Kraunca, aka: Krauñca, Krauñcā; 15 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Krauncha.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “demoiselle crane”. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Āyurvedic literature. The animal Krauñca is part of the sub-group named Ambucārin, refering to animals “which move on waters”. It was classified by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च)—Sanskrit word for a bird “crane”, “demoiselle crane” (Anthropoides virgo). This animal is from the group called Plava (‘those which float’ or ‘those move about in large flocks’). Plava itself is a sub-group of the group of animals known as Ānupa (those that frequent marshy places).

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च) refers to the “crane” as described in the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana), and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Krauñca is mentioned in a discusses regarding the reaction of certain insects and other living beings on consumption of poisionous food. The after-effect of intake of poison for Krauñca (crane) is defined as: “madodaya (displays intoxicated behaviour)”.

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Krauñca (क्रौञ्च).—Name of a settlement (janapada) situated near the seven great mountains on the western side of mount Naiṣadha, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 83. These settlements consume the water flowing from these seven great mountains (Viśākha, Kambala, Jayanta, Kṛṣṇa, Harita, Aśoka and Vardhamāna). Niṣadha (Naiṣadha) is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Krauñcā (क्रौञ्चा) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Krauñcā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

1) Krauñca (क्रौञ्च).—An Asura. In Vāmana Purāṇa, Chapter 57 it is mentioned that this Asura was killed by Subrahmaṇya. (See full article at Story of Krauñca from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Krauñca (क्रौञ्च).—A mountain. There is a story about this mountain. Long ago there lived an Asura named Krauñca. He was leading a wicked life and was haughty and arrogant. Once Agastya went to Kailāsa and worshipped Śiva. Kāverīdevī also was standing close by, worshipping Śiva. God Śiva appeared before Agastya and told him that he might ask for any boon. He requested for the power to push down Vindhya by kicking and to establish a holy Tīrtha (bath) on the earth. Śiva granted the boons. For making the tīrtha Śiva turned Kāverī into a river and placed her in the water-pot of Agastya. As Agastya was returning from Kailāsa with Kāverī in his water-pot, Krauñca the Asura took the shape of a mountain and hindered his way. The Asura caused a heavy rain too. Agastya wandered through the forest without finding the path for days. At last he realized the cause. He took a few drops of water from his waterpot and with chanting of Mantras and meditation threw the drops at the Asura with the curse that he would stand there for ever as a mountain. He said that he would be liberated from the curse when pierced by the arrow of Subrahmaṇya, the son of Śiva. From that day onwards Krauñca the Asura had been standing there as a mountain. That mountain was called 'The mountain of Krauñca.' (Skanda Purāṇa, Asura Kāṇḍa).

2) There is another statement in Harivaṃśa, Chapter 18, that the mountain Krauñca was the son of the mountain Maināka, the son of Menā.

3) Krauñca (क्रौञ्च).—(A kind of snipe). A bird.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1a) Krauñca (क्रौञ्च).—A dvīpa, twice the Ghṛtoda in size and surrounded by Kṣīroda (sea of milk) (milk of ghee). It takes its name from the Krauñca hill. Greatly despoiled by the arms of Guha but protected by Varuṇa. Its ruler was Ghṛtapṛṣṭha, a son of Priyavrata. He divided it among his seven sons and retired to a life of meditation; Hari is worshipped here in the form of waters.1 (Rudra, Viṣṇu-purāṇa). Divided among seven Janapadas; twice in size to Kuśadvīpa. Described.2 According to viṣṇu p. Dyutimat was the first king; the four castes here are puṣkara, puṣkala, dhanya and tītikhyas.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 1. 32; 20. 18-23; Matsya-purāṇa 13. 7; 122. 78.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 13-26; 19. 64-77; Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 59-73.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 1. 14; 2. 5; 4. 45-57.

1b) The hill in Krauñcadvīpa, despoiled by the arms of Guha (Kumāra):1 Son (brother, Vāyu-purāṇa) of Maināka hill.2 The dvīpa takes its name from this.3 Residence of Śankara;4 Skanda sent his śakti against.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 18-19; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 66 and 139; 25. 18; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 60.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 10. 7 and 48.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 13. 35; Matsya-purāṇa 122. 81; 123. 37; 163. 89; 219. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 30. 32.
  • 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 39. 42; 49. 61.
  • 5) Ib. 41. 39.

1c) (c) a Janapada of the Ketumāla continent;1 Dyutimān first consecrated in;2 surrounded by ocean of ghee;3 a vana surrounding the hill.4

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 44. 10.
  • 2) Ib. 33. 13.
  • 3) Ib. 30. 32; 54. 21; 111. 53.
  • 4) Ib. 41. 37. 49. 59.

1d) A son of Himavat; the Krauñca hill and dvīpa take their name after him.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 7.

1e) A pupil of Śākapūrṇa.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 4. 24.

2) Krauñcā (क्रौञ्चा).—A mind-born mother.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 19.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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)

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च) refers to one of the seven continents (saptadvīpa) situated within the world of the earth (pṛthivī), according to Parākhyatantra 5.61. It is also known as Krauñcadvīpa. These continents are located above the seven pātālas and may contain even more sub-continents within them, are round in shape, and are encircled within seven concentric oceans.

According to the Parākhya-tantra, “beyond that is the continent Krauñca, where Kārttikeya threw his spear of great power and slew the great demon Krauñca. Beyond that is the ocean of clarified butter, where the creator, in asacrifice (kratu), placed a great deal of clarified butter to give pleasure to the gods; that is why it is known as the ocean of clarified butter”.

The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Krauñcā (क्रौञ्चा) is the name of a meter belonging to the Śīrṣaka class described in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32:—“the metre which has in its feet of twenty-two syllables, the first five, the eighth, the ninth, and the last long, is krauñcā recited by Brahmins and Munis”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च) is another name for Kruṣṭa: a type of tone which is used in chanting hyms.—Another [commentator] distinguishes three high tones, the kruṣṭa (also called tāra or krauñca), the madhyama, and the mandra, and assigns the madhyama to the Sāmidhenī hymns. The mandra notes come from the chest, the madhyama notes from the throat, the uttama notes from the head.

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Kraunca (क्रौन्च): Curlew-heron.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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krauñca (क्रौंच).—m S A kind of heron or curlew, Ardea jaculator.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

krauñca (क्रौंच).—m A kind of heron or curlew.

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

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च).—[kruñc prajñā° aṇ]

1) A curlew, heron; मनोहरक्रौञ्चनिनादितानि सीमान्तराण्युत्सुकयन्ति चेतः (manoharakrauñcanināditāni sīmāntarāṇyutsukayanti cetaḥ) Ṛs.4.8; Ms.12.64. क्रौञ्चो विषाभ्याशे माद्यति (krauñco viṣābhyāśe mādyati) Kau. A.1.2.17.

2) Name of a mountain (said to be the grandson of Himālaya and said to have been pierced by Kārtikeya and Paraśurāma); हंसद्वारं भृगुपतियशोवर्त्म यत् क्रौञ्चरन्ध्रम् (haṃsadvāraṃ bhṛgupatiyaśovartma yat krauñcarandhram) Me.59. भिन्नो मद्बाणवेगेन क्रौञ्चत्वं वा गमिष्यति (bhinno madbāṇavegena krauñcatvaṃ vā gamiṣyati) Pratimā.5.12; क्रौञ्चं यथा गिरिवरं युधि कार्तिकेयम् (krauñcaṃ yathā girivaraṃ yudhi kārtikeyam) Abhiṣeka 6.7.

Derivable forms: krauñcaḥ (क्रौञ्चः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च).—m.

(-ñcaḥ) 1. A kind of heron. (Ardea jaculator, Buch.) 2. One of the Dwipas or principal divisions of the world, surrounded by the sea of curds. 3. A mountain, part of the Himalaya range, situated in the eastern part of the chain on the north of Asam. 4. A Jaina emblem, the figure of the curlew, used as a symbol. 5. The name of a demon, f.

(-ñcā) The female of the curlew. E. kruñca to go crookedly, affix aṇ.

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