Karnikacala, Karṇikācala, Karnika-acala: 8 definitions


Karnikacala 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Karnikachala.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Karnikacala in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Karṇikācala (कर्णिकाचल) (‘lotus mountain’) is another name for Meru: a mountain mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.9. Accordingly as Kāma related to Brahmā:—“[...] Even as I entered the zone, the living beings fell into my power but lord Śiva and his Gaṇas were not moved at all. O Brahmā, when Śiva went to the Himālayan ridge, Rati, Spring and I reached the place. Wherever He went whether on Meru (or Karṇikācala) Nāgakeśara or Kailāsa, I too went there immediately”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Karṇikācala (कर्णिकाचल) is another for Sumeru: a mountain mentioned in the Gupta inscription No. 17 and 32. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Sumeru is identified with Rudra Himālaya in Garhwal, where the river Gaṅgā has its source, it is near Badarikāśrama.

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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»] — Karnikacala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Karṇikācala (कर्णिकाचल).—Name of the mountain सुमेरु (sumeru).

Derivable forms: karṇikācalaḥ (कर्णिकाचलः).

Karṇikācala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karṇika and acala (अचल).

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

Karṇikācala (कर्णिकाचल).—m.

(-laḥ) The fabulous mountain Sumeru. E. karṇikā the seed vessel of a lotus, and acala a mountain, Meru being in the centre of the world, the divisions of which are delineated as the leaves of a lotus; also other compounds, as karṇikādri, &c.

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

Karṇikācala (कर्णिकाचल):—[from karṇikā > karṇa] m. ‘the central mountain’ ([karṇikāyāṃ sthito calaḥ, [Tārānātha tarkavācaspati’s Vācaspatyam, Sanskrit dictionary]]) Name of Meru, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. [Bhāgavata-purāṇa v, 16, 7.])

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

Karṇikācala (कर्णिकाचल):—[karṇikā+cala] (laḥ) 1. m. The fabulous mountain Sumeru.

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Karnikacala 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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