Kathopanishad, aka: Katha Upanishad, Kaṭhopaniṣad, Katha-upanishad; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Kaṭhopaniṣad can be transliterated into English as Kathopanisad or Kathopanishad, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


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Kaṭhopaniṣad (कठोपनिषद्).—See under NACIKETAS.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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The Katha Upanishad (Kāṭhaka), also titled "Death as Teacher", is one of the mukhya ("primary") Upanishads commented upon by Shankara and Madhva. It contains passages that suggest contact with Buddhist ideas, so was likely composed after the fifth century BCE. It consists of two chapters (adhyāyas), each divided into three sections (vallis) that contain between 15 and 29 verses (ślokas) apiece. The Katha has some passages in common with the Gita. According to modern scholars, it propounds a dualistic philosophy. Katha may be the most widely known amongst all the Upanishads.

Content: The Upanishad uses as its base the story of Vajashravasa (वाजश्रवसः), which was first mentioned in the Rigveda (10. 135), and also in the Taittiriya Brahmana (3.1.8), and later the Mahabharata (Anusasana Parva 106).

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

This Upanishad forms part of the Kata Shaaka (branch) of Krishna Yajur Veda. Hence, it is called as the Kato-Upanishad. The subject dealt in this Upanishad viz., the Naciketa Upaagyaana also finds place in the Taittriya Braahmana.

This Upanishad consists of two main parts divided further into six chapters. In the first chapter, one finds the story and history of Naciketas and the boons he requested from Yama, the Lord of Death; the second chapter mentions the characteristics required of a liberation aspirant and about the path to liberation; the third chapter contains the relation between the Jivatma and the Paramatma and the manner in which the Jiva can overcome death successfully; the fourth, fifth and sixth chapters reinstate the contents of the earlier chapters in a much authoritative way and also relate about re-birth, the way in which a Yogi should leave his body behind etc.,

Source: VedaRahasya: Hinduism

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Kaṭhopaniṣad (कठोपनिषद्).—Name of an Upaniṣad (generally said to belong to atharvaveda).

Kaṭhopaniṣad is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kaṭha and upaniṣad (उपनिषद्).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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