Kuhara: 11 definitions


Kuhara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Kuhara (कुहर) refers to one of the thirty-three alaṃkāras (embellishments), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. These alaṃkāras, or, ‘embellishments of song’, depend upon the four types of varṇas, which refers to a specific order of musical notes (svara). They are attached to the songs of seven forms, although not generally used in the dhruvās.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “kuhara is that in which notes (lit the wind) being in the medium pitch (lit. stopped in the vocal passage) are (in a play-like tempo)”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kuhara (कुहर).—A King of Kaliṅga. He was born from an aspect of the Asura called Krodhavaśa. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Verse 65).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kuhara (कुहर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.60) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kuhara) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kuhara : (nt.) a hole; cavity.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Kuhara, (nt.) (der. fr. kuha) a hole, a cavity; lit. a hidingplace Dāvs. I, 62. (Page 224)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kuhara (कुहर).—n S A cavern or cave: and, fig. a recess, abyss, cavity, hollow. Ex. jananīcyā jaṭharakaharīṃ || prāṇī asē nava māsavari ||.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuhara (कुहर).—

1) A cavity, hollow; as in नाभिकुहर, आस्य° (nābhikuhara, āsya°) &c. दधति कुहरभाजामत्र भल्लूकयूनामनुरसितगुरूणि स्त्यानमम्बूकृतानि (dadhati kuharabhājāmatra bhallūkayūnāmanurasitagurūṇi styānamambūkṛtāni) Māl.9.6; Ve.1.22.

2) The ear.

3) The throat.

4) Proximity.

5) Copulation; प्रवृत्तकुहरपारावत (pravṛttakuharapārāvata) ... &c. Dk.2.2.

6) A hole, rent.

7) A guttural sound.

-raḥ A window, the interior window; कुहरा अभ्यन्तरगवाक्षाः (kuharā abhyantaragavākṣāḥ) Bṛ. S.56.2. B. P.13.5.27.

Derivable forms: kuharam (कुहरम्).

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

Kuhara (कुहर).—n.

(-raṃ) 1. A cavity, a hollow. 2. A hole, a rent, &c. 3. The ear. 4. A guttural sound. 5. The throat or larynx. m.

(-raḥ) A kind of snake. E. ku the earth, &c. and hara what takes, &c. from hṛ with the aff ap.

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

Kuhara (कुहर).—[kuh + ara] (cf. the last). I. n. 1. A cavern, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 3, 29. 2. A cavity, [Prabodhacandrodaya, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 3, 15. 3. The interior, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 3, 28, 33. 4. Coition, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 196, 22. Ii. m. The name of a serpent, Mahābhārata 1, 2701.

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

Kuhara (कुहर).—[masculine] [Name] of a serpent-demon; [neuter] hole, cave.

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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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