Kunda, aka: Kuṇḍa; 18 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Kunda (कुन्द) is a Sanskrit word referring to Jasminum multiflorum, a species of Jasmina from the Oleaceae family of flowering plants. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. It is also known as Sadāpuṣpa. In English, the plant is known as “Jasmine”. It is a large scadent tomentose shrub with simple and ovate leaves. The flowers are white and slightly fragrant. The fruits are black globose berries. It grows throughout India (eg. in the forest of Western Ghats and sub-Himalayan tracts).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.


Kunda (कुन्द) refers to the lotus and represents flowers (puṣpa) once commonly used in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa verse 495. The lotus is also called by the names Kamala, Jalaja (verse 45), Padma, and Nīlanalina, Nīlotpala (verse 62 and 339), Irā (verse 673-675ff.) and Jātī (verse 429).

(Source): archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

1a) Kuṇḍa (कुण्ड).—A chief Vānara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 241.

1b) Five in Prayāga, in the midst of which flows the Gaṅgā;1 three fire kuṇḍas outside Prayāga through which the Ganges flows.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 104. 13.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 110. 4.

2) Kunda (कुन्द).—A mountain of Śālmalidvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 10.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Vāstuśāstra (architecture)

Kuṇḍa (कुण्ड, “pit”) refers to “the receptacle of the sacred fire” to be build by the sthapati, in front of the yāgamaṇḍapa, according to the Mānasāra chapter 70 (“chiselling the eyes of the image”). It should be smeared with cow-dung in front of it.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Kuṇḍa (कुण्ड) refers to the “fire pit” (the receptacle of the sacred fire).—The Mānasāra does not elaborate the shape of this fire-pit. Chapter VII of Kāmikāgama is dedicated entirely to shapes and measurements of the fire-pit. The treatise Mayamata (XVIII, 178a; XXV, 42) also outlines measurements for fire-pits of various shapes: quadrangular, vulva-form, circular, semi-circular, triangular, hexagonal, lotiform, octagonal, heptagonal and pentagonal. It stipulates eight fire-pits in eight directions to be prepared for the Opening of the Eye ceremony—of square, vulva, semicircuiar, triangular, circular, hexagonal, lotus and octaganal shapes. They signify aṣṭamūrti, the eight-fold manifestation of Śiva.

(Source): McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra
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Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.

Śāktism (Śākta philosophy)

Kuṇḍa (कुण्ड) refers to “bowel-shaped basins”, the construction of which is a ceremony in Śaktism described in the Śāradātilaka-tantra III-V.—Kuṇḍas are prepared round the altar in all directions. They are of eight shapes viz. (1) quadrangular (2) womb-shaped (yoni-kuṇḍa) (3) half-moon-shaped (4) triangular (5) circular (6) hexagonal (7) lotus-shaped and (8) octagonal. Of these the construction of the quadrangular kuṇḍa is the simplest. A square piece of ground, measuring one hasta on all sides, is taken and the quadrangular kuṇḍa is prepared. The construction of other seven kuṇḍas is given in Śāradātilaka III 53-65. All these are prepared with great care and dimensional accuracy. We shall confine ourselves to the description of quadrangular kuṇḍa alone.

The dimensions of a kuṇda depend upon the number of oblations which are to be offered. Thus for fifty oblations a kuṇḍa should be prepared of one muṣṭi in length, breadth, and depth; for a hundred oblations it should be a cube of one ‘aratni’ and for a thousand a cube of one hasta. The form of a kuṇḍa is like the body of prakṛti. The head is towards the east, the arms towards the north and south and the yoni and feet towards the west. The kuṇḍa represents the belly of prakṛti.

(Source): JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta
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Śākta (शाक्त, shakta) or Śāktism (shaktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devī) is revered and worshipped. Śākta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Kuṇḍa (कुण्ड, “fire-pit”) is mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra verse 1.82. The fire-pit (kuṇḍa), used for the homa ritual here is of four kinds:

  1. trikoṇakuṇḍa,
  2. vṛttakuṇḍa,
  3. matsyakuṇḍa,
  4. vajrakuṇḍa.

Aside from the Kakṣaptatantra, various tantras mention kinds of kuṇḍa. For example, the Tattvacintāmaṇi (7.1-13) explains six kinds of kuṇḍa:

  1. caturasrakuṇḍa,
  2. yonikuṇḍa,
  3. tryasrakuṇḍa,
  4. vṛttakuṇḍa,
  5. arddhacandrakuṇḍa,
  6. padmakuṇḍa.
(Source): Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

General definition (in Hinduism)

1) Kunda (कुन्द)—Sanskrit for “jasmine flowers”.

2) Kuṇḍa (कुण्ड) is a Sanskrit word translating to “water pot ”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Kuṇḍa (कुण्ड) is a Sanskrit word referring to a small lake or pond.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

The Kunda is one of the many forms of jasmine found in India, identified as Jasminum Multiflorum or Jasminum Pubescens. It is a creeper with small white flowers, proverbially white along with other favourites of poets like the moon and snow. And like foam, and any white object, flowering kundas represent laughter. Blooming in śiśira, the Kunda withers at the onset of spring and is indeed one of the signs of the imminent change of season according to the Kāvyamimāṃsa. Bees, traditional lovers of the lotus, flock to the kunda and mourn for the departure of its blooms.

(Source): Sanskrit Literature: Kunda - Downy Jasmine

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

A yakkha who once inhabited a forest, called Kundadhana (UdA.122) after him.

(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).


kunda : (nt.) a kind of jasmine.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kunda, (nt.) the jasmine Dāvs. V, 28. (Page 221)

— or —

Kuṇḍa, (a) bent, crooked DA. I, 296 (°daṇḍaka); PvA. 181. (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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Kunda (कुन्द) refers to “jasmine”: a type of flower (puṣpa) commonly used in for personal and commercial purposes in ancient India. People were fond of flowers. The groves and gardens were maintained for recreational purpose. The Jain canonical texts frequently mention different horticulture products viz. fruits, vegetables and flowers which depict that horticulture was a popular pursuit of the people at that time. Gardens and parks (ārāma, ujjāṇa or nijjaṇa) were full of fruits and flowers of various kinds which besides yielding their products provided a calm andquiet place where people could enjoy the natural surroundings.

The flowers (eg., Kunda) fulfilled the aesthetic needs of the people. At the same time they had an economic importance in as much as some people depended on its trade. It is mentioned that people of Koṅkaṇa maintained themselves by selling fruits and flowers. (see Bṛhatkalpasūtra) Flower garlands and bouquet of various designs were prepared and sold. Saffron (kuṃkuma or kesara) was an important flower product. It yielded a good income to the producers. The flower attracted the bees who yielded honey (mahu, sanskrit: madhu) of different varieties, e. g. macchiya, kuṭṭiya, bhāmara, etc.

(Source): archive.org: Economic Life In Ancient India (as depicted in Jain canonical literature)
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

kuṇḍa (कुंड).—n (S) A pool, a well, a spring or basin of water, esp. as consecrated to some holy purpose or person. 2 A hole in the ground, or an enclosed space on the surface, or a metal square-mouthed vessel (for receiving and preserving consecrated fire). 3 m See kuṇḍagōlaka under gōlaka. 4 A pitcher.

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kuṇḍā (कुंडा).—m (Enhancing form of kuṇḍī) A large openmouthed jar; as a flowerpot, a leather-worker's steeping pot, a dyer's vat, a māndaṇa or receiver of the expressed juice of sugarcanes, a vessel for levigating or comminuting snuff, bhang &c. 2 The gourd-receiver of the exudation of Palm trees.

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kuṇḍā (कुंडा).—m (Commonly kōṇḍā) Bran.

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kunda (कुंद).—a (kōndaṇēṃ) Stuffed or blocked up;--esp. a pipe or tube, as the tube of guḍaguḍī &c.: also obstructed in passage--wind or air: hence sounding as if stuffed or choked, thick-sounding--air, a musical pipe or chord, the throat or voice.

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kunda (कुंद).—m (S) A kind of Jasmin, Jasminum multiflorum or pubescens. 2 A consumptive disease attacking cattle. 3 The angle of junction formed by two portions of the roof: also the turn of a road. 4 The tree or figure worked in the corner of a rūmāla, śālajōḍī &c. 5 One of the nine treasures of kubēra. 6 Olibanum. 7 A small tree with large white flowers, Jasminum arborescens.

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kundā (कुंदा).—m A kind of grass. 2 A flowering shrub. 3 (Properly kuṇḍā) A vessel of stone or earth to grind bhang &c. 4 ( P) The stock of a musket.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kuṇḍa (कुंड).—n A pool, well, spring of water. A hole in the ground, or an enclosed space on the surface, or a metal squaremouthed vessel (for receiving and preserving consecrated fire).

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kuṇḍā (कुंडा).—m A large open-mouthed jar.

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kunda (कुंद).—m A kind of jasmine. a Stuffed ro blocked up- esp. a pipe or tube; also obstructed in passage-wind or air.

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kundā (कुंदा).—m A kind of grass. The stock of a musket.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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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