Kumbhi, Kumbhī: 7 definitions


Kumbhi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Kumbhi (कुम्भि) or Kumbhī refers to a “large pot”. Kumbhī is explained by “sroṇyādipākasamarthā bṛhatī sthālī”. The exact object of the Sūtra is not quite clear. Prabhutva is explained by samarthatva, that is, fitness. This would mean, that on account of their fitness, or because they can be used for the object for which they are intended, or, so long as they can be used, the rule applying to them should remain. The commentary explains tantram by tantratā or ekatā. It may mean that the same pots and spits should be used, so long as they fulfil their purpose. The next Sūtra would then form a natural limitation.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Kumbhī (कुम्भी) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Kumbha forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Cittacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the cittacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the nirmāṇa-puṭa (‘emanation layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Kumbhī] and Vīras are black in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kumbhī : (f.) a pot.

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

Kumbhī, (f.) a large round pot (often combined with kaḷopī, ) Vin. I, 49, 52, 286; II, 142, 210; Th. 2, 283. loha° a copper (also as lohamaya k° Sn. 670), in °pakkhepana, one of the ordeals in Niraya PvA. 221. Also a name for one of the Nirayas (see lohakumbhī). Cp. nidhi°.

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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

kumbhī (कुंभी).—f kumbhyā or kumbyā m (Or kumbhā) A tree. Strong rope is made from the bark of it, and its leaves cover the iralēṃ.

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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

Kumbhī (कुम्भी).—

1) A small water-jar; Rām.2.91.72.

2) An earthen cooking vessel; आविष्कुर्वन्त्यखिलवचनेष्वत्र कुम्भी- पुलाकन्यायाज्ज्योतिर्नयगतिविदां निश्चलं मानभावम् (āviṣkurvantyakhilavacaneṣvatra kumbhī- pulākanyāyājjyotirnayagatividāṃ niścalaṃ mānabhāvam) Viś. Guṇa.534.

3) A measure of grain.

4) Name of several plants. like इभपाटला, वारिपर्णी, लघुदन्ती, जेपाळ, कायफळ (ibhapāṭalā, vāriparṇī, laghudantī, jepāḷa, kāyaphaḷa) &c.

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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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