Kraunca, Krauñca, Krauñcā: 25 definitions

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Alternative spellings of this word include Krauncha.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

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 Ayurvedic 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 Ayurvedic work. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

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: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

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)”.

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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-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 (e.g., 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: Varāha-purāṇa

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: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

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: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च) refers to “cranes”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.22. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On the top of the mountain near the city of Himālaya (śailarājapura), Śiva sported about for a long time in the company of Satī. [...] kinds of birds flew there, such as—Cakravāka, Kādamba, swans, geese, the intoxicated Sārasas, cranes (Krauñca), the peacocks etc. The sweet note of the male cuckoo reverberated there”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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: valmikiramayan.net: Srimad Valmiki Ramayana

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च) refers to “Krauncha birds”, according to the Rāmāyaṇa verse 5.3.8-13. Accordingly:—“[...] Seeing the city [viz., Laṅkā] everywhere Hanuma (Hanumān) became surprised at heart. Thereafter Hanuma the monkey, became happy seeing [...] lovely assembly halls, with sounds of Krauncha birds [viz., krauñca] and peacocks, [...], equalling the city of Vasvaukasārā, as though flying towards the sky. Seeing that city of Rāvaṇa, which was best among cities, a wealthy city, a beautiful and auspicious city, that powerful Hanuma thought thus”.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च) refers to one of the two sons of Himavān and Menā, according to the Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, Ākūti was married to Ruci and Prasūti to Dakṣa. Dakṣa produced in Prasūti twenty-four daughters. [...] [Svadhā was given to Pitṛs.] Pitṛ and Svadhā had two daughters—Menā and Dhāriṇi. Menā was given in marriage to Himavān who begot two sons—Maināka and Krauñca and two daughters—Gaurī and Gaṅgā.

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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: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

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.

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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

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”.

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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)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

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: Prācyā: Animals and animal products as reflected in Smṛti texts

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च) refers to the bird “Crane/heron” (Grus species or Ardeola grayi).—Birds have been described in several ancient Sanskrit texts that they have been treated elaborately by eminent scholars. These birds [viz., Krauñca] are enumerated in almost several Smṛtis in context of specifying the expiations for killing them and their flesh being used as a dietary article to give satisfaction to the manes (Pitṛs) in Śrāddha rites. These are elaborated especially in the Manusmṛti, Parāśarasmṛti [chapter VI], Gautamasmṛti [chapter 23], Śātātapasmṛti [II.54-56], Uśānasmṛti [IX.10-IX.12], Yājñavalkyasmṛti [I.172-I.175], Viṣṇusmṛti [51.28-51.29], Uttarāṅgirasasmṛti [X.16].

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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)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Kraunca (क्रौन्च): Curlew-heron.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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

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

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च).—I. m., f. , A kind of heron, or curlew, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 134; [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 76, 21. Ii. m. 1. The name of a mountain, [Rāmāyaṇa] 4, 44, 32. 2. One of the Dvīpas, or principal divisions of the world, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 5, 1, 32. 3. The name of a demon.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Krauñca (क्रौञ्च).—[masculine] curlew ([feminine] ī also the myth. mother of the curlews); [Name] of a mountain torn asunder by Kārttikeya.

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

1) Krauñca (क्रौञ्च):—mfn. ([from] kruñca [gana] prajñādi), ‘curlew-like’, with vyūha = cāruṇa, [Mahābhārata vi, 51, 1]

2) m. a kind of curlew, [Taittirīya-saṃhitā v; Āpastamba-dharma-sūtra i, 17, 36; Manu-smṛti] etc.

3) the emblem of the fifth Arhat of the present Avasarpiṇī, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) an osprey, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [patronymic] (or [metronymic] [from] kruñcā, [Pāṇini 4-1, 120; Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]), Name of a pupil of Śākapūrṇi, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

6) Name of a mountain (part of the Himālaya range, situated in the eastern part of the chain on the north of Assam; said to have been split by Kārttikeya, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]), [Taittirīya-āraṇyaka i, 31, 2; Mahābhārata iii, 14331; vi, 462; ix, 2700 ff.; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

7) Name of one of the Dvīpas of the world (surrounded by the sea of curds), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Matsya-purāṇa; Bhaviṣya-purāṇa, khaṇḍa 1 & 2: bhaviṣya-purāṇa & bhaviṣyottara-purāṇa; Varāha-purāṇa]

8) Name of an Asura or Rakṣas, [Horace H. Wilson]

9) Krauñcā (क्रौञ्चा):—[from krauñca] f. the female curlew [commentator or commentary] on [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) Krauñca (क्रौञ्च):—n. a kind of poison, [Caraka vi, 23]

11) ([scilicet] astra) Name of a mythical weapon, [Rāmāyaṇa i, 29, 12 and 56, 9]

12) Name of several Sāmans, [Tāṇḍya-brāhmaṇa xi]

13) [xiii; Lāṭyāyana; Ārṣeya-brāhmaṇa]

14) of a particular kind of recitation, [Taittirīya-saṃhitā ii, 5, 11, 1; Chāndogya-upaniṣad ii, 22, 1] ([scilicet] gāna)

15) a particular method of sitting, [Nāradīya-purāṇa]

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