Kekaya; 11 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Kekaya (केकय) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—This region lying between the Biās and the Sutlej in the Punjab.

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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Kekaya (केकय).—The Mahābhārata mentions another Kekaya, a King of the solar dynasty. He wedded two Mālava princesses from the elder of whom were born Kīcaka and Upakīcaka, and from the younger was born Sudeṣṇā, also called Kaikeyī. This Sudeṣṇā married Mātsya, the Virāṭa King. (Virāṭa Parva, Southern text, Chapter 16). (See full article at Story of Kekaya from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Kekaya (केकय).—General. A Kingdom in ancient India. Kaikeyī, one of Daśaratha’s wives, was a daughter of a Kekaya King. Origin. The country got the name 'Kekaya' as it was ruled by King Kekayā. His genealogy is as follows. Descended from Viṣṇu thus:—Brahmā—Atri—Candra—Budha—Purūravas—Āyus—Nahuṣa—Yayāti—Anudruhyu—Sabhānara—Kālanara—Sṛñjaya—Uśīnara—Śibi—Kekaya. Śibi had four sons called Bhadra, Suvīra, Kekaya and Vṛṣādarpa. (Bhāgavata 9th Skandha). Other details. (1) The King and the people of Kekaya were called the Kekayas.

2) Five heroic Kekaya princes met with their death in fighting Droṇa. (Strī Parva, Chapter 25, Verse 25).

2) Two Kekaya Princes, Vinda and Anuvinda fought on the Kaurava side. (Karṇa Parva, Chapter 13).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Kekaya (केकय).—A son of Śibi after whom the kingdom came to be called.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 23; Matsya-purāṇa 48. 19-20; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 23-4; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 18. 10.

1b) Its king married Śrutakīrti, sister of Vasudeva;1 went to Syamantapañcaka for solar eclipse.2

  • 1) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 14. 41.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 82. 13.

1c) (c)—people of Kekaya, a northern kingdom enlisted by Jarāsandha against the Yadus. Their princes were stationed on the North during the siege of Gomanta.1 But they became allies of Kṛṣṇa and took part in the marriage festivities of Rukmiṇī.2 Heard of Kṛṣṇa going to Mithilā, welcomed him and met him with presents.3 Followed Bhīmasena in his digvijaya;4 rose against Śiśupāla.5 Took part in Yudhiṣṭhira's rājasūya.6 In the Mahābhārata war, five princes of Kekaya joined the Pāṇḍavas against the Kurus.7 A Janapada.8 Migration of Yadus to.9

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. [50 (V) 3]; 52. 11 [14] Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 48.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 54. 58.
  • 3) Ib. X. 86. 20; 71. 29.
  • 4) Ib. X. 72. 13.
  • 5) Ib. X. 74. 41.
  • 6) Ib. X. 75. 12.
  • 7) Ib. X. 78 [95 (V) 12]; 84. 55.
  • 8) Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 117.
  • 9) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 2. 3.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kekaya (केकय) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.11) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kekaya) 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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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)

Kekaya (केक‍य): A brave warrior on the Pandava side into whose chariot Bhima got during the fighting on the sixth day. Usinaras, the Sibi, the Madras, and the Kekayas were the direct descendants of Yayati's son Anu.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Kekaya (केकय).—A province in ancient India. Five princes from this country joined with Yudhiṣṭhira in the battle of Kurukṣetra, and they were killed by Droṇa. (Droṇa Parva in Mahābhārata)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Another name for Keka and Kekaka. J.ii.214.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

kēkayā (केकया) [or केकयी, kēkayī].—f (kaikēyī S) A shrew or scold.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kēkayā (केकया) [or kēkayī, or केकयी].—f A shrew or scold.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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

Kekaya (केकय).—(Pl.) Name of a country and its people; मगधकोसलकेकयशासिनां दुहितरः (magadhakosalakekayaśāsināṃ duhitaraḥ) R.9.17; केकयमित्रयुप्रलयानां यादेरियः (kekayamitrayupralayānāṃ yāderiyaḥ) P.VII.3.2.

-yī (also kekeyī) Name of the wife of Daśaratha.

Derivable forms: kekayaḥ (केकयः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kekaya (केकय).—m.

(-yaḥ) A prince of the lunar race. f. (-yī) daughter of the preceding and one of the wives of Dasarat'Ha: the mother of Bharata: see kekeyī.

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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