Kulapamsana, Kulapāṃsana, Kula-pamsana: 5 definitions


Kulapamsana 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kulapamsana in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kulapāṃsana (कुलपांसन) refers to “one defiles the entire family”, which is mentioned as an item of wealth in order to demonstrate the wicked nature of gambling (durodara), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.17.—Accordingly, “[...] better to be issueless (aputratva) than have a wicked son (kuputra) who defiles the entire family (kulapāṃsana). It is the traditional policy to abandon one to save the family. The Brāhmaṇa took his bath, performed his daily rites and married the daughter of a Vedic scholar the same day”.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Kulapamsana in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Kulapāṃsana (कुलपांसन) refers to the “most wicked in the family”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 16) (“On the planets—graha-bhaktiyoga”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “[...] Rāhu also presides over the most wicked in the family (kulapāṃsana), over torturers, ungrateful men, thieves, persons who are untruthful, uncleanly and ungenerous; over ass-riders, duelists, persons of easily irritable temperament, infants in the womb and Cāṇḍālas. [...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kulapamsana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kulapāṃsana (कुलपांसन).—a. one who disgraces one's family; इत्युक्तः स खलः पापो भोजानां कुलपांसनः (ityuktaḥ sa khalaḥ pāpo bhojānāṃ kulapāṃsanaḥ) Bhāgavata 19.1.35.

Kulapāṃsana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kula and pāṃsana (पांसन).

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

Kulapāṃsana (कुलपांसन).—[feminine] ī disgracing a family.

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

Kulapāṃsana (कुलपांसन):—[=kula-pāṃsana] [from kula] mf(ī)n., disgracing a f°amily, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

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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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