Krishnavarna, Kṛṣṇavarṇa, Krishna-varna: 14 definitions


Krishnavarna means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, biology. 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 Kṛṣṇavarṇa can be transliterated into English as Krsnavarna or Krishnavarna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Krishnavarna in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण).—Another name for the Śūdra caste.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 15. 44.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Krishnavarna in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण) or simply Kṛṣṇa refers to a “black color”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If there should be both lunar and solar eclipses in one month, princes will suffer both from dissensions among their own army and from wars. [...] If the disc should be of the colour of the sky at dawn of day, there will be famine and drought and birds will suffer. If red-black, there will be prosperity and plenty in the land but slight rain. If the disc be of the colour of the pigeon or of blood colour or of the colour of gold or yellow-black, mankind will suffer from starvation. If again the disc be black [i.e., kṛṣṇavarṇa] or as said above, of the colour of the pigeon, the Śūdras will suffer from disease”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Krishnavarna in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण) refers to “that which has a black color”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “The sacred seat Jāla is the Unmanifest. It is well placed in the southern quarter. It is black and called [i.e., kṛṣṇavarṇa] the most excellent. The mother (avvā) is the venerable lioness Kālikā. It bestows the boon of the mantra of nine (letters i.e. Navātman). The tree is called Bilva. The cave is called Ratnā; it contains the best Rule and is well known by the name 'Vīra'. The cremation ground is called Laguḍa. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण) refers to “(having) a dark-blue color”, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Being in the heart with mud, a universal petaled lotus, Above the pericarp of the lotus, a moon and sun mandala, Above that, observe a Hūṃ, that changes into a two armed Saṃvara. Venerable, dark-blue color (kṛṣṇavarṇa), one face, three eyes, standing in archer's pose. [...]”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Krishnavarna in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण).—n (S kṛṣṇa Black, varṇa Color.) Used with hōṇēṃ & karaṇēṃ. A phrase expressing the removal out of sight, by death &c., of a hateful object. Ex. tyā gulāmācēṃ jyā divasīṃ kṛ0 hōīla tēvhāṃ mī yēīna.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Krishnavarna in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण).—

1) black colour.

2) Name of Rāhu.

3) a Śūdra; विडूरुङ्घ्रिश्रितकृष्णवर्णः (viḍūruṅghriśritakṛṣṇavarṇaḥ) Bhāgavata 2.1.37.

Derivable forms: kṛṣṇavarṇaḥ (कृष्णवर्णः).

Kṛṣṇavarṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kṛṣṇa and varṇa (वर्ण).

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

Kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण).—mfn.

(-rṇa-rṇā-rṇaṃ) 1. Black or dark blue, A Sudra. 2. A name of Rahu n,

(-rṇaṃ) The colour black. E. kṛṣṇa and varṇa colour.

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

Kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण).—[adjective] black-coloured.

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

1) Kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण):—[=kṛṣṇa-varṇa] [from kṛṣṇa] mfn. of a black colour, dark-blue, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Kṛṣṇavarṇā (कृष्णवर्णा):—[=kṛṣṇa-varṇā] [from kṛṣṇa-varṇa > kṛṣṇa] f. Name of one of the mothers in Skanda’s retinue, [Mahābhārata ix, 2642.]

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

Kṛṣṇavarṇa (कृष्णवर्ण):—[kṛṣṇa-varṇa] (rṇaḥ-rṇā-rṇaṃ) a. Black.

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Krishnavarna 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Krishnavarna in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kṛṣṇavarṇa (ಕೃಷ್ಣವರ್ಣ):—

1) [noun] black colour.

2) [noun] dark-blue colour.

3) [noun] a man of dark complexion.

4) [noun] the fourth of the four major Hindu social classes.

5) [noun] a man from this class.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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