Kumudika, Kumudikā: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Kumudikā (कुमुदिका) is the name of a courtesan (vilāsin), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, “...  there he [king Vikramasiṃha] entered with his minister [Anantaguṇa] the house of a courtesan, named Kumudikā, renowned for her wealth; and she, seeing him suddenly entering the house, thought: ‘This is a distinguished hero that has come to my house: and his majesty and the marks on his body show him to be a great king, so my desire is sure to be attained if I can make him my instrument’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kumudikā, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kumudika (कुमुदिक).—a.

1) Abounding in Kumudas.

-kā Name of a plant (kaṭphalā).

2) A small tree (the seeds to which are aromatic).

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

Kumudika (कुमुदिक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kī-kaṃ) Abounding with water lilies. E. kumuda, and ṭhac aff.

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Kumudikā (कुमुदिका).—f.

(-kā) A small tree, the seeds of which are aromatic, commonly Kayap'hal: see kumudī, and kaṭphala.

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

1) Kumudika (कुमुदिक):—[from ku-mud] mf(ī)n. abounding with Kumudas, [Pāṇini 4-2, 80]

2) Kumudikā (कुमुदिका):—[from kumudika > ku-mud] f. Name of a woman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of the plat Kaṭphala, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a small tree (the seeds of which are aromatic), [Horace H. Wilson]

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

1) Kumudika (कुमुदिक):—[(kaḥ-kī-kaṃ) a.] Abounding with water-lilies or lotuses.

2) Kumudikā (कुमुदिका):—(kā) 1. f. A small tree with aromatic seeds (Kāyaphal).

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Kumudika in German

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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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