Kesava, aka: Keshava, Keśava; 16 Definition(s)


Kesava means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Keśava can be transliterated into English as Kesava or Keshava, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Keśava (केशव, “Having beatiful hair”):—One of the twenty-four forms of Viṣṇu through which Nārāyaṇa manifests himself. He is accompanied by a counterpart emanation of Lakṣmī (an aspect of Devī) who goes by the name Kīrti.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

Keśava (केशव) is a name of Viṣṇu, as mentioned in the 9th century Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra (Ādikāṇḍa chapter 1).—“[...] Since you, who, having made homage to the horse-headed one, are a devotee of Keśava (i.e., Viṣṇu), you are worthy to hear the ancient Pañcarātra. [...]”.

Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Kesava in Purana glossary... « previous · [K] · next »

Keśava (केशव).—See under Kṛṣṇa.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Keśava (केशव).—Is Kṛṣṇa;1 a resident of Prayāga; to be prayed, when there is bad omen.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 42. 19; 71. 221; IV. 34. 76; Matsya-purāṇa 16. 1; 17. 30; 22. 9; 69. 8; 150. 221; 178. 14 and 36; 187. 26; 245. 38.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 243. 13.

1b) Same as Vibhrāja hill.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 122. 17-18.

1c) A tīrtha in Benares.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 185. 68.
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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Keśava (केशव) refers to one of the many varieties of the Śālagrāma (ammonite fossil stones).—The Keśava is blue coloured; two lines suggesting a rectangle. Śālagrāma stones are very ancient geological specimens, rendered rounded and smooth by water-currents in a great length of time. They (eg., Keśava stones) are distinguished by the ammonite (śālā, described as “vajra-kīṭa”, “adamantine worms”) which having entered into them for residence, are fossilized in course of time, leaving discus-like marks inside the stone.

Source: Pratima Kosa Encyclopedia of Indian Iconography - Vol 6
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Keśava (केशव).—Writer of a commentary named प्रकाश (prakāśa) on the Śikṣā of Pāṇini. He lived in the 17th century.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Keśava (केशव) is the great grand-father of Harivyāsamiśra (C. 1574 C.E.): the composer of the text Vṛttamuktāvalī. Harivyāsa belongs to Ṣanāḍhya family and he was the son of Rāmacandra, grandson of Arjuna and great grandson of Keśava. His grandfather is described as a mine of good qualities, a great devotee of Viṣṇu and well adorned among scholars.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "One Who Has Long, Black Matted Locks"

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

Kesava (केसव): One of the names of Sri Krishna.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Kesava - An ascetic in Himava. His story is given in the Kesava Jataka. He is identified with Baka Brahma (J.iii.145; S.i.144; SA.i.165; MA.i.555). He is sometimes addressed as Kesi. E.g., J.iii.144, 362.

2. Kesava - An Ascetic, also called Narada. He saw the Buddha Atthadassi and paid him homage. He was a previous birth of Pavittha Thera, who is evidently identical with Ekadamsaniya. Ap.i.168; ThagA.i.185.

3. Kesava - Another name for Vasudeva (q.v.). It is said that he was so called on account of his beautiful hair (kesasobhanataya). J.iv.84; PvA.94.

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

Pali-English dictionary

Kesava in Pali glossary... « previous · [K] · next »

kesava : (adj.) of rich of hair. (m.), the God Vishnu.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kesava, (fr. last) of rich hair, of beautiful hair. Ep. of King Vāsudeva (cp. kaṇha) Pv. II, 62. (Page 227)

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

kēśava (केशव).—m (S) A name of kṛṣṇa or viṣṇu.

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

Keśava (केशव).—a. [keśāḥ praśastāḥ santyasya; keśa-va P.V.2.19]

1) Having much, fine or luxuriant hair.

-vaḥ An epithet of Viṣṇu; केशव जय जगदीश हरे (keśava jaya jagadīśa hare) Gīt.1; केशवं पतितं दृष्ट्वा पाण्डवा हर्षनिर्भराः (keśavaṃ patitaṃ dṛṣṭvā pāṇḍavā harṣanirbharāḥ) Subhās.

2) The Supreme Being.

3) The month of मार्गशीर्ष (mārgaśīrṣa).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Keśava (केशव).—n. of a former incarnation of Śākyamuni: RP 24.6 (verse; he was a vaidyarāja).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Keśava (केशव).—mfn.

(-vaḥ-vā-vaṃ) Having much or handsome hair. m.

(-vaḥ) 1. A name of Krishna or Vishnu. 2. A plant, commonly Punnaga: see punnāga E. ka Brahma, and īśa Siva, va who goes, &c. from with ḍa affix; again keśa hair, va who possesses: fine-haired.

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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