Kuntibhoja, Kunti-bhoja: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Kuntibhoja (कुन्तिभोज).—A king of the Yadu dynasty, and the foster father of Kuntī. He took the side of the Pāṇḍavas during the Kurukṣetra war.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kuntibhoja in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kuntibhoja (कुन्तिभोज).—General. A King of the Yadu dynasty; son of the sister of Śūrasena, who was the father of Vasudeva and grandfather of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. (For genealogy see under Śrī Kṛṣṇa). Kuntibhoja was also the foster-father of Kuntī, the daughter of Śūrasena. (See Para 1, under Kuntī 1). Other information. (i) Sahadeva, during his triumphal march over the southern kingdoms subjugated Kuntibhoja. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 31, Verse 16).

(ii) He participated in the Rājasūya Yajña of Yudhiṣṭhira. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 34, Verse 12).

(iii) The son of Kuntibhoja also became famous under the same name, and Purujit was the son of this Kuntibhoja. Both of them were uncles of the Pāṇḍavas. (Karṇa Parva, Chapter 6, Verse 22).

(iv) On the first day of the Kurukṣetra war Kuntibhoja and his sons fought with Vinda and Anuvinda. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 45, Verse 72),

(v) It was Kuntibhoja who occupied the netrasthāna (eye-position) of the Krauñcavyūha set up by Dhṛṣṭadyumna. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 50, Verse 47).

(vi) Kuntibhoja and Śatānīka occupied the Pādasthāna (foot position) of the Makaravyūha on the Pāṇḍava side. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 75, Verse 11).

(vii) He possessed a noble and high-bred horse. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 23, Verse 46).

(viii) In the great war he fought with Alambuṣa. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 16, Verse 183).

(ix) Ten of his children were killed by Aśvatthāmā. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 96, Verse 18). (See full article at Story of Kuntibhoja from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kuntibhoja (कुन्तिभोज).—(Kunti, Vāyu-purāṇa), went to Syamantapañcaka for solar eclipse;1 adopted pṛthā, daughter of Śūra, as his daughter. (See Sorenson's index to proper names in mahābhārata, p. 436). Pāṇḍu married Kuntī, daughter of Kuntibhoja.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 82. 25. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 14. 32. 3.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 151-2; Matsya-purāṇa 46. 7; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 150.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kuntibhoja (कुन्तिभोज) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.28.6, II.31.12, VI.46.45) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kuntibhoja) 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: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Kuntibhoja (कुन्तिभोज) is the name of a king, who order his daughter Kuntī to attend upon a hermit named Durvāsas, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 16. The story was told to Padmāvatī by her mother, in order to show her that “gods and hermits remain in the houses of good people for the sake of deluding them”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Kuntibhoja, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Kuntibhoja in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Kuntibhoja (कुन्तिभोज) is the name of an ancient kingdom or tribe of people, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 10), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If the course of Saturn (śanaiścara) [i.e., Arkaputra] should lie through the constellation of Uttarāṣādha, the people of Daśārṇa, the Yavanas, the people of Ujjain, barbarians, the people of Pāriyātra and the Kuntibhojas will suffer. If the course of Saturn should lie through Śravaṇa public officials, the chief Brāhmins, physicians, priests and the people of Kaliṅga will suffer miseries. If his course should lie through Dhaniṣṭhā, the ruler of Magadha will become triumphant and treasury officers will prosper”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kuntibhoja in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuntibhoja (कुन्तिभोज).—Name of a Yādava prince, king of the Kunties, who being childless, adopted Kuntī. पुरुजित् कुन्तिभोजश्च (purujit kuntibhojaśca) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 1.5.

Derivable forms: kuntibhojaḥ (कुन्तिभोजः).

Kuntibhoja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kunti and bhoja (भोज).

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

Kuntibhoja (कुन्तिभोज).—[masculine] a prince of the Kuntis.

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

1) Kuntibhoja (कुन्तिभोज):—[=kunti-bhoja] [from kunti] m. Name of a Yādava prince (king of the Kuntis, who adopted Kuntī), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. [plural] Name of a people, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā x, 15.]

3) Kuntībhoja (कुन्तीभोज):—[=kuntī-bhoja] [from kuntī > kunti] a wrong spelling for kunti-bh q.v., [Mahābhārata iii, 17067.]

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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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