Kinkara, Kiṅkara: 6 definitions


Kinkara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Kiṅkara (किङ्कर).—A Rākṣasa. Śakti, the son of Vasiṣṭha and King Kalmāṣapāda of the solar dynasty once quarrelled with each other, and the King cursed and turned Śakti into a Rākṣasa. At this juncture Viśvāmitra invoked Kiṅkara, a Rākṣasa attendant of his, into the body of Kalmāṣapāda, and induced by Kiṅkara, Kalmāṣapāda killed all the sons of Vasiṣṭha. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 175).

2) Kiṅkara (किङ्कर).—Name of Kāla’s stick. It is with this stick that Kāla kills living beings. "Like Kāla who holds the stick Kiṅkara." (Karṇa Parva, Chapter 56, Verse 122).

3) Kiṅkara (किङ्कर).—A race of Rākṣasas. After building the palace at Indraprastha for the Pāṇḍavas Mayāsura put 8000 Kiṅkaras for guarding the palace (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 3). These guards were able to remove the palace from one place to another. Yudhiṣṭhira, who started for the north to collect money is said to have met the Kiṅkaras on the Himālayas. (Aśvamedhika Parva, Chapter 65, Verse 6).

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)

Kiṅkara (किङ्कर) or Kiṅkaratantra refers to one of the twenty-three Vāmatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Kiṅkara-tantra belonging to the Vāma class.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kiṅkara : (m.) a servant; an attendant.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kiṅkara (किंकर).—f A tree; called also dēvabābhaḷa, a variety of Acacia.

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kiṅkara (किंकर).—m (S) A servant.

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kiṅkara (किंकर).—f. Add:--The tree is named Acacia farnesiana.

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

kiṅkara (किंकर).—f A tree; called also dēvabābhaḷa. m A servant.

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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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kiṅkara (किङ्कर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā or -rī-raṃ) A servant. E. kiṃ what or something, and kara who does.

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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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