern of the Āhāryābhinaya, or “extraneous representation”, a critical component for a successful dramatic play.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: Vaisnava Agamas And Visnu Images

Karṇikā (कर्णिका) refers to “ear-rings”, representing a type of ear-ornament (karṇabhūṣaṇa) for females, as defined in treatises such as the Pāñcarātra, Pādmasaṃhitā and Vaikhānasa-āgamas, extensively dealing with the technical features of temple art, iconography and architecture in Vaishnavism.—A number of ear-ornaments (Karṇabhūṣaṇa) are found in Indian sculptures. Bharata mentions two sets one for male and another for female. The ear-ornament for female are [viz., karṇikā (ear-ring)]

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms

1) Karṇikā (कर्णिका):—Spike like projection

2) Polyp like granulomatous growth developed when there is bite of poisonous insect / rat.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Karṇikā (कर्णिका) refers to “lotus receptacle (upper part of mahāpīṭha or substitute altar §§ 3.9; 5.11, 13).”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Karṇikā (कर्णिका) refers to one of the sacred trees mentioned in the Kaulāvalinirṇaya.—Trees, forests and groves close to human settlements have been venerated throughout the subcontinent up to the present day as the abodes of deities and a range of supernatural beings. [...] In the Kaula and related Tantras, such beings came to be identified with Yoginīs and so the trees they inhabited as Yakṣinīs came to be venerated as Kula trees (kulavṛkṣa) in which Yoginīs reside. The Kaulāvalinirṇaya enjoins that the adept should bow to the Kula and the Lord of Kula when he sees one of these trees [i.e., Karṇikā] and recollect that Yoginīs reside in them.

2) Karṇikā (कर्णिका) refers to the “calix (of the lotus)” [?], according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “The god, possessing a subtle body (puryaṣṭaka), resides in the lotus of the heart. (His) form is that of a Kadamba bud and (shines) like a firefly. O beloved, the great, and divine Self is present there, located in the calix (of the lotus) [i.e., karṇikā-stha]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Karṇikā (कर्णिका) is the name of a Vākchomā (‘verbal secrect sign’) which has its meaning defined as ‘ghaṇṭā’ according to chapter 8 of the 9th-century Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja, a scripture belonging to the Buddhist Cakrasaṃvara (or Saṃvara) scriptural cycle. These Vākchomās (viz., karṇikā) are meant for verbal communication and can be regarded as popular signs, since they can be found in the three biggest works of the Cakrasaṃvara literature.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

karṇikā (कर्णिका).—f S The pericarp of a lotus. 2 The middle finger.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Karṇika (कर्णिक).—a.

1) Having ears.

2) Having a helm.

-kaḥ A steersman.

-kā 1 An ear-ring; रत्नरञ्जितकर्णिकाम् (ratnarañjitakarṇikām) Śiva. B.2.5; वदनेनाकुलकर्णिकोज्जवलेन (vadanenākulakarṇikojjavalena) Bu. Ch.5.55.

2) A knot, round protuberance.

3) Pericarp of a lotus.

4) A small brush or pen.

5) The middle finger.

6) A fruit-stalk.

7) The tip of an elephant's trunk.

8) Chalk.

9) A trowel.

1) A bawd.

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

Karṇika (कर्णिक).—(1) m. or nt., only in cīvara-k°, edge, border, (of robe), = -karṇaka, q.v.: m. °ko Divyāvadāna 90.25; 239.27; 577.8; nt. °kāny Divyāvadāna 350.2; ambiguous as to gender, Divyāvadāna 90.17, 22; 239.25; 341.3, 4; 345.16; Śikṣāsamuccaya 249.2; (2) nt. (= Sanskrit karṇikā, AMg. kaṇṇiyā), ear-ornament: Mahāvyutpatti 6022 = Tibetan rna cha.

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

Karṇika (कर्णिक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) 1. Having large or long ears. 2. Having ears. 3. Having a helm. m.

(-kaḥ) A steersman. f.

(-kā) 1. An ear-ring or ornament of the ear. 2. The pericarp of a lotus. 3. The middle finger. 4. The tip of an elephant’s trunk. 5. A fruit-stalk. 6. A pen or small brush. 7. A plant, (Premna spinosa, &c.) see agnimantha. E. karṇa the ear, &c. ika affix; or kan and ṭāp affs.

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

Karṇikā (कर्णिका).—i. e. karṇa + ka or ika, f. 1. An ornament of the ear, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 199, 1. 2. The pericarp of the lotus, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 22, 25. 3. The name of an Apsaras, Mahābhārata 1, 428.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Karṇika (कर्णिक) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a medical author. Quoted Burnell. 70^b.

2) Karṇika (कर्णिक):—a medical author. Quoted Burnell. 70^b.

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

1) Karṇikā (कर्णिका):—[from karṇaka > karṇa] a f. ([Pāṇini 4-3, 65]) an ear-ring or ornament for the ear, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Daśakumāra-carita] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] a knot-like tubercle, [Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] a round protuberance (as at the end of a reed or a tube), [Suśruta]

4) [v.s. ...] the pericarp of a lotus, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa] etc.

5) [v.s. ...] central point, centre, [Caraka; Bālarāmāyaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] the tip of an elephant’s trunk, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] the middle finger, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] chalk, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] a pen, small brush, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] Premna spinosa or longifolia, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) [v.s. ...] Odina pinnata, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

12) [v.s. ...] a bawd, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

13) [v.s. ...] Name of an Apsaras, [Mahābhārata]

14) Karṇika (कर्णिक):—[from karṇa] mfn. having ears, having large or long ears, [Horace H. Wilson]

15) [v.s. ...] having a helm, [Horace H. Wilson]

16) [v.s. ...] m. a steersman, [Horace H. Wilson]

17) [v.s. ...] a kind of fever, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

18) [v.s. ...] Name of a king in Potāla

19) [v.s. ...] m. [plural] Name of a people, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

20) [v.s. ...] mn. the pericarp of a lotus, [Mahābhārata]

21) [v.s. ...] n. a kind of arrow (the top being shaped like an ear), [Śārṅgadhara]

22) Karṇikā (कर्णिका):—[from karṇa] b See karṇaka.

23) Kārṇika (कार्णिक):—[from kārṇa] mf(ī)n. relating to the ear, [Horace H. Wilson]

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

Karṇika (कर्णिक):—[karṇi-ka] (kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) a. Having ears, or a helm. 1. m. A steersman. () 1. f. An ear-ring; pericarp of a lotus; tip of an elephant’s trunk; the middle finger; a fruit stalk; a pen or brush; a plant.

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

Karṇikā (कर्णिका) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Kaṇṇiā.

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