Kuru: 32 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Kuru (कुरु):—Son of Saṃvaraṇa (son of Ṛkṣa) and his wife Tapatī (the daughter of Sūrya, the sun-god). He was the king of Kurukṣetra and had four sons named Parīkṣi, Sudhanu, Jahnu and Niṣadha. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.4-5)

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Kuru (कुरु) is the name of a region situated on the northern side of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Kuru (कुरु).—A King called Kuru was born in Dhruva’s dynasty. Genealogy. Descended from Viṣṇu thus: Brahmā—Svāyambhuva Manu—Uttānapāda—Dhruva—Śiṣṭi—Ripu—Cākṣuṣa (Cākṣuṣa Manu)—Kuru.

King Kuru was the grandfather of the reputed Vena and the great grandfather of emperor Pṛthu. Aṅga was the father of Vena. Not much is said about this Kuru in the Purāṇas. Kuru had ten brothers called Puru, Ūru, Śatadyumna, Tapasvī, Satyavāk, Śuci, Agniṣṭhu, Adhiratha, Sudyumna and Abhimanyu. Kuru had by his wife Ātreyī seven sons called Aṅga, Sumanas Svāti, Kratu, Aṅgiras, Gaya and Śibi, and to Aṅga was born by his wife Sunīthā the son, who became reputed as Vena. Pṛthu was Vena’s son. Pṛthu had five sons called Antardhāna, Vādī, Sūta, Māgadha, Pālita. To Antardhāna was born of his wife Śikhaṇḍinī a son called Havirdhāna, to whom were born by his wife Dhiṣaṇā six sons called Prācīnabarhis, Śukra, Gaya, Kṛṣṇa, Vṛaja and Ajina. The above is the only information available about this Kuru dynasty in the Purāṇas. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Part 1, Chapter 13), (See full article at Story of Kuru from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Kuru (कुरु).—Two sons, i.e. Uttānapāda and Priyavrata were born to Svāyambhuva Manu of his wife Śatarūpā. One King Kuru born in the dynasty of Uttānapāda has been referred to above, i.e. Kuru I. Another King Kuru is noticed in Priyavrata’s dynasty. To Priyavrata were born of his wife Barhiṣmatī fourteen sons called Agnīdhra, Idhmajihva, Yajñabāhu, Mahāvīra, Ghṛtapṛṣṭha, Sava, Hiraṇyaretā, Medhātithi, Vītihotra, Kavi, Ūrjaspati, Uttama, Tāmasa and Raivata. To Agnīdhra by his wife Pūrvacitti were born nine sons called Nābhi, Kimpuruṣa, Hari, Ilāvṛta, Ramyaka, Hiraṇmaya, Kuru, Bhadrāsva and Ketumāla. One King Kuru appears among them; but nothing more than the fact that he married a woman called Nārī is known about him. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa).

3) Kuru (कुरु).—A King, the brother of Rantideva. (See under Rantideva).

4) Kuru (कुरु).—Genealogy and birth. The very famous King Kuru was born in the Puru dynasty. His genealogy is given hereunder. Descended from Viṣṇu thus: Brahmā-Atri-Candra-Budha-Purūravas-Āyus-Nahuṣa-Yayāti-Puru-Janamejaya-Prācinvān-Pravīra-Namasyu-Vītabhaya-Śuṇḍu-Bahuvidha-Saṃyāti-Rahovādī-Raudrāśva-Matināra-Santurodha-Duṣyanta-Bharata-Suhotra-Suhotā-Gala-Garda-Suketu-Bṛhatkṣatra-Hasti-Ajamīḍha-Ṛkṣa-Saṃvaraṇa-Kuru.

To Kuru were born four sons called Parīkṣit, Sudhanus, Jahnu and Niṣadhāśva. The genealogy of the Kuru Kings is as follows: Sudhanus-Cyavana-Kṛti-Uparicaravasu-Bṛhadratha-Kuśāgraja-Ṛṣabha-Puṣpavān-Juhu.

Jarāsandha was another son of Bṛhadratha. Jarāsandha had four sons called Soma, Sahadeva, Turya and Śrutaśru. From Jahnu, the following sons were born:—Suratha-Viḍūratha-Sārvabhauma-Jayatsena,-Ravīya-Bhāvuka-Cakroddhata-Devātithi-Ṛkṣa-Bhīma and Pratīca. Pratīca had three sons called Devāpi, Śantanu and Bālhīka. Śantanu is known as Mahābhiṣak also. Dhṛtarāṣṭra and Pāṇḍu were the successors of Śantanu, and they came to be known as Kauravas also as they belonged to the dynasty of Kuru. But, since the sons of Pāṇḍu were born of Devas they may not be called Kauravas. Other Information. (1) Kurukṣetra became holy and sanctified on account of Kuru’s tapas. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verse 80).

(ii) While Kuru was once ploughing a land in Kurukṣetra Indra appeared there, and they had a talk. (Śalya Parva, Chapter 53 Verse 6).

(iii) While Kuru was once performing a yajña at Kurukṣetra, the river Sarasvatī went there under the name Sureṇu (Oghavatī) and watered the land. (Śalya Parva, Chapter 38, Verses 26 and 27).

5) Kuru (कुरु).—One of the sages who visited Bhīṣma on his bed of arrows. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 47, Verse 8).

6) Kuru (कुरु).—A son born to Saṃvaraṇa of Tapatī. The boy, following his naming and other consecratory rites, grew up like fire in which was offered havis (ghee). At the age of ten he became omniscient. At the age of sixteen he married Saudāminī, daughter of Sudāman. (Vāmana Purāṇa, Chapter 21).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Kuru (कुरु).—A son of Āgnīdhra and Pūrvacitti;1 Lord of Śṛngavaṭam.2 Kingdom north-east of Śṛṅgavatvarṣa.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 2. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 40; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 1. 17 and 22.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 47.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 44; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 51.

1b) A son of Samvarna and Tapaṭī; occupied Prayāga and established Kurukṣetra; Lord of Kurukṣetra. Had four (several, Viṣṇu-purāṇa) sons—Parīkṣit and others.1 Parīkṣit's son Janamejaya was his grandson? At Kurukṣetra he performed tapas and2 pleased Indra. Family members were known as Kauravas.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 4; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 214-7;; Viṣṇu-purāṇa 19. 76-8.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 68. 21.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 50. 20-2.

1c) A son of Manu and Naḍvalā; wife Āgneyī; gave birth to six sons, Aṅga and others.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 13. 5, 6.

1d) (Uttara) country of the; famous for a forest śaḍvala.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 84. 23, 48.

1e) A continent bounded by Śṛngavan on one side. Here Hari is worshipped in his Boar incarnation by Pṛthvi (Earth) with the Kurus.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 16. 8; 18. 34-9.

1f) An eastern kingdom watered by the Ganges. Its king was enlisted by Jarāsandha, against Yadus, but was vanquished by Kṛṣṇa.1 He took part in the festivities connected with the marriage of Rukminī and Kṛṣṇa.2 He praised Kṛṣṇa's heroism and welcomed him.3 Took part in the rājasūya of Yudhiṣṭhira.4 He went to Syamantapañcaka for solar eclipse;5 migration of Yadus to.6

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 10. 34. X. [50 (V) 2]; II. 7. 35. Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 50; III. 59. 3 and 46.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 54. 58.
  • 3) Ib. X. 71. 29; 72. 5; IX. 24. 63.
  • 4) Ib. X. 75. 12.
  • 5) Ib. X. 82. 13; 84. 55.
  • 6) Ib. X. 2.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kuru (कुरु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.70.1) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kuru) 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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

1) Kuru (कुरु).—the founder of the dynasty in which the Pāṇḍavas, as well as their archrivals, the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra, took birth.

2) Kuru (कुरु).—All of the descendants of King Kuru, but specifically the 100 sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. The Pāṇḍavas were also descendants of King Kuru, but Dhṛtarāṣṭra wished to exclude them from the family tradition; enemies of the Pāṇḍavas.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Kuru (कुरु) refers to one of the seven regions (navakhaṇḍa) situated within Jambūdvīpa, according to Parākhyatantra 5.61. It is also known as Kurukhaṇḍa. Jambūdvīpa is one of the seven continents situated within the world of the earth (pṛthivī). These continents are located above the seven pātālas and may contain even more sub-continents within them, are round in shape, and are encircled within seven concentric oceans.

According to the Parākhyatantra, “like Ramya there is beyond that the landmass Kuru, where Hara told Upamanyu ‘Do (kuru) thus; drink the milk’, and so it is called Kuru”.

In the middle of these nine regions (e.g., Kuru) is situated the golden mountain named Meru which rises above the surface of the earth by 84,000 yojanas while it penetrates the circle of the earth to a depth of sixteen yojanas.

The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Kalpa (Formulas, Drug prescriptions and other Medicinal preparations)

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Kuru refers to “boil” [in the Malayalam language] and represents one of the various diseases mentioned in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning kuru] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

1) Kuru (कुरु) [=Kura?] (Cf. Kaurava, Kurukṣetra) refers to a country  identified with Delhi, belonging to “Madhyadeśa (central division)” classified under the constellations of Kṛttikā, Rohiṇī and Mṛgaśīrṣa, according to the system of Kūrmavibhāga, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 14), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The countries of the Earth beginning from the centre of Bhāratavarṣa and going round the east, south-east, south, etc., are divided into 9 divisions corresponding to the 27 lunar asterisms at the rate of 3 for each division and beginning from Kṛttikā. The constellations of Kṛttikā, Rohiṇī and Mṛgaśīrṣa represent the Madhyadeśa or central division consisting of the countries of [i.e., Kuru] [...]”.

2) Kuru (कुरु) also refers to a country belonging to “Uttaratas or Uttaradeśa (northern division)” classified under the constellations of Śatabhiṣaj, Pūrvabhādrapada and Uttarabhādrapada, according to the system of Kūrmavibhāga.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Ancient Indian kingdom; The Kurus were the rulers of the Kuru kingdom, with their capital at Hastinapur. Kuru was the son of Samvarana (descendant of the Pururavas Aila) and Tapati, daughter of Surya.

Kuru’s wife Vahini gave birth to five sons:

  1. Avikshit,
  2. Bhavishyanta,
  3. Chaitraratha,
  4. Muni and
  5. Janamejaya

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A country, one of the sixteen Mahajanapadas (D.ii.200; A.i.213 etc.). Frequent references to it are found in the Pali Canon. It is said that Kuru was originally the name of the chieftains (rajakumara) of the country and that their territory was later named after them. Buddhaghosa records a tradition (DA.ii.481f; MA.i.184 etc.) which states that, when Mandhata returned to Jambudipa from his sojourn in the four Mahadipas and in the devalokas, there were in his retinue a large number of the people of Uttarakuru. They settled down in Jambudipa, and their settlement was known as Kururattha. It had many towns and villages.

The country seems to have had very little political influence in the Buddhas time, though, in the past, Pancala, Kuru and Kekaka were evidently three of the most powerful kingdoms (See, e.g., J.ii.214). According to the Jatakas (E.g., J.v.57, 484; vi.255. Also Mtu.i.34; ii.419), the kingdom of Kuru was three hundred leagues in extent and its capital, Indapatta, seven leagues in circumference. The ruling dynasty at Indapatta belonged to the Yudhitthila gotta (J.iii.400; iv.361). Among the kings of the past, Dhananjaya Koravya is mentioned several times (J.ii.366; iii.400; iv.450; vi.260 etc.) and reference is also made to a king called Koravya (J.iv.361; v.457) whose son was the Bodhisatta Sutasoma. During the Buddhas time, also, the chieftain of Kuru was called Koravya, and his discussion with the Elder Ratthapala, who was himself the scion of a noble family of the Kurus, is recounted in the Ratthapala Sutta (M.ii.65ff). Perhaps at one time the Kuru kingdom extended as far as Uttarapancala, for in the Somanassa Jataka (J.iv.444), Uttarapancala is mentioned as a town in the Kururattha, with Renu as its king.

Koravya had a park called Migacira where Ratthapala took up his residence when he visited his parents (MA.ii.725). The people of Kuru had a reputation for deep wisdom and good health, and this reputation is mentioned (MA.i.184f; AA.ii.820; they were also probably reputed to be virtuous; see the Kurudhamma Jataka) as the reason for the Buddha having delivered some of his most profound discourses to the Kurus, for example, the Mahanidana, and the Mahasatipatthana Suttas. Among other discourses delivered in the Kuru country are the Magandiya Sutta, the Ananjasappaya Sutta, the Sammosa Sutta and the Ariyavasa Sutta. All these were preached at Kammassadhamma, which is described as a nigama of the Kurus, where the Buddha resided from time to time. Another town of the Kurus, which we find mentioned, is Thullakotthika, the birthplace of Ratthapala, and here the Buddha stayed during a tour (M.ii.54; ThagA.ii.30). Udenas queen, Magandiya, came from Kuru (DhA.i.199), and Aggidatta, chaplain to the Kosala king, lived on the boundary between Kuru and Ariga and Magadha,

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Kuru (कुरु) is a country rather than a city. It is one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas listed in Dīgha, II, p. 200; Aṅguttara, I, p. 213, etc. The country corresponds to the district of Thānasar, capital of Indraprastha, near the present city of Delhi. In one of its villages, Kalmāṣadamya, the Buddha preached some of his most important sermons, such as the Mahānidāna and the Mahāsatipatthānasutta.

Source: archive.org: Bulletin of the French School of the Far East (volume 5)

Kuru (कुरु) (in Chinese: Kieou-lou) is the name of an ancient kingdom associated with Mṛgaśiras or Mṛgaśirasnakṣatra, as mentioned in chapter 18 of the Candragarbha: the 55th section of the Mahāsaṃnipāta-sūtra, a large compilation of Sūtras (texts) in Mahāyāna Buddhism partly available in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese.—Chapter 18 deals with geographical astrology and, in conversation with Brahmarāja and others, Buddha explains how he entrusts the Nakṣatras [e.g., Mṛgaśiras] with a group of kingdoms [e.g., Kuru] for the sake of protection and prosperity.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Kuru (कुरु) is the name of a Śrāvaka mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Kuru).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Kuru (कुरु) (distinguished by the city Gajapura) refers to one of the 25½ countries of the Kṣetrāryas, situated in the “middle world” (madhyaloka), according to chapter 2.3 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“In these 35 zones on this side of Mānuṣottara and in the Antaradvīpas, men arise by birth; [...]. From the division into Āryas and Mlecchas they are two-fold. The Āryas have sub-divisions [e.g., kṣetra (country)]. [...] The kṣetrāryas are born in the 15 Karmabhumis. Here in Bharata they have 25½ places of origin (e.g., Kuru), distinguishable by cities (e.g., Gajapura) in which the birth of Tīrthakṛts, Cakrabhṛts, Kṛṣṇas, and Balas takes place”.

2) Kuru (कुरु) also refers to a sub-division of the Jātyārya class of Āryas (one of the two types of human beings), taking birth in the “middle world” (madhyaloka), according to chapter 2.3.—Accordingly, “[...] The Jātyāryas are the Ikṣvākus, Jñātas, Haris, Videhas, Kurus, Ugras, Bhojas, and Rājanyas”.

3) Kuru (कुरु) is the name of a son of Ṛṣabhanātha, according to chapter 6.4 [subhūma-cakravartin-caritra].—Accordingly:—“Now, Ṛṣabhanātha had a son Kuru, after whom Kurudeśa was named. He had a son Hastin, after whom Hāstinapura was named, the native land of Tīrthakṛts and cakrins. Anantavīrya, belonging to this line, was king there, long-armed. [...]”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Kuru (कुरु) is the name of a tribe 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. The Kurus had two branches, the northern and the southern. Uttarakuru or the country of the Northern Kurus, is supposed to be a region beyond the most northern range of the Himālaya mountains, and is described as a country of everlasing happiness. We have discussed in details, the Kurus, in the section on tribes. The Bṛhatsaṃhitā mentions it as a country situated in the North. In the later period the Uttarakurus had only a mythical or legendary existence.

Source: archive.org: Glossary of Sinhalese Folk Terms appearing in the Service Tenure Register


Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Kuru (कुरु) refers to one of the sixteen Mahājanapadas of the Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—In the ancient literature mention is made of two Kuru countries, Uttarākuru and Dakkhiṇakuru. The Kuru country mentioned in the Ṛg-veda is probably the Uttarākuru of later times which is alluded to in Pāli literature as a mythical region. Its extent is, however, given as 8,000 yojanas. References to the southern Kuru country are frequent in Buddhist literature. The Papañcasūdanī says that there was a Janapada named Kuru and its kings used to be called Kurus.

The Papañcasūdanī gives us a story of the origin of the Kurus. It is stated that King Mandhātā, a Cakkavattī king of Jambudīpa, conquered Pubbavideha, Aparagoyāna, and Uttarākuru besides the devalokas. While returning from Uttarākuru a large number of the inhabitants of that country followed Mandhātā to Jambudīpa, and the place in Jambudīpa where they settled became known as Kururaṭṭham including provinces, villages, towns, etc. This explains the word ‘Kurusu’ occurring in Pāli Buddhist literature. The Buddha is said to have delivered a number of religious discourses in the Kuru country and a large number of people embraced Buddhism.

The ancient Kuru country may be said to have comprised the Kurukshetra or Thaneswar. The district included Sonapat, Amin, Karnal, and Pānipat, and was situated between the Saraswatī on the north and Drishadvatī on the south. According to the Mahā-sutasoma Jātaka (No. 537), the Kuru country was three hundred leagues in extent, and the capital city of Indapatta extended over seven leagues. It is stated in the Jātakas (Nos. 413 and 495) that the ruling dynasty belonged to the Yudhiṭṭhila gotta (i.e., the famity of Yudhiṣṭhira).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Kuru in East Africa is the name of a plant defined with Oxygonum sinuatum in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Ceratogonum cordofanum Meissn. (among others).

2) Kuru in India is also identified with Gardenia gummifera It has the synonym Genipa arborea Baill. (etc.).

3) Kuru is also identified with Gentiana kurroo It has the synonym Pneumonanthe kurroo D. Don.

4) Kuru in Nigeria is also identified with Lophira alata It has the synonym Lophira simplex G. Don (etc.).

5) Kuru in Pacific is also identified with Artocarpus altilis It has the synonym Radermachia incisa Thunb. (etc.).

6) Kuru in Senegal is also identified with Acridocarpus spectabilis It has the synonym Rhinopterys angustifolia Sprague (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Histoire des Plantes (1880)
· Afr. J. Tradit. Complement. Altern. Med. (2009)
· Phytologia (1978)
· Char. Gen. Pl. (1775)
· Flora Indica, or ‘Descriptions of Indian Plants’ (1832)
· Supplementum carpologiae. . . . 3: 52, t. 188. 1805, A General History of the Dichlamydeous Plants 1: 814. 1831 and Journal of Botany, British and Foreign 15: 186–188. 1901, Exploration Botanique de l’Afrique Occidentale Française ... 5: 154. 1909, Journal of Natural Products 69(8): 1206–1208. 2006, (1805)

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kurū (कुरू).—m A fit or gust of haughty anger. v .

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuru (कुरु).—(pl.)

1) Name of a country situated in the north of India about the site of the modern Delhi; श्रियः कुरूणा- मधिपस्य पालनीम् (śriyaḥ kurūṇā- madhipasya pālanīm) Kirātārjunīya 1.1; चिराय तस्मिन् कुरवश्चकासति (cirāya tasmin kuravaścakāsati) 1.17.

2) The kings of this country.

-ruḥ 1 A priest.

2) Boiled rice.

Derivable forms: kuruḥ (कुरुः).

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

Kuru (कुरु).—m. = Uttara-kuru; see s.v. dvīpa.

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Kuru (कुरु).—nt. (= Sanskrit Lex. id.), boiled rice: Mahāvastu i.28.10 (prose) asti kuru (v.l. kuruṃ; n. sg.) asti yvāgū. Senart em. to kūraṃ, which is Sanskrit; in i.29.3 he reads kūro ti loke pretasmiṃ paśya yāva sudurlabhaṃ (note nt. adj.!), but mss. all kuro (except one karo); perhaps read kurū, kuruṃ, or even kuro with mss. (o for final u, favored by meter).

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

Kuru (कुरु).—m.

(-ruḥ) 1. Kuru or Uttara Kuru, the most northerly of the four Maha Dwipas, or principal divisions of the known world, by other systems it is considered as one of nine divisions of Varshas of the same; in both cases it is the country beyond the northern-most range of mountains, extending to the frozen ocean. 2. A proper name, son of Agnidhra, and grandson of Priyavrata. 3. A proper name, a prince of the lunar race, son of Samvarana by Tapati; sovereign of the north-west of India or the country about Dehli, and ancestor of both Pandu and Dhritarashtra; the patronymic however derived from his name is most usually applied to the sons of the latter. 4. A holy place: see kurukṣetra. 5. Boiled rice. 6. Pricklynightshade: see kaṇṭakārikā. E. kṛ to make, ku affix, and becomes. u.

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

Kuru (कुरु).—m. 1. pl. The name of a people, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 92. 2. The progenitor of the Kurus, Mahābhārata 1, 4346.

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

Kuru (कुरु).—[masculine] [Name] of an ancient king; [plural] his race and people.

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

1) Kuru (कुरु):—m. [plural] Name of a people of India and of their country (situated near the country of the Pañcālas; hence often connected with Pañcāla or Pañcāla [see kuru-pañc below] : the uttara-kuravaḥ, or uttarāḥ kuravaḥ are the northern Kurus, the most northerly of the four Mahā-dvīpas or principal divisions of the known world [distinguished from the dakṣiṇāḥ kuravaḥ or southern Kurus, [Mahābhārata i, 4346]], by other systems regarded as one of the nine divisions or Varṣas of the same; it was probably a country beyond the most northern range of the Himālaya, often described as a country of everlasting happiness [Aitareya-brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata] etc., and considered by some to be the ancient home of the Āryan race)

2) = ṛtvijas (priests), [Naighaṇṭuka, commented on by Yāska]

3) = kartāras (‘doers’, [from] √1. kṛ) [commentator or commentary] on [Chāndogya-upaniṣad]

4) Name of the ancestor of the Kurus (son of Saṃvaraṇa and Tapatī, daughter of the sun [Mahābhārata i, 3738 ff.; Harivaṃśa 1799 etc.]; Kuru is the ancestor of both Pāṇḍu and Dhṛta-rāṣṭra, though the patronymic derived from his name is usually applied only to the sons of the latter, the sons and descendants of the former being called Pāṇḍavas)

5) Name of a son of Āgnīdhra and grandson of Priya-vrata, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

6) boiled rice, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) the plant Solanum Jacquini (= kaṇṭakārikā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) f. (ūs) a princess of the Kuru race, [Pāṇini 4-1, 66 & 176] (cf. kaurava, etc.)

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

Kuru (कुरु):—(ruḥ) 2. m. Name of a king and of a country to the north.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Kuru (कुरु) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Kurā, Kuru.

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Kuru in German

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Kuru (कुरु) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Kuru.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kuru (ಕುರು):—

1) [noun] an inflamed pus-filled swelling caused by infection; a boil; an abscess.

2) [noun] something that pains, irritates a person; an irritant.

3) [noun] ಕುರುವಿನ ಮೇಲೆ ಬೊಕ್ಕೆ [kuruvina mele bokke] kuruvina mēle bokke (fig.) a difficult or irritant condition worsening by another such difficulty or irritation.

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Kuru (ಕುರು):—[adjective] small; little; tiny.

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Kuru (ಕುರು):—[noun] boiled rice.

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Kuṟu (ಕುಱು):—[verb] = ಕುಱಿ [kuri]1.

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Kuṟu (ಕುಱು):—[adjective] small; little; tiny.

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Kuṟu (ಕುಱು):—[noun] a mark; a sign.

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Kūru (ಕೂರು):—

1) [verb] to feel love or deep fondness for; to love.

2) [verb] to delight in; to admire; to greatly cherish.

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Kūru (ಕೂರು):—

1) [verb] to sit a) to rest the weight of the body upon the buttocks and the back of the thighs, as on a chair, the floor, a mat, etc.; to be seated; b) (a quadruped) to rest on the haunches with the forelegs braced; c) (a bird) to perch or roost.

2) [verb] to occupy a position of authority.

3) [verb] (gen.) to be placed on.

4) [verb] to fit in (properly); ಕೂತು ತಿನ್ನುವವನಿಗೆ ಕುಡಿಕೆ ಹಣ ಸಾಲದು [kutu tinnuvavanige kudike hana saladu] kūtu tinnuvavanige kuḍike haṇa sāladu (prov.) for a reckless spender, no wealth does last; idleness is the greatest prodigality in the world.

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Kūru (ಕೂರು):—[noun] a deep and tender feeling of affection for or attachment or devotion to a person or persons; love.

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Kūru (ಕೂರು):—[noun] a portion or division of a whole; a part.

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Kūru (ಕೂರು):—[noun] a unit of weight.

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Kūru (ಕೂರು):—[noun] a projecting part cut on the end of a piece of wood, etc. for insertion into a corresponding hole (mortise) in another piece to make a joint; a tenon.

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Kūru (ಕೂರು):—[verb] (dial.) to feel drowsy.

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Kūṟu (ಕೂಱು):—[noun] a portion or division of a whole; a part.

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