Kashikhanda, aka: Kashi-khanda, Kāśīkhaṇḍa, Kāsikhanda; 3 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Kāśīkhaṇḍa can be transliterated into English as Kasikhanda or Kashikhanda, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
General definition (in Hinduism)
Kāśīkhaṇḍa (काशीखण्ड):—The Kāśī-khaṇḍa of the Skandapurāṇa consists of two sections
- Pūrvārdha (50 chapters) and
- Uttarārdha (50 chapters)
The Kāśīkhaṇḍa of the Skanda-purāṇa (KKh 58.59-116) describes the spatial and religious connotation of all the 56 vināyakas. The spatial pattern of 56 vināyakas shwos the cosmic model Vārāṇasī symbolized in terms of the directions and realms between the earth and the heaven or sky. The seven layers form a spiral shape. The seven-round spiral symbolizes the understanding of reality, both physically and transcendentally, and reminds the pilgrims that the resort of Vināyaka is everywhere but the circumference nowhere.
The Kāśīkhaṇḍa (57.116) describes that after completion of the sacred journey of these seven layers, at the end pilgrim has to worship Ḍhuṇḍirāja Gaṇeśa remembering there all the fifty-six vināyakas. Ḍhuṇḍirāja is out of the above list and considered to be the king of all the vināyakas.(Source): Google Books: Banaras: Making of India’s Heritage City
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
A district in Ceylon; in it was the Mahadevarattakurara vihara. Cv.xli.101.(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
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