Kuntala: 17 definitions


Kuntala 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

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Kuntala (कुन्तल):—A mode of dressing hair.—The style known as kuntala is meant for the goddess Lakṣmī and also for the queens of emperors and adhirājas and narendras.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kuntala (कुन्तल).—The King of the country Kuntala. Kuntala was a Kingdom in ancient South India. The King of the country was called Kuntala and the people were known as Kuntalas. (Sabhā Parva, and Bhīṣma Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Kuntala (कुन्तल).—(Svātikarṇa) Āndhra king ruled for eight years.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 273. 8.

1b) —(c)—a kingdom of Madhya deśa; a southern country.*

  • * ^1 Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 41 and 59-60; 18. 44.

1c) A people of southern country;1 were enlisted by Jarāsandha against the Yadus.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 114. 35; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 110, 127; 47. 42.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. [50 (V) 3].
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kuntala (कुन्तल) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.31.11, VI.10.38, VI.10.64, VI.47.12) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kuntala) 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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha

Kuntala (कुन्तल).—One of the various countries and cities mentioned by Soḍḍhala.—Kuntala had been located by Rājaśekhara in the Southern India and Sātavahanas are mentioned as the rulers of the country. Soḍḍhala says, in the Kuntala, there was a city called Pratiṣṭhāna on the hank of the river Godāvarī. Malayavāhana, the hero of the tale, is said to he the ruler of this country. The tract of the country between the two rivers Godāvarī and Kṛṣṇā is the country of the Kuntalas, said sometimes portions of Karṇāṭaka and Vidarhha are included in this country.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara

Kuntala (कुन्तल) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—In the Kāvyamīmāṃsā of Rājaśekhara locates Kuntala in the southern part of India, where Sātavāhanas are mentioned as the rulers of this region. The tract of this region between the two rivers Godāvarī and Kṛṣṇā. However, sometimes a portion of Karnataka as also of Vidarbha is included in this region.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: archive.org: Indian Historical Quarterly Vol. 7

Kuntala (कुन्तल) is the name of a country classified as both Hādi and Kādi (both types of Tantrik division), according to the 13th century Sammoha-tantra (fol. 7).—There are ample evidences to prove that the zone of heterodox Tantras went far beyond the natural limits of India. [...] The zones in the Sammoha-tantra [viz., Kuntala] are here fixed according to two different Tantrik modes, known as Kādi and Hādi.

India history and geogprahy

Source: Wisdom Library: India History

Kuntala (कुन्तल) is the name of a country included within Dakṣiṇapatha which was situated to the south of the Vindhyas according to the Yādavaprakāśa. Dakṣiṇāpatha is a place-name ending is patha mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. 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.

Kuntala as included within Dakṣiṇapatha is also mentioned by Rājaśekhara (fl. 10th century) in his Kāvyamīmāṃsā (chapter 17) who places Dakṣiṇapatha ahead of Māhiṣmatī.

Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity

Kuntala (r. 9-1 BCE) or Kuntala Śātakarṇi is a king from the Sātavāhana dynasty of ancient India. The Sātavāhana lineage (known as Andhra in the Purāṇas) once ruled much of the Deccan region and several of the Ajantā caves at West-Khandesh (West-Khaṇḍeśa, modern Jalgaon) were carved in the 3rd century BCE when the region was ruled by kings (eg., Kuntala Śātakarṇi) and descendants of the Sātavāhana kings. Kuntala Śātakarṇi was preceded by Mṛgendra Śātakarṇi and succeeded by Śātakarṇi III.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Kuntala.—(EI 24), ‘one who wields the spear’. Note: kuntala 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

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kuntala : (m.) hair.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuntala (कुन्तल).—

1) The hair of the head, a lock of hair; प्रतनुविरलैः प्रान्तोन्मीलन्मनोहरकुन्तलैः (pratanuviralaiḥ prāntonmīlanmanoharakuntalaiḥ) U.1.2. Ch. P.4,6; Gīt.2.

2) A drinking cup.

3) A plough.

4) Barley.

5) A kind of perfume.

-lāḥ (pl.) Name of a country and its inhabitants.

Derivable forms: kuntalaḥ (कुन्तलः).

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

Kuntala (कुन्तल).—nt. (in Sanskrit and Prakrit only m.), hair (of the head): LV 49.20 (verse) kuntalānī (-ī m.c.).

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

Kuntala (कुन्तल).—m.

(-laḥ) 1. Hair. 2. A drinking cup. 3. Barley. 4. A plough 5. The name of a country in the north-west of the peninsula. m. plu.

(-lāḥ) The people of the inhabitants of Kuntala. E. kunta a dart, and to bring or gain, ka aff.

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

Kuntala (कुन्तल).—[masculine] the hair of the head; [plural] [Name] of a people.

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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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