Kunala, aka: Kuṇāla, Kunāla, Kunālā; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Kunāla (कुनाल).—A son of Aśoka; ruled for eight years.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 333.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Kunala - One of the seven great lakes in the region of the Himalaya. The Buddha once visited it with a large concourse of Sakiyan youths who had joined the Order, and on that occasion he preached the Kunala Jataka (J.v.415; MA.ii.692, 1021; AA.ii.759, etc.). The suns rays never reached the waters of the lake, which were therefore never warm (SnA.ii.407). According to Buddhaghosa (SnA.i.358; DA.ii.675), the Kunala Jataka was actually preached on the banks of the Kunaladaha.

2. Kunala - The Bodhisatta, born as the king of the Citrakokilas. He lived in a beautiful forest in the Himalaya, attended by three thousand five hundred hen birds. He was carried about on a stick by two birds while in front, behind, above and below flew his vast retinue, guarding him from all harm and providing for all his needs. He distrusted and despised all womankind, and his stories of their wiles, as related by him to his friend Punnamukha, are given in the Kunala Jataka.

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The name of a river (mahanadi) which flows out of the Kunaladaha. It dries up when, at the end of the kappa, the fourth sun rises. A.iv.101.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Kunalavadana of Divyavadana records that Ashoka had a son named Kunala from his queen Padmavati. Ashoka’s chief queen Asandhimitrā raised Kunala because Padmavati died when Kunala was in his infancy. Once Ashoka sent Kunala to suppress the rebellion in Takshashila. He succeeded in his mission. Ashoka’s another queen Tishyarakshita did not like the political rise of Kunala and she treacherously blinded him. After knowing the conspiracy of Tishyarakshita, Ashoka put her to death.

Source: academia.edu: The Chronological History of Buddhism

India history and geogprahy

Kunāla (कुनाल).—Kurāla is taken by Kielhorn to be the same as Kunāla mentioned in the Aihole inscription of Pulakeśin II and identified with the Kolleru lake between the Godavari and the Krishna. Kurāla is a place-name without suffix and is mentioned in the Gupta inscription No. 1. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Kuṇāla (कुणाल) is the name of a lake situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Kuṇāla has been described as a lake in the Kunāla Jātaka but has not yet been identified.

According to the Kunāla Jātaka, once there broke out a quarrel between the Koliyas and the Sakiyas regarding the possession of the river Rohiṇī which flows between the Sākiya and Koliya countries. Buddha, however, succeeded in settling the dispute. Many Koliya and Sakiya people were ordained. But spiritual discontent sprang up among them. The Blessed one conducted these brethren to the Himalayas and after illustrating the sins connected with woman-kind by the Kunāla story, and removing their discontent, bestowed upon them the stage of sanctification. The Master transported them to the Himalayas and standing in the sky pointed out to them in a pleasant tract of the Himalayas various mountains: Golden mount, Jewel mount, Vermillion mount, Collyaium mount, Tableland mount, Crystal mount, and five great rivers, and the seven lakes, Kaṇṇamuṇḍaka, Rathakāra, Sīhappapāta, Chaddanta, Tiyaggala, Anotatta, and Kunāla.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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kuṇāla : (m.) the Indian cuckoo.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kuṇāla, N. of a bird (the Indian cuckoo) J. V, 214 sq. (kuṇāla-jātaka). Kuṇāla-daha “cuckoo-lake, ” N. of one of the seven great lakes in the Himavant Vism. 416. (Page 220)

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

Kuṇāla (कुणाल).—

1) A kind of bird.

2) Name of a son of Aśoka.

Derivable forms: kuṇālaḥ (कुणालः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuṇāla (कुणाल).—or kunāla; see also koṇāla; m., (1) (= Pali kuṇāla; not in Prakrit or Sanskrit in this sense), a kind of bird, in Pali apparently the Indian cuckoo, Sanskrit kokila: kuṇ° Mvy 4880; LV 40.5; 286.13; 301.14; Av ii.201.2, 4; RP 26.15; Śikṣ 329.6; Gv 100.26; 194.12; kun° LV 162.19—20 (most mss. kuṇ°) and in a passage found only in ms. H but confirmed by Tibetan (ku na la; ms. H kunāra), see Crit. App. on LV 11.3; RP 41.9; Divy 406.6 ff.; (2) (in this sense not recorded in Pali or Sanskrit, but AMg. Kuṇāla), n. of a son of King Aśoka, so named because his eyes were like those of the bird acc. to Av ii.201.4 ff. (Kuṇ°) and Divy 406.14 ff.; other occurrences Divy 403.8 ff.; 405.14 (in Divy always Kun°); Kunālāvadāna, colophon to Divy chapter 27, Divy 419.13.

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Kunāla (कुनाल).—see kuṇāla.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kuṇāla (कुणाल).—m.

(-laḥ) The name of a country. E. kvaṇ to sound, kālan Unadi affix; va becomes u.

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