Kayavatara, Kāyāvatāra: 3 definitions


Kayavatara 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.

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts: Viśvarūpa

Kāyāvatāra (कायावतार).—The birthplace of Lakulīśa, is well known-it is Kāyāvatāra, also called Kāyāvarohaṇa, modem Karvan in Gujarat.

India history and geography

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Kalachuri-chedi era

Kāyāvatāra (कायावतार).—Pandit Bhagvanlal identified Kāyāvatāra, the site of the royal camp, with Kāvī in the Jambusar tālukā of the Broach district; but, as pointed out by Bühler, Kāvī does not phonetically correspond to Kāyāvatāra; besides, the old name of Kāvī was Kāpikā which is mentioned in the Kāvī plates of the Gujarat Rāṣtrakūta prince Gōvinda.

Dr. Bühler at first took the place-name to signify the incarnation of a son or descendant of Ka or Prajāpati, and thought that Kāyāvatāra was a Place of pilgrimage on the Narmadā. Later on he identified it with Kārwān (lat. 20º 3’ N. and long. 73º 10’ E.) which he connected Philologically with Kāyāvatāra (the village possessing the Kāya manifestation). It seems better to derive Kārwān from Kāyāvarōhana which conveys the same sense as Kāyāvatāra, viz., ‘the descent in the bodily form’ of Śiva and refers to his incarnation as Lakulīśa, the founder of a Pāśupata sect.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kayavatara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kāyāvatāra (कायावतार):—[=kā-yāvatāra] [from kāya] m. Name of a town, [Inscriptions]

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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 (even English!). 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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