Kundodara, Kuṇḍodara: 4 definitions

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Kundodara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Kuṇḍodara (कुण्डोदर) is the name of a gaṇa (attendant of Śiva), mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa 4.2.53. In this chapter, Śiva (Giriśa) summons his attendants (gaṇas) and ask them to venture towards the city Vārāṇasī (Kāśī) in order to find out what the yoginīs, the sun-god, Vidhi (Brahmā) were doing there.

While the gaṇas such as Kuṇḍodara were staying at Kāśī, they were desirous but unable of finding a weakness in king Divodaśa who was ruling there. Kāśī is described as a fascinating place beyond the range of Giriśa’s vision, and as a place where yoginīs become ayoginīs, after having come in contact with it. Kāśī is described as having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

The Skandapurāṇa narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is the largest Mahāpurāṇa composed of over 81,000 metrical verses, with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Kuṇḍodara (कुण्डोदर).—A son of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Bhīma killed him. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 88, Verse 23).

2) Kuṇḍodara (कुण्डोदर).—A prominent serpent. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 35, Verse 16).

3) Kuṇḍodara (कुण्डोदर).—Sixth son of King Janamejaya. The King had eight sons, Viz. Dhṛtarāṣṭra, Pāṇḍu, Bālhīka, Niṣadha, Jāmbūnada, Kuṇḍodara, Padāti and Vasāti. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verse 57).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kuṇḍodara (कुण्डोदर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.31.15, I.35, I.108.6) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kuṇḍodara) 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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Kuṇḍodara is the name of a deity depicted at the Nellaiappar Temple at Tirunelveli, representing a sacred place for the worship of Śiva.—[...] in the right corner is the sanctum of Bhairava. Bhairava is found to be in digāṃbara form (clothed in sky). His dog accompanies him. The dog is an incarnation of Kuṇḍodara (Kuṇḍōdaran) (he who carries Śiva’s umbrella) [...]

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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