Kilii, aka: Kīḷi, Kili; 4 Definition(s)


Kilii means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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 Kīḷi can be transliterated into English as Kili or Kilii, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


Kili (किलि).—(parrot) Origin. About the origin of Kilis (parrots) the following is stated in Canto 14, Araṇya Kāṇḍa of the Rāmāyaṇa.

Kaśyapa, the grandson of Brahmā and son of Marīci married the eight daughters of Dakṣaprajāpati, one of them being called Tāmrā. Tāmrā had five daughters called Krauñcī, Bhāsī, Śyenī, Dhṛtarāṣṭrī and Śukī. Śukas or Kilis (parrots) are the offsprings of Śukī. Parrots acquire talking faculty. Lord Śiva agreed to beget a son to kill Tārakāsura, at the request of the Devas. The coitus between Śiva and Pārvatī for the purpose did not end even after a hundred years. Due to the pressure of the process the whole world shook, and when the world appeared to get destroyed the Devas asked Agnideva to persuade Śiva to stop. But, afraid of approaching Śiva Agni ran off and hid himself in the ocean. The Devas followed him, and animals in the water which were burning with the heat of Agni, told the Devas that Agni was hiding in the sea. But, Agni cursed them all to dumbness, and leaving the ocean hid himself on mount Mandara. The parrots revealed this secret, when Agni cursed them also and made their tongues fold inwards. The Devas and the parrots requested for redemption from the curse. Redemption was granted thus: "Though the tongue be turned inwards your sound will be melodious. Just like the voice of a child your (parrots') sound also will be sweet and wonderful."

From that day onwards parrots began talking and singing. (Kathāsaritsāgara, Lāvāṇakalambaka, Taraṅga 6 and Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 85). (See full article at Story of Kili from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: 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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Kili (“parrot”) refers to a type of animal form, representing one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments. The animals and birds found as vehicles for the deities or held as attributes or weapons in the hands of the deities are, for example, Kili.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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kīḷi : (aor. of kiḷati) played; sported; amused oneself.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kili, (sometimes kila) (onomat. fr. sound-root kḷ) 1. indecl. the sound “click, ” of the noise of a trap when shutting J. I, 243; II, 363, 397 (as “kilī”).—Also repeated “kilikilī ti” click, click J. I, 70.—2. as n. f. tinkling, clicking, ticking (cp. kiṇi), in kiliṃ karoti to tinkle J. V, 203. (Page 216)

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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