Kratha, Krātha: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Kratha (क्रथ).—A Kṣatriya King. He was the rebirth of an Asura called Krodhavaśa. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Stanza 61). See under Jyāmagha.

2) Kratha (क्रथ).—A King defeated by Bhīmasena during his regional conquest. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 30, Stanza 7).

3) Kratha (क्रथ).—A hermit. In Mahābhārata, Udyoga-Parva, Chapter 83, Stanza 27 it is stated that this hermit visited Śrī Kṛṣṇa on his way to Hastināpura.

4) Kratha (क्रथ).—There was a warrior named Kratha on the side of the Kauravas. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 120, Stanza 10).

5) Kratha (क्रथ).—A warrior of Skandadeva. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Stanza 70).

6) Kratha (क्रथ).—A Yakṣa. (Demi-God). When Garuḍa reached the world of Devas he had to fight with this Yakṣa. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 32, Stanza 18).

7) Kratha (क्रथ).—An Asura (demon). It is stated in Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 67 Stanza 57 that this Asura was born as King Sūryākṣa on the earth in his re-birth.

8) Kratha (क्रथ).—Name of a son of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 116, Stanza 11).

9) Krātha (क्राथ).—A f mous King in Ancient India. The following details about this King are found found in the Mahābhārata.

He was the rebirth of an Asura called Rāhu, the son of Siṃhikā. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Stanza 40).

Krātha attended the Svayaṃvara (marriage) of Draupadī. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 186, Stanza 15).

Śrī Kṛṣṇa defeated Krātha at the city of Jāruthi. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 12, Stanza 30).

In the battle of Bhārata this King attacked Abhimanyu. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 46, Stanza 26).

In the battle of Bhārata Krātha killed the prince of Kaliṅga, and a King from the mountain killed Krātha. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 85, Stanza 15).

10) Krātha (क्राथ).—A King of the Puru dynasty. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva Chapter 94, Stanza 58).

11) Krātha (क्राथ).—A captain of the army of monkeys. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 283, Stanza 19).

12) Krātha (क्राथ).—A warrior of Skanda. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Stanza 70).

13) Krātha (क्राथ).—A famous serpent. At the time of the death of Balabhadra this serpent came there to lead his soul to Pātāla (nether world). (Mahābhārata Mausala Parva, Chapter 4, Stanza 16).

14) Krātha (क्राथ).—An ancient country in India. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 21 that Bhīṣmaka the King of Vidarbha had conquered this country.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kratha (क्रथ).—A son of Vidarbha, and father of Kunti.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 1 and 3; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 70. 37; Matsya-purāṇa 44. 36-8; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 12. 37, 40.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kratha (क्रथ) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.38) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kratha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Krātha (क्राथ).—Killing, murder.

Derivable forms: krāthaḥ (क्राथः).

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

1) Kratha (क्रथ):—[from krath] m. [plural] Name of a race (always named together with the Kaiśikas and belonging to the Yādava people), [Mahābhārata ii, 585]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a son of Vidarbha and brother of Kaiśika (ancestor of the Krathas), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of an attendant in Skanda’s retinue, [Mahābhārata ix, 2572]

4) [v.s. ...] (= krathana) Name of an Asura[, i, 2665 f.; Harivaṃśa 2284; 12940 and 14287.]

5) Krātha (क्राथ):—m. (√krath), killing, murder, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [patronymic] [from] Kratha, [Harivaṃśa]

7) Name of a prince, [Mahābhārata i, 2676; iii, 489]

8) of a son of Dhṛta-rāṣṭra, [i, 3747]

9) of an attendant in Skanda’s retinue, ix, 2572

10) of a Nāga, [xvi, 120]

11) of a monkey, [iii, 16287].

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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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