Karyartha, Kāryārtha, Karya-artha: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Karyartha in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Kāryārtha (कार्यार्थ) refers to the “goal of the (ritual) action”, according to Somānanda’s Śivadṛṣṭi verse 3.42cd–47.—Accordingly, “[...] But, if you say (in reply) that injunctions involving the rites of passage for fire are explained in the (Śaiva) teachings, (we reply:) what is the goal of the (ritual) action (kāryārtha) (in question)? It is the action itself. There is no division of its [i.e., the fire’s] nature, here. It is the same for his [i.e., Śiva’s] abiding there [in the world]: that [i.e., the distinguishing of ‘pure’ from ‘impure’ elements in the world, or the distinction of that which is said to be Śiva and that which is said not to be] is conceived of merely as the assignation of names for the purpose of everyday speech/everyday activity”.

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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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Kāryārtha (कार्यार्थ) refers to “important work”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.54 (“Description of the duties of the chaste wife”).—Accordingly, as a Brahmin lady said to Pārvatī: “[...] A chaste lady shall take food only after her husband has taken it. O Śivā, if he stands, the woman too shall remain standing. When he sleeps she can also sleep. But she must intelligently wake up before him. She shall do what is beneficial to him. She shall love him without any sort of deception. O Śivā, she shall never show herself unembellished to him. If for any important work he is on exile [kāryārthakāryārthamproṣite] she shall never adorn herself. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Karyartha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kāryārtha (कार्यार्थ).—

1) the object of any undertaking, a purpose; बलस्य स्वामिनश्चैव स्थितिः कार्यार्थ- सिद्धये (balasya svāminaścaiva sthitiḥ kāryārtha- siddhaye) Manusmṛti 7.167.

2) an application for employment.

3) any object or purpose.

Derivable forms: kāryārthaḥ (कार्यार्थः).

Kāryārtha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kārya and artha (अर्थ).

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

Kāryārtha (कार्यार्थ) or Kāryyārtha.—m.

(-rthaḥ) 1. An object or purpose. 2. Application for employment, n. or ad.

(-rthaṃ) 1. For the sake of any particular object. 2. To perform any work or duty. E. kārya, and artha object.

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

Kāryārtha (कार्यार्थ).—i. e. kārya-artha, m. An important matter, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 167. Acc. ºtham, adv. 1. For a special end, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 164. 2. On account of judicial proof, 8, 110. 3. For the purpose of work, 10, 55.

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

Kāryārtha (कार्यार्थ).—[masculine] an object or business; m [adverb] for one’s purpose, after one’s business.

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

1) Kāryārtha (कार्यार्थ):—[from kārya] m. the object of a business or enterprise

2) [v.s. ...] any object or purpose

3) [v.s. ...] application for employment

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

Kāryārtha (कार्यार्थ):—[kāryā+rtha] (rthaḥ) 1. m. Object, purpose; application. adv. For the sake of any object or work.

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Karyartha 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Karyartha in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kāryārtha (ಕಾರ್ಯಾರ್ಥ):—[noun] the intention, purpose or aim of an action.

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Kāryārtha (ಕಾರ್ಯಾರ್ಥ):—[adverb] with a purpose; intentionally; purposely.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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