Kartukama, Kartukāma, Kartukāmā: 5 definitions


Kartukama 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Kartukāmā (कर्तुकामा) refers to “(one who is) desirous of making (doing)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.22 (“Description of Pārvatī’s penance”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī’s maids said to Menakā: “O mother, O gentle lady, please listen to the words of your daughter. Obeisance be to you. You will listen with pleasure and act accordingly. For the sake of attaining Śiva, your daughter wishes to perform a severe penance. She has secured the permission of her father. She now wants to seek it from you. O chaste lady, she is desirous of making [i.e., kartukāmā] her beauty fruitful. If your permission too is received, the penance can be performed”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Kartukama in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Kartukāma (कर्तुकाम) refers to “being desirous (of performing some act)”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [After Viṣṇudatta attempted to enchant a Nāga]: “[...] He ran to the Bhagavān, went up to him and having bowed down at his feet said, ‘May the Bhagavān save me, may the Sugata save me. A fierce Nāga is desirous (kartukāma) of destroying my life and there is nobody to save me’”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kartukama in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kartukāma (कर्तुकाम).—i. e. kartum -kāma (vb. kṛ), adj. Desiring to do, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 49, 51.

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

Kartukāma (कर्तुकाम).—[adjective] desirous to make.

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

Kartukāma (कर्तुकाम):—[=kartu-kāma] [from kartu > kartave] mfn. desirous or intending to do.

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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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