Kinkini, Kiṅkini, Kiṅkiṇī, Kiṅkinī: 13 definitions

Introduction

Kinkini 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Kiṅkiṇī (किङ्किणी) refers to a type of ornament (ābharaṇa) for the ankles (gulpha) to be worn by females, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. Such ornaments for females should be used in cases of human females and celestial beings (gods and goddesses).

Ābharaṇa (‘ornaments’, eg., kiṅkiṇī) is a category of alaṃkāra, or “decorations”, which in turn is a category of nepathya, or “costumes and make-up”, the perfection of which forms the main concern of the Āhāryābhinaya, or “extraneous representation”, a critical component for a successful dramatic play.

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

The Bells (kinkinī).—The Bells should be made of bronze or copper or silver; they should be sweet-toned, well-shaped, dainty, with the asterisms for their presiding deities, tied with an indigo string, with a knot between each pair of bells. At the time of dancing there should be a hundred or two hundred for each foot, or a hundred for the right foot and two hundred for the left.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna

Kiṅkiṇī (किङ्किणी)—One of the Heavenly ornaments according to the Vāyu Purāṇa. Its use is associated with Skanda (?) and also with Śiva.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Kiṅkiṇī (किङ्किणी) is the name of an Āgama or Tantra mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra  verse 1.5-7.—“At a previous time, when Pārvatī asked him, Śaṅkara told of the attainments of vidyā in the wide worldly life, in various ways. I observed each teaching taught also by the troops of Gods, Siddhas (those who have attained supernatural power), Munis (saints), Deśikas (spiritual teachers), and Sādhakas (tantric practicioners). They are [, for example]: Kiṅkiṇī... I shall carefully extract all the above-mentioned āgamas, which are transmitted from mouth to mouth, like butter extracted from coagulated milk”.

Source: academia.edu: The Yoga of the Mālinīvijayottaratantra

Kiṅkiṇī (किङ्किणी) refers to one of the ten kinds of sounds (śabda) according to the Matsyendrasaṃhitā.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Kiṅkinī (किङ्किनी) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Kiṅkini forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Ākāśacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the ākāśacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Kiṅkinī] and Vīras are dark blue in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife. Alternatively, the Ḍākinīs have their own marks and motions according to the taste instead of a small drum and a skull staff.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous (K) next»] — Kinkini in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kiṅkiṇī : (f.) a jingling bell.

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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

kiṅkiṇī (किंकिणी).—f S A girdle of small bells: also a single bell of any tinkling ornament. Ex. dhanuṣyāsa caḍhavuni guṇa || kānāḍi ōḍhūna ākarṇa || jhaṇatkārati kiṃ0 ॥.

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kiṅkiṇī (किङ्किणी).—

1) A small bell or tinkling ornament; क्वणत्कनककिङ्किणीझणझणा- यितस्यन्दनैः (kvaṇatkanakakiṅkiṇījhaṇajhaṇā- yitasyandanaiḥ) U.5.5;6.1; Śi.9.74; Ku.7.49.

2) Name of an acid sort of grape.

See also (synonyms): kiṅkaṇī, kiṅkiṇikā, kiṅkaṇīkā.

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

Kiṅkiṇi (किङ्किणि).—f. (-ṇiḥ or -ṇī) 1. A girdle of small bells, or any tinkling ornament. 2. An acid sort of grape. E. kiṃ some, and kiṇa an imitative sound, affix ka, with in or ṅīṣ fem. affix; also with kan added kiṅkiṇīkā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Kiṅkiṇī (किङ्किणी):—[from kiṅkiṇa] a f. a small bell, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] Name of an acid sort of grape (= Vikaṅkata), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as Amarasiṃha, Halāyudha, Hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a goddess, [Tantrasāra]

4) Kiṅkiṇi (किङ्किणि):—[from kiṅkiṇa] f. (= ṇī) a small bell, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as Amarasiṃha, Halāyudha, Hemacandra, etc.]

5) Kiṅkiṇī (किङ्किणी):—[from kiṅkiṇa] b (f. of kiṅkiṇa q.v.)

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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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