Kshama, aka: Kṣamā, Kṣama, Kṣāma; 13 Definition(s)

Introduction

Kshama means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 terms Kṣamā and Kṣama and Kṣāma can be transliterated into English as Ksama or Kshama, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Kṣamā (क्षमा, “patience”):—Name of one of the sixty-four mātṛs to be worshipped during Āvaraṇapūjā (“Worship of the Circuit of Goddesses”, or “Durgā’s Retinue”), according to the Durgāpūjātattva. They should be worshipped with either the five upācāras or perfume and flowers.

Her mantra is as follows:

ॐ क्षमायै नमः
oṃ kṣamāyai namaḥ.

A similar mantra is mentioned by the same text, prefixed with ह्रीं (hrīṃ), to be worshipped at the goddess’s right.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Kṣamā (क्षमा, “forgiveness”):—One of the names attributed to Devī, as chanted by the Vedas in their hymns, who were at the time incarnated in their personified forms. See the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa chapter 5.51-68, called “the narrative of Hayagrīva”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Kṣamā (क्षमा, “forgiveness”):—One of the twenty-four emanations of Lakṣmī accompanying Nārāyaṇa. This particular manifestation couples with his counterpart form called Upendra and together they form the twentieth celestial couple. Lakṣmī represents a form of the Goddess (Devī) as the wife of Viṣṇu, while Nārāyaṇa represents the personification of his creative energy, according to the Pāñcarātra literature.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Kṣama (क्षम) refers to “suffering”. It is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti and the Baudhāyana-dharmasūtra.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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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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Purana

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Kṣamā (क्षमा).—Wife of Prajāpati Pulaha. Three sons Kardama, Urvarīyān and Sahiṣṇu were born to Pulaha of his wife Kṣamā. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Aṃśa 1, Stanza 10).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Kṣama (क्षम).—A Sudhāmāna god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 27.

2a) Kṣamā (क्षमा).—A Brahmarākṣasī.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 99.

2b) A Śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 91.

2c) A daughter of Dakṣa; wife of Pulaha Prajāpati;1 mother of sons Kardama, U(A)rvarīvān, Sahiṣṇu, Kanakapīṭha and daughter Pīvari.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 28, 31; 28. 25; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 7. 25.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 9. 52; 11. 30.

2d) The wife of Kratu.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 7. 7.

2e) A R. from the Ṛsyavat hills.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 114. 25.

3) Kṣāma (क्षाम).—The son of Saharākṣa, who burns down houses;1 his son Kravyādagni.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 34.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 37.
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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Kṣāma (क्षाम, “depressed”) refers to a specific gesture (āṅgika) made with the cheeks (kapola or gaṇḍa), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. These gestures form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

2) Kṣāma (क्षाम, “thin”) refers to a specific gesture (āṅgika) made with the belly (udara), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 10. These gestures form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

3) Kṣāma (क्षाम, “thinness”) represents the first stage of the action of poison (viṣa) after drinking it, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 26. It is also known by the name Kārśya. In a dramatic play, the representation of death from drinking poison is displayed by throwing out of hands and feet and other limbs. The power of the poison will lead to the quivering action of the different parts of the body.

Kṣāma according to the Nāṭyaśāstra: “eyes with sunken eyeballs, depressed cheeks, lips, and thinness of the belly and of the shoulder and of arms will represent thinness (kṣāma)”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Kṣāma (क्षाम, “depressed”).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with the cheeks (kapola);—Instructions: (cheeks are) fallen. Uses: in sorrow.

2) Kṣāma (क्षाम, “thin”).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with the belly (udara);—(Instructions): The thin belly is Kṣāma. (Uses): In laughter, weeping, inhalation and yawning.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra
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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Kṣamā (क्षमा) refers to one of the 135 metres (chandas) mentioned by Nañjuṇḍa (1794-1868 C.E.) in his Vṛttaratnāvalī. Nañjuṇḍa was a poet of both Kannada and Sanskrit literature flourished in the court of the famous Kṛṣṇarāja Woḍeyar of Mysore. He introduces the names of these metres (eg., Kṣamā) in 20 verses.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Kṣamā (क्षमा) refers to “earth” and is mentioned in a list of 53 synonyms for dharaṇi (“earth”), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia).  The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil [viz., Kṣamā], mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

kṣama (क्षम).—a (S) Patient, enduring sustaining; bearing or forbearing, lit. fig. Ex. of comp. āghātakṣama, nirvāhakṣama, phalakṣama, bhārakṣama, vicārakṣama, vyavahārakṣama. 2 Capable or able; competent or adequate unto. 3 Practicable or possible unto.

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kṣamā (क्षमा).—f (S) Bearing with; forbearing or forgiving; pardoning or pardon. v kara. 2 Patience or sufferance; quiet and meek endurance. 3 S The earth.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kṣama (क्षम).—a Patient. Capable, competent. Practicable.

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kṣamā (क्षमा).—f Patience. Pardon.

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