Kunta; 12 Definition(s)


Kunta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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

Shilpashastra (iconography)

The spear (kunta) of Murugand represents the focussed mind directed at the goal to be obtained or the enemy to be slain in the form of self-referent desire (kāma), anger (krodha), delusion (moha), arrogance or feeling of superiority (mada), niggardliness (lobha), and malicious envy (mātsarya).

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Inner Circle IV

Kunta (Spear) - One-pointedness of concentration applied during meditation aimed at the goal of perfection. Focussed attention at eliminating the inner demons of delusion, anger, greed etc.

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction
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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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Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Kunta (कुन्त) refers to a weapon (“spear”). 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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Kunta (कुन्त) refers to the “javelin”, a weapon which should measure should measure ten tālas (unit of measurement), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. In dramatic plays, weapons such as bhiṇḍi should be made by experts using proper measurements and given to persons engaged in a fight, angry conflict or siege. It forms a component of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

A throne (for an image) which was originally in the Pacina vihara of the Theravadins, and was later set up beside the Bodhi tree of the Abhayagiri vihara by Silakala (Cv.xli.31).

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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Kunta (कुन्त) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Kunta] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: archive.org: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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kunta : (m.) 1. sceptre lance; 2. a kind of bird.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kunta, (cp. Sk. kunta lance?) a kind of bird, otherwise called adāsa J. IV, 466. (Page 221)

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

Kunta (कुन्त).—

1) A lance, a barbed dart, spear; कुन्ताः प्रविशन्ति (kuntāḥ praviśanti) K. P.2. (i. e. kuntadhāriṇaḥ puruṣāḥ); विरहिनिकृन्तनकुन्तमुखाकृ- तिकेतकिदन्तुरिताशे (virahinikṛntanakuntamukhākṛ- tiketakidanturitāśe) Gīt.1. Mb.6.96.57.

2) A small animal, an insect.

3) A kind of grain.

4) Passion.

Derivable forms: kuntaḥ (कुन्तः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kunta (कुन्त).—(1) m. (Sanskrit Lex.; see kunta-pipīlikā), a small insect (ant ?): Mvy 4851 °taḥ = Tibetan srin bu phre-ḥu, small insect; followed by 4852 pipīlikā; (2) nt., tax, tri- bute: Mvy 7301 °tam = Tibetan dpya.

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

Kunta (कुन्त).—mf. (-ntaḥ-ntī) 1. A bearded dart, a lance. m.

(-ntaḥ) 1. A species of grain, (Coix barbata, Rox.) 2. A small animal, an insect. 3. Passionateness. f. (-ntiḥ or -ntī) 1. A wife af Pandu, and mother of the three elder Pandava princes, by as many gods. 2. The gum olibanum tree, (Boswelia thurifera.) 3. Beellium, a fragrant resin. 4. The wife of a Brahman. E. ku bad, and anta end, destroying ill, enemies, &c. or ka the head, and unda to give pain, ta substituted for da fem. affix in or ṅīṣ.

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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