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Kabandha (कबन्ध) – the torso-shaped demon with long arms, slayed by Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa to free him from the curse


kacchapa (कच्चप) – see Kurma


kahervā (कहेर्व) – a commonly used eight beat cycle


Kaikasī (कैकस) – wife of Viśravā, mother of Kumbhakarṇa, Rāvaṇa, Sūrpanakhā, and Vibhiṣaṇa


Kaikeyī (कैकेय) – mother of Bharata; extracted the two boons from Daśaratha to make Bharata the king and exile Lord Rāma for fourteen years


Kaiabha (कैटभ) – a demon killed by Lord Viṇu


kāla (काल) – eternal time


kalam (कलम) – the hammer like tool used to strike strings on the santūr


Kālanemi (कालनेमि) – 1) demon killed by Viṇu 2) demon sent by Rāvaṇa to distract Hanumān from finding the saρjīvanī plant


Kālī (काल) – 1) the fiercest form of Durgā 2) wife of Bhīma and mother of Sarvagata


Kāliyā (कालिय) – cobra who lived in the Yamuna with his wife; subdued by Kṛṣṇa


Kaliyuga (कलियुग) – the present age of quarrel and hypocrisy; started roughly five thousand years ago


kalpa-taru (कल्पतर) – desire tree


Kalyāna (कल्यान) – 1) benediction 2) one of the ten thāṭs of North Indian music


Kalyāna Kalpataru (कल्यान कल्पतर) – one of Bhaktivinoda Thākura’s songbook describing the process of bhakti as a desire tree with important thematic branches


kāma (काम) – material desire; lust


Kāmadeva (कामदेव) – demigod of material desire; “cupid”


Kāmadhenu (कामधेन) – the cow of Paraśurāma


Kaḿsa (कंस) – the demoniac tyrant king of Mathurā who tortured the pious citizens and imprisoned his sister Devakī and friend, Vasudeva, for an oracle that their eighth would kill him; after instigating many attempts to kill Kṛṣṇa, he was killed by Kṛṣṇa


kaρjirā (कञ्जिर) – a frame drum made of lizard skin used in South Indian music


kansa-svara (कन्स-स्वर) – a quick light touch of a note


karatāla (करताल) – (lit. “to make rhythm”) 1) wooden blocks struck together in a similar fashion that castanets would be played 2) Bengali fine tuned cymbals


Kareṇumatī (करेणुमत) – wife of Nakula and mother of Naramitra


karma (कर्म) – action in the material world which results in some sort or reaction, good or bad


karma-kāṇḍa (कर्म काण्ड) – rituals recommended in the Vedas for those interested in material benefits


karma-yoga (कर्म योग) – performing action towards service to the Supreme Lord without expecting any fruits of the action


karmī (कर्म) – one who performs actions and enjoys the results of them


Karṇa (कर्ण) – the son of Kuntī and Suryadeva, but was raised by the charioteer, Adhiratha, and his wife, Rādhā. One of the commander-in-chiefs of the Kaurava army.


Karṇa Parvana (कर्ण पर्वण) – the eighth book of the Mahābhārata discussing the war when Karṇa was the commander-in-chief


Kārtika (कार्तिक) – October-November


Kārtikeya (कार्तिकेय) – commander-in-chief of the army of demigods; son of Lord Siva and Pārvatī


karuṇā (करुण) – mercy


Kātyāyanī (कत्यायन) – form of Durgā who the gopis worshipped in order to get Lord Kṛṣṇa as their husband


Kauśalyā (कौशल्य) – mother of Lord Rāma


Kesari (केसरि) – father of Hanumān, a general of the ape army


Keśava (केशव) – name of Kṛṣṇa; killer of Keśi


Keśava Kāśmīrī (केशव काश्मीर) – a famous scholar who was defeated in a poetry competition by Lord Caitanya


Keśi (केशि) – the horse-demon who was killed by Kṛṣṇa


Keśi-ghaṭā (केशिघट) – the location where Keśi was killed


khālī (खाल) – 1) lit. “empty” in Hindi 2) the start of the deaccented vibhag; denoted by a “ in Bhātkhāṇḍe notation


khamak (खमक) – (khomok) a stringed instrument where there is simultaneous action between pulling the string and plucking it which produces a unique pitch fluctuations


Khammāja (खमाज) – one of the ten thāṭs of North Indian music


khaṇḍa (खण्ड) – the class of rhythmic cycles having properties of a five-beat count


Khāṇḍava (खाण्डव / खाण्डवप्रस्थ) – (Khāṇḍavaprastha) the dense forestland which was given to the Pāṇḍavas during the partition of the land of the Kurus; constructed to form Indraprastha


Khara (खर) – one of Rāvaṇa’s distant brothers


khemtā (खेम्त) – a six beat folk rhythm


khīr (खीर) – (kheer) see kīra


khol (खोल) – (lit. “open”) two-headed clay drum used commonly in Bengali bhajanas and kīrtanas


Kīcaka (कीचक) – the brother of the king of Virāṭa who tried to harass and abuse Draupadī, killed by Bhīma


kināra (किनार) – 1) bank of a river 2) the outer rim on the head of the tabla, pakhawaj, or khol


kinnara (किन्नर) – a celestial being


kīrtana (कीर्तन) – congregational chanting or speaking of the Lord’s name or glories


kīrtī (कीर्त) – fame


Kīrtīdā (कीर्तीद) – mother of Srīmatī Rādhārāī


Kikindhā (किष्किन्ध) – the city consisting of bears and apes, ruled once by Vāli, then Sugrīva


Kikindhā Kāṇḍa (किष्किन्धकाण्ड) – canto describing pastimes and the friendship of Lord Rāma and Sugrīva


kiśora (किशोर) – the peak of youth (male); (female kiśorī)


konnakol (कोन्नकोल) – the names used to describe sounds produced on South Indian percussion instruments; South Indian analog for bols


kṛpā (कृप) – mercy


Kṛpā (कृपा/कृपाचार्य) – (Kṛpācārya) the royal priest of the Kuru dynasty from the end of Sāntanu’s reign; fought on the Kaurava side and was one of the few survivors of the Mahābhārata war


Kṛṣṇa (कृष्ण) – 1) the Supreme Personality of Godhead (lit. “All-Attractive”) 2) a twenty-beat cycle 3) the dark-phase within the month


Kṛṣṇā (कृष्ण) – 1) Druapadī 2) a name of one of the gopīs 3) “dark”


Kṛṣṇa Consciousness (कृष्ण भावनामृत) – (Kṛṣṇa bhāvanāmta) the state of constantly remembering and loving Kṛṣṇa


Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana Vyāsa (कृष्ण द्वैपायन व्यास) – see Vyāsadeva


Kṛṣṇaloka (कृष्णलोक) – see Goloka


kṛta (कृत) – written work


Kṛtavarmā (कृतवर्म) – a chief of the Yadu race; aided in the theft of the Syāmāntaka jewel; joined the Kauravas during the Mahābhārata War; one of the three survivors of the Kauravas


kṣatriya (क्षत्रिय) – the administrative class


kīra (क्षीर) – (kheer) (lit. “milk”) a rice-milk sweet


Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṇu (क्षीरदोकशाय विष्ण) – the expansion of Viṇu that enters into the heart of every created being and into every atom; the Supersoul


kumāra (कुमार) – the middle age of youth


Kumāra sampradāya (कुमार सम्प्रदाय) – one of the four original sampradayas; founded by the four Sanat-kumāras


Kumbhakarṇa (कुम्भकर्ण) – younger brother of Rāvaṇa and elder brother of Vibhiṣaṇa


Kumbha-mela (कुम्भमेल) – a festival where many pilgrims gather


kumkum (कुंकुम) – red decorative tempera


Kuntī (कुन्त) – wife of Pāṇḍu and the mother of Yudhiṣṭhira, Bhīma, and Arjuna; mother of Karṇa; aunt of Balarāma and Kṛṣṇa


Kuntībhoja (कुन्तीभोज) – foster-father of Kuntī


Kurma (कुर्म) – the tortoise incarnation of Lord Kṛṣṇa


Kuru (कुर) – the dynasty of the Bharatas; the Lunar dynasty


Kurukṣetra (कुरुक्षेत्र) – the pilgrimage site where the Mahābhārata war took place and the place where the Bhagavad-Gītā was spoken


Kuśa (कुश) – son of Lord Rāma, elder brother of Lava


kuśā (कुश) – special grass used in rituals by brāhmaṇas


Kuśadhvaja (कुशध्वज) – father of Maṇḍavī and Srutakīrtī; father-in-law of Bharata and Satrughna


Kuvalayāpīḍa (कुवलयापीड) – the angry-elephant that was charged by his keeper to kill Kṛṣṇa


UPDATED: July 4, 2009