Kulashekhara, Kulaśekhara, Kula-shekhara: 8 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Kulaśekhara can be transliterated into English as Kulasekhara or Kulashekhara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

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Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Kulaśekhara (कुलशेखर).—A great devotee-king and the author of Mukunda-mālā stotra, prayers to Lord Kṛṣṇa.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Google Books: 101 Mystics of India

Kulasekhara Perumal (6th-7th Century A.D.)—Kulasekhara Perumal is one of the twelve Alwars, the Vaishnavite religious poets of Tamil Nadu. The Alwars are so called because they are deemed to be “immersed” in the love of God. Kulasekhara was a King in Kerala. Though he was a competent ruler, he became preoccupied with spirituality and sacred lore. His involvement in the myths and legends of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama has produced some exquisite devotional poetry.

The intensity of Kulasekhara’s devotion is reflected in his songs. In some of his songs, he has expressed a desire to be a stone in the Tirupati temple of Lord Venkateswara. In one song, he identifies himself with Devaki, the biological mother of Krishna, from whom Krishna was taken away to Gokula where Nanda and Yasoda, the foster parents, looked after him.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Kulashekhara in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Kulasekhara - A Cholian king of South India. He besieged the Pandyan king, Parakkama of Madhura, and the latter sent for help to Parakkamabahu I. of Ceylon. Parakkamabahu sent an expeditionary force to South India under Lankapura, but in the meantime the Pandyan king had been slain and his capital taken. The Sinhalese force, however, landed and carried on a prolonged campaign against Kulasekhara and his allies, who seem to have been numerous and powerful. Kulasekhara was defeated, and the Pandyan kings son, Vira Pandu, was installed in Madhura. The Cola prisoners taken in the war were brought to Ceylon and employed in the reconstruction of the Maha Thupa in Anuradhapura. For details of this war see Cv.lxxvi, and lxxvii. For Kulasekharas later history see Cv.Trs.ii.100, n.1.

2. Kulasekhara - A Pandu king. His general Ariyacakkavatti invaded Ceylon in the reign of Bhuvanekabahu I. and carried off the Tooth Relic and other treasures. Later Parakkamabahu III, visited Kulasekhara and retrieved the Tooth Relic. Cv.xc.47; 53f

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kulaśekhara (कुलशेखर).—the glory of a family; तस्मिन्कुलापीडनिभे निपीडं सम्यग्महीं शासति शासनाङ्काम् (tasminkulāpīḍanibhe nipīḍaṃ samyagmahīṃ śāsati śāsanāṅkām) R.18. 29.

Derivable forms: kulaśekharaḥ (कुलशेखरः).

Kulaśekhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kula and śekhara (शेखर). See also (synonyms): kulāpīḍa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Kulaśekhara (कुलशेखर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—poet. [Sūktikarṇāmṛta by Śrīdharadāsa] Āścaryamālā. Quoted in Sūktimuktāvali, and by Rāyamukuṭa.

2) Kulaśekhara (कुलशेखर):—Mukundamālāstotra.

3) Kulaśekhara (कुलशेखर):—the two authors of that name are identical.

4) Kulaśekhara (कुलशेखर):—Ākrandamālā.

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

Kulaśekhara (कुलशेखर):—[=kula-śekhara] [from kula] m. Name of the author of the Mukunda-mālā.

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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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