Kutastha, Kūṭastha, Kuta-stha: 14 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ) or Kūṭastharūpa refers to one who assumes the form of “perpetually immovable” and represents and epithet of Goddess Durgā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.11. Accordingly as Brahmā said to Nārada:—“[...] O sage, seeing her [Durgā] who was Śiva’s Energy herself, directly in front of me, my lofty shoulders bent down with devotion and I eulogised her after due obeisance. [...] Thou art the Vidyā of diverse sorts. Thou art endowed with illumination, purity and detachment. Thou assumest Kūṭastha (perpetually immovable), Avyakta (unmanifest) and Ananta (infinite) form and Thou art the eternal time holding all the worlds”.

2) Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ) refers to the “primordial Being”, and is used as an epithet of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.19. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] thus commanded by Śiva in the presence of all, Viṣṇu spoke thus propitiating the great lord:—‘[...] O Śiva, you are the supreme brilliance, the firmament, having your own abode. You are the primordial Being (Kūṭastha), the immovable, the unmanifest, of endless forms, the eternal and devoid of attributes—length etc. From this form alone everything has emanated’”.

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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: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ) refers to “firmly situated in one’s own transcendental position, free from any sensual agitation”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Google Books: The Goddess Lakṣmī: The Divine Consort in South Indian Vaiṣṇava Tradition

Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ) refers to the “aggregate (of souls)” which emerges during the intermediary creation (śuddhetara), according to the Lakṣmītantra dealing with the philosophy of the Pañcarātra.—The intermediary creation, which is called non-pure creation (śuddhetara, because it is a mixture of both pure and impure), emanates from the bhūti-śakti.  During the intermediary creation there are two manifestations from the bhūti-śaktikūṭastha-puruṣa (aggregate of souls) and māyā-śakti (non-spiritual energy). Both of these actually emanate from the vyūha called Pradyumna. The disembodied souls that are bound by karma originate from the kūṭastha-puruṣa at the time of creation and return to it at the time of dissolution. The material universe belongs to the mayā-śakti. After the manifestation of the kūṭastha-puruṣa and the māyā-śakti, the vyūha, called Aniruddha, becomes responsible for the emergence of śakti (identified as mūlaprakṛti—root-matter).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kūṭastha (कूटस्थ).—a S The head or common spring of families now divergent. 2 Uniform; perpetually and universally the same;--the Deity, the soul, space.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

kūṭastha (कूटस्थ).—a Uniform, universally the same-the Deity.

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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

Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ).—a.

1) standing at the top, occupying the highest place (said of a person who stands at the head in a geneological table).

2) silent; not at all moving or working; Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.179.6.

-sthaḥ the Supreme Soul (immovable, unchangeable, and perpetually the same); क्षरः सर्वाणि भूतानि कूटस्थोऽक्षर उच्यते (kṣaraḥ sarvāṇi bhūtāni kūṭastho'kṣara ucyate) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 6.8;12.3.

-sthaḥ, -stham a kind of perfume (Mar. nakhalā).

Kūṭastha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kūṭa and stha (स्थ).

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

Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ).—mfn.

(-sthaḥ-sthā-sthaṃ) Uniform, perpetually and universally the same as spirit, elementary matter, æther &c. n.

(-sthaṃ) 1. The soul 2. A sort of perfume, a species of dried shell fish, commonly Nak'hi. E. kūṭa fixed, and stha what remains.

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

Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ).—[kūṭa-stha] (vb. sthā), adj. 1. Having attained the summit [Bhagavadgītā, (ed. Schlegel.)] 6, 8; chief, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 3, 5, 49. 2. Universally, and perpetually the same, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 2, 5, 17.

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

Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ).—[adjective] being at the head, highest, supreme; standing amidst (—°); immovable, unchangeable.

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

1) Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ):—[=kūṭa-stha] [from kūṭa] mfn. standing at the top, keeping the highest position [commentator or commentary] on [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa i, 4, 2, 4]

2) [v.s. ...] standing in a multitude of or in the midst of (in [compound]), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa i, 11, 36]

3) [v.s. ...] (in [philosophy]) immovable, uniform, unchangeable (as the soul, spirit, space, ether, sound, etc.), [Upaniṣad; Patañjali; Bhagavad-gītā vi, xii; Bhāgavata-purāṇa iii], etc. (Pāli. kūṭaṭṭha, Sāmaññaphala-sutta)

4) [v.s. ...] mn. a kind of perfume (a species of dried shell-fish, commonly Nathi), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] n. the soul, [Horace H. Wilson]

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

Kūṭastha (कूटस्थ):—[kūṭa-stha] (sthaḥ-sthā-sthaṃ) a. Uniform unchanging. n. A perfume; the soul.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kutastha 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

Kūṭastha (ಕೂಟಸ್ಥ):—

1) [adjective] being at the peak (of a mountain).

2) [adjective] being amidst a group of people.

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Kūṭastha (ಕೂಟಸ್ಥ):—

1) [noun] the chief of a family or clan.

2) [noun] an union with the absoluteness of the Supreme.

3) [noun] a man who has achieved such an absolute state.

4) [noun] the Supreme Being.

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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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