Kashmir: 2 definitions
Kashmir 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.
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)
Kashmir, the ancient land of learning has produced many eminent scholars who greatly contributed to Sanskrit Literature. Kṣemendra (the polymath) is one among the Kashmiri scholars who glorified the legacy of rhetorics with a new interpretation of the soul of poetry namely aucitya.
Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.
India history and geography
Kashmir is the name of a valley, to which the Nīlamata gives the name Kaśmīrā, and which is still known as Kaśmīra throughout India and the rest of the world and is called by the Kāśmīrīs in their own language, as Kaśīr—a direct phonetic derivative of Kaśmīra through Kaśvīr. Nīlamata also gives two popular etymologies deriving the name from kaḥ (Prajāpati Kaśyapa) and kam (water).
Note: Nīlamata, vv 5, 12,24, 29, 220, 228, 235 etc. give Kaśmīrā, the term ‘Kaśmīra’ is rare in the Nīlamata (vv. 989, 1354), while the word ‘Kāśmīra’ is found as an adjective. Stein takes Ptolomy’s Kaspiria and Dionysios’s Kaspeiroi as transcription of Kaśvīr. (Rājata. Translation, Vol. II. pp. 352-53)
Kaśmīra valley proper, we know, is just a basin surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the Nīlamata refers to these mountain walls when it speaks of Kaśmīra’s geographically fortified position eliminating the fear of foreign invasions. Kalhaṇa, too, is proud of these mountain barriers. Tsang and Ou Kong who visited the valley, have recognised this fact in their accounts.
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with (+24): Kashmir Shaivism, Kashmir tree, Kashmir Women, Kashmir zireh, Kashmira, Kashmirabhumi, Kashmiradesha, Kashmiraja, Kashmirajala, Kashmirajanma, Kashmirajanman, Kashmirajiraka, Kashmiraka, Kashmirakeshara, Kashmiralinga, Kashmiram, Kashmiramahatmya, Kashmiramandala, Kashmiramandalam, Kashmiramu.
Ends with: Kesar kashmir, Poisonous grass of kashmir.
Full-text (+637): Kashmira, Anantapala, Madhumata, Anangadevi, Svacchandatantra, Anangalekha, Anangapala, Anangapida, Kashmiraja, Darada, Kashmir tree, Kesar kashmir, Kashmir zireh, Aconitum kashmiricum, Hushkapura, Jushkapura, Anula, Poisonous grass of kashmir, Mihirakula, Turushka.
Search found 89 books and stories containing Kashmir; (plurals include: Kashmirs). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Kashmir Tangle < [October 1950]
Mountbatten and Kashmir < [October 1951]
The Triple Stream < [December 1948]
Lakulisha-Pashupata (Philosophy and Practice) (by Geetika Kaw Kher)
Traces of Lakulisa-Pasupata order in North India < [Chapter 2 - Spread and Transition]
Kalamukhas: The politically organized Saivite ascetics < [Chapter 2 - Spread and Transition]
Appendix 2 - An Enquiry into the Sectarian Affiliation of the Ruins at Harwan
The backdrop of the Srikanthacarita and the Mankhakosa (by Dhrubajit Sarma)
Part 5 - Some prominent Kashmiri Sanskrit poets < [Chapter I - Introduction]
Part 8 - Geographical information (found in the Śrīkaṇṭhacarita) < [Chapter IV - Socio-cultural study of the Śrīkaṇṭhacarita]
Part 10 - Administration and warfare (found in the Śrīkaṇṭhacarita) < [Chapter IV - Socio-cultural study of the Śrīkaṇṭhacarita]
Cidgaganacandrika (study) (by S. Mahalakshmi)
Part 2a - Trika Philosophy (Introduction) < [Krama system and Trika school]
Part 3 - Philosophical aspects of Kashmir Śaivism < [Krama system and Trika school]
Part 1a - Krama system (Introduction) < [Krama system and Trika school]
Vastu-shastra (5): Temple Architecture (by D. N. Shukla)
Temple architecture in Kashmir < [Chapter 12 - History of Hindu Temples (Prāsādas and Vimānas)]
Bhaumika Vimānas (Temples of South India, Decan and Greater India) < [Chapter 12 - History of Hindu Temples (Prāsādas and Vimānas)]
Rivers in Ancient India (study) (by Archana Sarma)
13. The river Vitastā or Jhelum and its present status < [Chapter 6 - Changing trends of the Rivers from Vedic to Purāṇic Age]
9. The river Chenāb or Asiknī and its present status < [Chapter 6 - Changing trends of the Rivers from Vedic to Purāṇic Age]
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