Kucaila: 4 definitions


Kucaila means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Kuchaila.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kucaila (कुचैल).—A poor Brāhmaṇa and class-mate of Kṛṣṇa. Having many children and distressed by poverty, his wife advised him to meet Kṛṣṇa. She begged some pṛthukataṇḍula, and sent it as present to Kṛṣṇa. When he came to Dvārakā, Kṛṣṇa recognised him and entertained him. Rukmiṇī also honoured him. Kṛṣṇa recalled their school days, and their loyalty to Guru Sāndīpani, and how he reciprocated it. Once when they went out and were caught in storm and rains, the Guru came in search of them with great anxiety. Kucaila gave Kṛṣṇa the pṛthukataṇḍula which Kṛṣṇa shared with Rukminī and heartily ate of it. After spending a jolly night, the Brāhmaṇa took leave of his friend and went home, ruminating on the way why Kṛṣṇa did not offer any riches to him. When he neared his place, he found tall mansions lavishly built and furnished. His wife extended him welcome with servants. He knew it was all the work of his friend Kṛṣṇa. Spent a righteous life ever meditating on Hari's lotus feet.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 80. 6-45; 81 (whole).
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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 dictionary

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

Kucaila (कुचैल):—[=ku-caila] [from ku] mf(ā)n. badly clothed, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa x, 80, 7.]

[Sanskrit to German]

Kucaila 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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