Kataha, aka: Kaṭāha; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Kaṭāha (कटाह) or Kaṭāhadvīpa is the name of an island (dvīpa) according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 56. Accordingly, “... when the Brāhman [Candrasvāmin] heard that, he went [from the isle Nārikela] in a ship with the merchant Dānavarman to this island of Kaṭāha. There he heard that the merchant Kanakavarman had gone from that island to an island named Karpūra”.

Kaṭāha or Kaṭāhadvīpa is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 123. Accordingly, “... there is a dvīpa named Kaṭāha, the home of all felicities. In it there is a king rightly named Guṇasāgara. He had born to him by his principal queen a daughter named Guṇavatī, who by her beauty produced astonishment even in the Creator who made her”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kaṭāha, 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

Kaṭāha (कटाह).—Tawney suggested that Kaṭāha might possibly be identified with Cathay, the medieval name of China. His surmise, however, has been proved incorrect. It has now been traced to Kedah, one of the unfederated Malay States, which was apparently known in Southern India as Kaḍāram, or Kaṭāha. The data for arriving at this conclusion is interesting.

Source: archive.org: The ocean of story, vol. 1
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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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Pali-English dictionary

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kaṭāha : (m.) receptacle; cauldron; a nut-shell.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kaṭāha, (m. nt.) (Sk. kaṭāha) a pot (in older texts only as —°).—1. pot, vessel, vase, receptacle. udaka° Vin. II, 122; ghaṭi° Vin. II, 115; loha° Vin. II, 170. ayo° (in simile “diva-santatte ayokaṭāhe”) M. I, 453=A. IV, 138; gūtha° Vin. IV, 265; tumba° (a gourd used as receptacle for food) vin II. 114; alābu° DhsA. 405.—Uncompounded only at Dpvs 92 (°ka); Mhvs 17, 47; 18, 24.—2. anything shaped like a pot, as the skull: sīsa° D. II, 297= M. I, 58; Miln. 197. (Page 176)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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

kaṭāha (कटाह).—m S A boiler or a frying vessel of a semispheroidal shape, and with handles.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kaṭāha (कटाह).—[kaṭamāhanti, ā-han-ḍa Tv.]

1) A frying-pan, a shallow boiler for oil or butter (of a semispheriodal shape and furnished with handles; Mar. kaḍhaī); तदैव तस्मिन्निनदोऽतिभीषणो बभूव येनाण्डकटाहमस्फुरत् (tadaiva tasminninado'tibhīṣaṇo babhūva yenāṇḍakaṭāhamasphurat) Bhāg.7.8.16.

2) A turtle's shell.

3) A well.

4) A hill or mound of earth.

5) A fragment of a broken jar; 'कटाहः खर्प- रस्तूपः (kaṭāhaḥ kharpa- rastūpaḥ)' इति वैजयन्ती (iti vaijayantī); यद्दन्तिनः कटकटाहतटान्मिमङ्क्षोः (yaddantinaḥ kaṭakaṭāhataṭānmimaṅkṣoḥ) Śi.5. 37; N.22.32.

6) A winnowing basket.

7) Hell, the infernal regions.

8) A young female buffalo whose horns are just appearing.

9) A Dvīpa or division of a known continent.

1) A heap or pile.

Derivable forms: kaṭāhaḥ (कटाहः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kaṭāha (कटाह).—m.

(-haḥ) 1. A shallow boiler for oil or butter. 2. A frying pan. 3. A winnowing basket. 4. A turtle’s shell. 5. A young buffalo whose horns are just appearing. 6. A Dwipa or division of the known continent, so called. 7. Hell, the infernal regions. 8. A well. E. kaṭa much, &c. han to destroy, with āṅ prefixed, and ḍa aff.

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