Kashmira, aka: Kaśmīra, Kasmīra, Kasmira, Kāśmīra, Kāsmīra; 15 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Kaśmīra and Kāśmīra can be transliterated into English as Kasmira or Kashmira, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


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Kaśmīra (कश्मीर).—(KAŚMĪRAKAM). A state in North India, Kaśmīra was famous during the Mahābhārata period also. Once Arjuna conquered this state (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 27). People from the state had attended Yudhiṣṭhira’s Rājasūya with many articles of presentation. Śrī Kṛṣṇa once defeated its ruler. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 11, Verse 16). Paraśurāma also once defeated its ruler. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 70, Verse 11).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Kaśmīra (कश्मीर) refers to a land once occupied by a vast lake according to the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Kaśmīra was occupied for six Manvantaras since the beginning of the Kalpa by a vast lake six yojanas long and three yojanas wide, called Satīsara. In the 7th Manvantara, the water of the lake was drained off through an outlet made with plough by Ananta at the order of Viṣṇu who along with other gods and goddesses had come there to kill the demon Jalodbhava—invincible in the waters. The story runs further informing how after the death of Jalodbhava, the Piśācas and the descendants of Manu were settled there by Kaśyapa to live in company of the Nagas, the original inhabitants of the valley.

The same legend about the draining of the lake occurs in Kalhaṇa’s Rājataraṅgiṇī and in a bit changed form, in the Mahāvaṃśa, the Chinese Vinaya of the Mūla-Sarvāstivādī sect and the account of the travels of Hiuen Tsang.

The very land of Kaśmīra is the mother goddess Kaśmīrā—a form of Umā.

Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

1) Kaśmīra (कश्मीर).—A city;1 people of.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 402.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 120; 47. 45.

2) Kāśmīra (काश्मीर).—A tribe.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 120.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Kāśmīra (काश्मीर) 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 (Kāśmīra) is named Vijaya. 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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Kāśmīra (काश्मीर) refers to a variety of prāsāda (upper storey of any building), according to the Śilparatna (32.7) and the Īśānaśiva (32.70).

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Kāśmīra (काश्मीर) is the name of a country pertaining to the Pāñcālī (Pāñcālamadhyamā) local usage (pravṛtti) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 14. These pravṛttis provide information regarding costumes, languages, and manners in different countries of the world. It is mentioned that this local usage (adopted by these countries) depends on the grand style (sāttvatī) and the violent style (ārabhaṭī).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Kavya (poetry)

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Kāśmīra refers to an ancient district or cultural territory, as mentioned in the 7th-century Mudrārākṣasa written by Viśākhadeva. Kāśmīra corresponds to modern Kashmir.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kavya

Kāśmīra (काश्मीर) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—Kāśmīra. It is the important place situated in the northern India. It is popularly known as the name „Haven of this Earth‟.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

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Kāśmīra (काश्मीर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.24.16, II.31.12, II.48.13, VI.10.52, VI.10.66) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kāśmīra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Kāśmīra (काश्मीर) is the name of an ancient country, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 39. Accordingly, as king Vīrabhuja said to Surakṣita: “do not attempt to brazen it out, but go to Kashmir [Kāśmīra] to wash away your [Surakṣita’s] sin (where are those holy fields, Vijayakṣetra, and Nandikṣetra the purifying, and the kṣetra of the boar), the land which was hallowed by Viṣṇu, the bow-handed god, where the stream of the Ganges bears the name of Vitastā, where is the famous Maṇḍapakṣetra, and where is Uttaramānasa; when your sin has been washed away by a pilgrimage to these holy places you shall behold my [king Vīrabhuja] face again”.

According to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 63. Accordingly, “... there is a region in the south of the Himālaya, called Kaśmīra [Kāśmīra]; which Providence (vidhi) seems to have created in order to prevent mortals from hankering after Heaven; where Śiva and Viṣṇu, as self-existent deities, inhabit a hundred shrines, forgetting their happy homes in Kailāsa and Śvetadvīpa; which is laved by the waters of the Vitastā, and full of heroes and sages, and proof against treacherous crimes and enemies, though powerful”.

According to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73: “... There is here a region named Kaśmīra, the ornament of the earth, which the Creator made as a second heaven, after creating the first heaven, for men who have done righteous deeds. The difference between the two is that in heaven delights can only be seen, in Kaśmīra they can be actually enjoyed. The two glorious goddesses Srī and Sarasvatī both frequent it, as if they vied with one another, saying: ‘I have the pre-eminence here’. ‘No, it is I’. The Himālaya encircles it with its embrace, as if to prevent Kali, the adversary of virtue, from entering it. The Vitastā adorns it, and repels sin with its waves, as if they were hands, and seems to say: ‘Depart far from this land which is full of waters sacred to the gods’. In it the long lines of lofty palaces, whitened with silvery plaster, imitate the cliffs at the foot of the neighbouring Himālaya”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kāśmīra, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A district in Northern India, the modern Kashmir. In the Pali texts it is always mentioned with Gandhara and probably once formed part of that kingdom. (See also PHAI., p.93. The Jatakas mention the countries separately as comprising two kingdoms ruled by a single king, e.g., J.iii.364, 378). At the end of the Third Council, Moggaliputta sent the thera Majjhantika to propagate the religion in Kasmira Gandhara. Majjhantika quelled the power of the Naga king Aravala (q.v.), who was a menace to the inhabitants, and converted him to the faith, while the yakkha Pandaka and his wife Harita, with their five hundred sons, became sotapannas. The thera preached the Asivisupama Sutta to the assembled multitude and won eighty thousand converts, while one hundred thousand persons entered the Order. We are told that from that time onwards the yellow robe was held in great esteem in Kasmira. (Mhv.xii.3, 9 ff; Dpv.viii.4; Sp.i.64ff; see also Beal, op. cit., i.134, n.39). There was evidently a large community of monks at Kasmira, till long after the coming of Majjhantika, for we are told that two hundred and eighty thousand monks, led by Uttinna, came from Kasmira to Anuradhapura on the occasion of the foundation ceremony of the Maha Thupa (Mhv.xxix.37).

In Hiouien Thsangs time Kasmira seems to have been an independent kingdom whose king was given to serpent worship while his queen was a follower of the Buddha. Near the capital was a stupa which enshrined a tooth of the Buddha. This tooth was soon after taken away by Harsavardhana of Kanoj. (CAGI.104ff; Beal, i.116f, etc.)

Sagala is mentioned as being twelve leagues from Kasmira (Mil.82).

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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India history and geogprahy

Kāsmīra (कास्मीर) is the name of a locality situated in Uttarāpatha (Northern District) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—According to a Jātaka story the kingdom of Kāsmīr was included in the Gandhāra Kingdom. It is stated in the Mahāvaṃsa that after the dissolution of the Third Buddhist Council, Moggaliputta Tissa thera sent Majjhantika thera to Kāsmīra-Gandhāra for propagation of the Buddhist faith. (See ante: Gandhāra). During the reign of Asoka, Kāsmīra was included in the Maurya dominion. This is proved by the testimony of Yuan Chwang.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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kasmīra : (m.) name of a country in Northern India.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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kāśmīra (काश्मीर).—n S Saffron.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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