Kotishvara, Koṭīśvara, Koti-ishvara: 7 definitions


Kotishvara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Koṭīśvara can be transliterated into English as Kotisvara or Kotishvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Kotishvara in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Koṭīśvara (कोटीश्वर) is the name of a Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva) that is associated with the Rudradhārā-tīrtha (a sacred bathing place). It represents the fifty-fifth of the sixty-four siddhaliṅgas mentioned in the Nepalese Tyasaphu (a folding book or leporello). At each of these spots Śiva is manifest as a Liṅga. Each of these liṅgas (e.g., ) has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.

The auspiscious time for bathing near the Koṭīśvara-liṅga at the Rudradhārā-tīrtha is mentioned as “caitra-śukla-caturdaśī” (latin: caitra-shukla-caturdashi). This basically represents the recommended day for bathing there (snānadina).

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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Kotishvara in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Koṭīśvara (कोटीश्वर) is the name of a merchant (vaṇij), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 56. Accordingly, “... then Candrasvāmin went with a merchant named Koṭīśvara to Citrakūta, crossing the sea in his ship. And in that city he found the merchant Kanakavarman, and longing tor his children, he told him the whole story”.

The story of Koṭīśvara was narrated by Marubhūti order to entertain the company of prince Naravāhanadatta.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Koṭīśvara, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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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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India history and geography

Source: archive.org: Mediaeval Jainism: with special reference ot the Vijayanagara empire

Koṭīśvara (कोटीश्वर).—About the year A.D. 1500 Koṭīśvara composed his Jīvandharaśaṭpadi at the orders of his royal master king Saṅgama of Saṅgītapura. Koṭīśvara came of a good stock. His father Tammaṇa Śeṭṭi was the general of the city of Baidūru (mod. Baindūru) in Tuḷuva. and his mother Rāmakka. And he was the son-in law of Kāmaṇa śeṭṭi. the royal merchant ot the court of Saṅgītapura. His preceptor was Prabhācandra, the disciple of Paṇḍitayogi of Belgoḷa. Two more Jaina writers may be assigned to the same age (A.D. 1500)—Yaśaḥkīrti, who wrote a commentary on Dharmaśarmābhyudaya, and who was the disciple of Lalitakīrti, and Śubhacandra, who wrote Narapiṅgaḷi.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kotishvara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Koṭīśvara (कोटीश्वर):—[from koṭi > koṭa] m. ‘the lord of ten millions’, a millionaire, [Kathāsaritsāgara lvi, 64]

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Kotishvara in German

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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 (even English!). 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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