Kusika, Kuśika, Kushika: 16 definitions


Kusika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, biology. 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.

The Sanskrit term Kuśika can be transliterated into English as Kusika or Kushika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Kuśika (कुशिक).—A very famous monarch in the Puru dynasty. He was the grandfather of Viśvāmitra and father of Gādhi. Genealogy. Descended from Mahāviṣṇu 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-Bṛhatputra-Aj mīḍha-Jahnu-Balākāśva-Kuśika. Indra as son. Kuśika began tapas for a son who would be equal to Indra and could not be killed by others. Pleased with his tapas Indra voluntarily took birth as Kuśika’s son. Gādhi was that son; in fact he was an incarnation of Indra. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 49). (See full article at Story of Kuśika from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Kuśika (कुशिक).—A sage who came to see Pramadvarā who died of snake poison (Ādi Parva, Chapter 8, Verse 25). On his way to Hastināpura he saw Śrī Kṛṣṇa. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 83, Verse 27).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kuśika (कुशिक) is the name of an ancient Sage (Muni), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.39 (“The gods arrive at Kailāsa”).—Accordingly: “[...] Lord Śiva thus requested by Viṣṇu, and being himself eager to follow worldly conventions performed the same duly. Authorised by Him, I performed all the rites conducive to prosperity, assisted by the sages. The sages [e.g., Kuśika, ...], and other sages came to Śiva. Urged by me they performed the sacred rites duly. All of them who had mastered the Vedas and Vedāṅgas performed the safety rites for Śiva and tied the auspicious thread round his wrist. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Kusika (कुसिक).—The king who engaged himself in austerities for a son for one thousand years when Indra himself was born his son Gādhi by name. See kusastamba.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 66. 33. 5.

2a) Kuśika (कुशिक).—A great sage (vipraṛṣi).*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 157.

2b) A son of the Nakuli avatār of the lord.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 223.

2c) The thirteenth kalpa so-called.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 21. 32.

2d) Descendants of Kuśika;1 kingdom of: sages of.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 16. 36-37.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 121. 54; 198. 8.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kuśika (कुशिक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIII.4) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kuśika) 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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India history and geography

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

Kuśika (कुशिक) is an example of a Śaivite name mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. Classification of personal names according to deities (e.g., from Śaivism) were sometimes used by more than one person and somehow seem to have been popular. 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. Derivation of personal names (e.g., Kuśika) during the rule of the Guptas followed patterns such as tribes, places, rivers and mountains.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Early Gupta Kings

Kuśika (कुशिक) refers to one of the four disciples of Lakulī (the last incarnation of Maheśvara).—Lakulī had four ascetic pupils, namely, Kuśika, Garga, Mitra and Kauruṣya. The same information is contained in a stone slab inscription, which originally belonged to a temple at Somanātha [= Somnath] in Kathiawad [Kathiyawadi?]. [...] The order and names of his pupils are, however, slightly different in this epigraphic record, being Kuśika, Gārgya, Kauruṣa and Maitreya. [...] The Cintra praśasti, however, tells us one thing more, namely, that these four disciples of Lakulī were the founders of four lines amongst the Pāśupatas.

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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)

Kushika in India is the name of a plant defined with Terminalia bellirica in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Myrobalanus laurinoides (Teijsm. & Binn.) Kuntze (among others).

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

· Plant Systematics and Evolution (1996)
· Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Botanique (1856)
· Plants of the Coast of Coromandel (1805)
· De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum (1791)
· Flora of the British India (1878)
· Hooker’s Journal of Botany Kew Gard. Misc. (1851)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuśika (कुशिक).—a. Squint-eyed.

-kaḥ 1 Name of the father or the grand-father of विश्वामित्र (viśvāmitra).

2) A plough-share.

3) (pl.) Descendants of Kuśika; Bhāgavata 9.15.6.

4) Sediment of oil.

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

Kuśika (कुशिक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) Squint-eyed. m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A Muni or divine sage so named, the father of Jamadagni. 2. A ploughshare. 3. The Sal tree, (Shorea robusta.) 4. Beleric myrobalan: see vibhītaka. 5. The sediment of oil. E. kuśa the grass, &c. ikan aff.

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

Kuśika (कुशिक).—m. A proper name, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 23, 11. pl. His descendants, Mahābhārata 1, 3723.

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

Kuśika (कुशिक).—[masculine] [Name] of an ancient sage; [plural] his race, also [Name] of a people.

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

1) Kuśikā (कुशिका):—[from kuśa] a f. a piece of wood used as a splint for a broken leg, [Caraka viii, 23.]

2) Kuśika (कुशिक):—mfn. squint-eyed, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) m. Name of the father [or grandfather, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa]] of Viśvā-mitra, [Ṛg-veda iii, 33, 5; Mahābhārata] etc.

4) of the father of Gāthin or Gādhin or Gādhi (the latter being sometimes identified with Indra, who is called Kauśika or Kuśikôttama, [Mahābhārata xiii, 800]; Gādhi is also regarded as the father of Viśvā-mitra, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa])

5) m. [plural] the descendants of Kuśika, [Ṛg-veda; Aitareya-brāhmaṇa] etc.

6) Name of a people, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

7) m. Name of the thirteenth Kalpa, [Vāyu-purāṇa]

8) the sediment of oil, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) the plant Shorea Robusta, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) the plant Terminalia Bellerica, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) the plant Vatika Robusta, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

12) mn. a ploughshare, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

13) Kuśikā (कुशिका):—[from kuśika] b f. See the top of the [column]

14) Kuṣika (कुषिक):—m. Name of a prince, [Mahābhārata ii, 8, 10] ([varia lectio] kuśika).

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

Kuśika (कुशिक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. Father of Jamadagni; a plough-share; the Sāl tree: myrobalan; sediment of oil. a. Squint-eyed.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kusika 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kuśika (ಕುಶಿಕ):—

1) [noun] the share or cutting blade of a plough; a plough-share.

2) [noun] the father of the Vedic sage Viśvāmitra.

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Kusika (ಕುಸಿಕ):—[noun] a man in low spirits; a sad or dejected man.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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