Kucela, aka: Kucelā, Ku-cela; 5 Definition(s)


Kucela 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 Kuchela.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Kucelā (वेत्राग्र) is a Sanskrit word referring to a vegetable (śāka), according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. It is sometimes identified as Pāṭhā, which is the Sanskrit name for Cissampelos pareira (velvetleaf), from the Menispermaceae family, but Caraka specifically lists Kucelā as being part of the Śākavarga group of vegetables.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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Kucela (कुचेल).—Sudāman, better known as Kucela was a brahmin class-mate of Śrī Kṛṣṇa at the Āśrama of sage Sāndīpani. One day Sāndīpani’s wife deputed Kucela and Kṛṣṇa to collect fire-wood from the forest, and they had to stay the whole night there as they could not find out the way back to the āśrama due to heavy rain, thunder etc. After their education was over these two thick friends left the āśrama and went their different ways in life.

Śrī Kṛṣṇa became the lord of Dvārakā, and Kucela a house-holder with many children, and starvation gripped the family. One day, at the instance of his wife, Kucela started for Dvārakā to visit Kṛṣṇa with a packet of rice flakes as a present to him. Kṛṣṇa received his old classmate most cordially, and ate one handful of rice flakes from the packet brought by Kucela. Rukmiṇī prevented him from a second helping of the flakes. After spending some time most happily with his old friend, Kucela started homewards. Only on his way back did he think that Kṛṣṇa had not given him any monetary help. But, by the time he reached home his old dilapidated house had converted itself into a beautiful mansion, and his wife and children were in great happiness. Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s blessings thus converted poor Kucela into a very rich person. (Bhāgavata, 10th Skandha).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Kucela (कुचेल).—A son of Vasu.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 81.
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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kucela (कुचेल).—a. wearing bad or ragged garments; कपालं वृक्ष- मूलानि कुचेलमसहायता । समता चैव सर्वस्मिन्नेतन्मुक्तस्य लक्षणम् (kapālaṃ vṛkṣa- mūlāni kucelamasahāyatā | samatā caiva sarvasminnetanmuktasya lakṣaṇam) || Ms.6.44.

Kucela is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ku and cela (चेल).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kucela (कुचेल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Ill clothed, dressed in dirty or tattered garments. f. (-laḥ-lī) A plant, (Cissampelos hexandra:) see viddhvakarṇī. E. ku bad, and celā a garment.

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