Karnikara, Karṇikārā, Karṇikāra: 13 definitions
Karnikara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Karṇikāra (कर्णिकार) is a Sanskrit word referring to one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The presiding deity residing over the liṅga in this place (Karṇikāra) is named Gajādhyakṣa. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas is found in the commentary of the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Wisdom Library: Purāṇas
Karṇikāra (कर्णिकार) refers to a variety of maṇḍapa (halls attached to the temple), according to the Matsya-purāṇa (verses 270.1-30). The karṇikāra-maṇḍapa is to be built with 20 pillars (stambha). The Matsyapurāṇa is one of the eighteen major purāṇas dating from the 1st-millennium BCE.
Accordingly (verse 270.15-17), “These maṇḍapas (eg., karṇikāra) should be either made triangular, circular, octagonal or with 16 sides or they are square. They promote kingdoms, victory, longevity, sons, wife and nourishment respecitvely. Temples of other shape than these are inauspicious.”Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
1) Karṇikāra (कर्णिकार) refers to the “pericarp” of the lotus (paṅkaja) that sprang from the navel of Nārāyaṇa while sleeping, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.7:—“when lord Nārāyaṇa continued to sleep, an excellent lotus (paṅkaja) of huge size came out of his navel as desired by Śiva. It was many Yojanas wide and high. It had an endless stalk. The pericarp (karṇikāra) was of a brilliant hue. It was very beautiful with the brilliance of ten million suns. It was wonderful, excellent and worthy of vision containing Tattvas”.
2) Karṇikāra (कर्णिकार) is the name of a plant which is used in the worship of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.14:—“[...] Karavīra flowers measure three times that. Scholars say that the flowers of Nirguṇḍī too measure likewise. In Karṇikāra and Śirīṣa flowers too, the same mode of calculation holds good. Ten prasthas of Bandhujīva flowers constitute a hundred thousand. [...] The devotee shall perform the worship of Śiva with different flowers after considering these modes of calculation for the fulfilment of desires if he has any or for the sake of salvation if he has no desire”.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Karṇikāra (कर्णिकार).—A son of Jaṭāyu.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 6. 36.
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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam
Karṇikāra (कर्णिकार) is the name of a tree found in maṇidvīpa (Śakti’s abode), according to the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa 12.10. Accordingly, these trees always bear flowers, fruits and new leaves, and the sweet fragrance of their scent is spread across all the quarters in this place. The trees (eg. Karṇikāra) attract bees and birds of various species and rivers are seen flowing through their forests carrying many juicy liquids. Maṇidvīpa is defined as the home of Devī, built according to her will. It is compared with Sarvaloka, as it is superior to all other lokas.
The Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa, or Śrīmad-devī-bhāgavatam, is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, a type of Sanskrit literature containing cultural information on ancient India, religious/spiritual prescriptions and a range of topics concerning the various arts and sciences. The whole text is composed of 18,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 6th century.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Sanskrit Literature: Karnikara
The karṇikāra is difficult to pin down with certainty. In most instances it seems to be a tree with distinctive yellow flowers that are often compared to torches or oil lamps.
karṇikāra-latāḥ phulla-kusum’-ākula-ṣaṭpadāḥ |
sa-kajjala-śikhā rejur dīpa-mālā iv’ ojjvalāḥ ||
(Verse 1655 in the Subhashitavali, attributed to Indradatta)
“The karṇikāra tendrils with bees thronging the full blown flowers shone like blazing strings of soot-tipped lamps. ”
puṣpit-āgrāṃś ca paśy’ emān karṇikārān samantataḥ |
hāṭaka-pratisamchannān narān pīt’ambarān iva ||
(Chapter 1 of Kiṣkhindhā Kāṇḍa of the Rāmāyaṇa – Valmīki)
“And look at these flower-tipped karṇikāras everywhere – they look like men robed in yellow and laden with golden jewellery.”
The karṇikāra also appears with red flowers at times and Kale, in his gloss on the tree’s appearance in the Ṛtusaṃhāra, notes that it can have either red or yellow flowers.
varṇa-prakarṣe sati karṇikāraṃ dunoti nirgandatayā sma cetaḥ |
prāyeṇa sāmagrya-vidhau guṇānāṃ prāṅ-mukhī viśva-sṛjaḥ pravṛttiḥ ||
(3.26 Kumārasaṃbhava – Kālidāsa)
“For all its magnificent colour the karṇikāra troubled the mind – for it gave out no smell. The creator tends not to favour bestowing a complete set of qualities on a thing.”
The Amarakoṣa gives only two alternative names for the karṇikāra: drumotpala and parivyādha. In Monier Williams, all three are identified with the Pterospermum Acerifolium. The karṇikāra is also though identified as the Cathartocarpus Fistula. Apte says that the karṇikāra is the Cassia Fistula, which could be another name for the Carthartocarpus Fistula. The Pandanus database says that the Cassia Fistula is either āgravadha or kṛtmāla in Sanskrit, which the Amarakośa corroborates listing eight names for the tree – none of which is karṇikāra (or indeed drumotpala or parivyādha). It does not thus seem possible to say for sure that the karṇikāra is the cassia fistula, but this seems the most likely fit.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
The karnikāra flower (Pterospermum acerifolium);
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Google Books: Divine Stories: Divyavadana
Karṇikāra (कर्णिकार) refers to a tree from the island of Uttarakuru, where trees are said to bear perpetual fruit and foliage.
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Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) Name of a tree; Cassia fistula. The golden yellow flower of this tree has its petals bending inwards so that the flower looks like a saucer. Its stamens and style are longer than the petals and looks like so many wicks juttling out of an oil lamp. cf. Vikra.3.3. निर्भिद्योपरि कर्णिकारमुकुलान्यालीयते षट्पदः (nirbhidyopari karṇikāramukulānyālīyate ṣaṭpadaḥ) V.2.23; Ṛs.6.6, 2.
2) The pericarp of a lotus.
-ram A flower of the Karṇikāra tree. (This flower, though it has an excellent colour, has no smell and hence it is not liked; cf. Ku.3.28. :-varṇaprakarṣe sati karṇikāraṃ dunoti nirgandhatayā sma cetaḥ | prāyeṇa sāmagryavidhau guṇānāṃ parāṅmukhī viśvasṛjaḥ pravṛttiḥ ||).
Derivable forms: karṇikāraḥ (कर्णिकारः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-raḥ) 1. The name of a tree, commonly Kaniyar, (Pterospermum acerifolium.) 2. A sort of Cassia, (Cassia fistula.) 3. The pericarp of a lotus. E. karṇikā an ornament of the ear, ṛ to go, aṇ affix; also with kan added karṇikāraka.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Karṇikāra (कर्णिकार):—[from karṇa] mfn. ([from] karṇikā, [Boehtlingk & Roth’s Sanskrit-Woerterbuch]; karṇiṃ bhedanaṃ karoti, [Tārānātha tarkavācaspati’s Vācaspatyam, Sanskrit dictionary]), Pterospermum acerifolium, [Mahābhārata; Suśruta] etc.
2) [v.s. ...] Cathartocarpus fistula, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
3) [v.s. ...] n. the flower of Pterospermum acerifolium, [Ṛtusaṃhāra]
4) [v.s. ...] the pericarp of a lotus, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi; Rājataraṅgiṇī]
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