Kundika, Kuṇḍika, Kuṇḍikā: 14 definitions



Kundika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda

Kuṇḍikā (कुण्डिका) refers to a weapon (“water pot”, “pitcher”). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kuṇḍika (कुण्डिक).—Great-grandson of King Kuru of the lunar dynasty, and son of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verse 58).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kuṇḍika (कुण्डिक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.89.51) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kuṇḍika) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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India history and geography

Source: archive.org: S.V.U.Oriental Journal, Vol. XI, Jan-Dec 1968, Parts 1&2

Kuṇḍika is another name for the river Brahmakuṇḍi of Āndhradeśa (Andhra country).—The Brahmakuṇḍi or Guṇḍlakamma unlike several other larger rivers which are tributaries, has an independent course and falls into the Bay of Bengal. It had more in common with the larger rivers except in its length where it resembles the minor rivers. On either side of the holy river (viz., Kuṇḍika), flourished kingdoms of the Yādavas of Addanki and of the Reḍḍis subsequently. Centres of pilgrimage, eg., Kanuparti had their heyday. The region and the river are celebrated in the records and literature of the Reḍḍis and relics of bygone glory are seen even today.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Kuṇḍikā.—(LP), a reservoir of water. Note: kuṇḍikā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

[«previous next»] — Kundika in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kuṇḍikā : (f.) a pitcher; water-jug.

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

Kuṇḍika, (cp. kuṇḍa) bending, in ahi-kuṇḍika (?) a snake charmer (lit. bender) J. IV, 308 (v. l. S. guṇṭhika) see ahi; and catu-kuṇḍika bent as regards his four limbs, i.e. walking on all fours M. I, 79; Pv III, 24 (expl. at PvA. 181). (Page 220)

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Kuṇḍikā, (f.) a water-pot J. I, 8, 9, II. 73 (=kamaṇḍalu), 317; V, 390; DhA. I, 92 (cp. kuṭa). (Page 220)

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuṇḍikā (कुण्डिका).—

1) A pitcher.

2) A student's water-pot (kamaṇḍalu). कुण्डिकां वामहस्ते च धारयेत्तु सरस्वती (kuṇḍikāṃ vāmahaste ca dhārayettu sarasvatī) Māna.54.22; Mb.12.18.19.

3) A small pool; नवा कुण्डिका (navā kuṇḍikā) Mahābhārata on P.I.1.44.

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

Kuṇḍika (कुण्डिक).—(m. or nt.; compare AMg. kuṇḍiya, water-pot, according to [Ardha-Māgadhī Dictionary] m.; Sanskrit kuṇḍaka, kuṇḍikā), water-pot: Lalitavistara 249.9 (prose; no v.l.) (aṅgāradhātu-kaṣāya-tridaṇḍa- muṇḍika)-kuṇḍika-kapāla-khaṭvāṅga-dhāraṇaiś ca (all as- cetics' paraphernalia).

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

Kuṇḍikā (कुण्डिका).—f.

(-kā) 1. A student’s waterpot, the Kamandalu. 2. A pitcher. E. kuṇḍa a pitcher, &c. kan added with the fem. aff.

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

1) Kuṇḍikā (कुण्डिका):—[from kuṇḍaka > kuṇḍa] a f. (ifc. [Pāṇini 8-3, 45; Kāśikā-vṛtti]) a pot, student’s water-pot, [Upaniṣad; Patañjali on Pāṇini 1-3, 6; Harivaṃśa 14836] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] Name of an, [Upaniṣad]

3) Kuṇḍika (कुण्डिक):—[from kuṇḍa] m. Name of a son of Dhṛta-rāṣṭra, [Mahābhārata i, 3747]

4) Kuṇḍikā (कुण्डिका):—[from kuṇḍika > kuṇḍa] b f. See kuṇḍaka.

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

Kuṇḍikā (कुण्डिका):—(kā) 1. f. A student’s water pot, a pitcher.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Kuṇḍika (कुण्डिक):—(von kuṇḍa)

1) m. Nomen proprium eines Sohnes von Dhṛtarāṣṭra (vgl. kuṇḍa [6.]) [Mahābhārata 1, 3747.] —

2) f. ā Krug, Topf [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 816.] [Śabdacandrikā im Śabdakalpadruma] [Vyutpatti oder Mahāvyutpatti 209.] sarpiṣkuṇḍikā [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 8, 3, 45,] [Scholiast] Im Prākṛt [Dhūrtasamāgama 70, 6.]

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Kuṇḍika (कुण्डिक):—

2) f. kuṇḍikā (f. zu kuṇḍaka) [UJJVAL.] zu [Uṇādisūtra 1, 114.] [Halāyudha 2, 256.] [Harivaṃśa 14836.] [KĀŚĪKH. 7, 18] bei [AUFRECHT, Halāyudha] [Ind.] daṇḍakuṇḍikāhasta [Kathāsaritsāgara 66, 8.] tyaktvāgre daṇḍakuṇḍikām (lies kuṇḍike) [97, 30.] —

3) f. kuṇḍikā Titel einer Upaniṣad [Weber’s Indische Studien 3, 325.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Kuṇḍika (कुण्डिक):—m. Nomen proprium eines Sohnes des Dhṛtaraṣṭra. — kuṇḍikā s.u. kuṇḍaka.

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Kuṇḍīka (कुण्डीक):—am Ende eines adj. Comp. (f. ā) Topf [Hemādri’s Caturvargacintāmaṇi 2,a.105,7.]

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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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