Kuladharma, aka: Kula-dharma; 5 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purāṇa

Kuladharma (कुलधर्म).—The moral and ethical codes of conduct, especially with reference to family life. Arjuna told the following about Kuladharmas to Kṛṣṇa at Kurukṣetra.

In the decline of a family, its time-honoured usages perish; with the perishing of such rites impiety overtakes the entire family.

With the growth of impiety even the noble women become unchaste, and if women become corrupt, mixture of castes ensues.

Hell is verily the lot of the family and family-destroyers through caste admixture; for, their ancestors fall deprived of balls of rice and libations.

The ever-lasting caste virtues and the family merits get ruined because of the chaos in the caste system. We have heard that hell is verily the long-lasting abode of the men whose family religious practices have been broken. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 25 and the Gītā).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Kuladharma (कुलधर्म).—Transgressors of Kuladharma are unfit for śrāddha purposes.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 14. 41.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

kuladharma (कुलधर्म).—m (S) A religion or a religious practice descended through a race.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kuladharma (कुलधर्म).—m A religious practice descended through a race.

(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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