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Kanwa

For the Indian dynasty, see Kanva dynasty

Kanva (Sanskrit: कण्‍व káṇva) was an ancient Hindu rishi, to whom some of the hymns of the Rig Veda are ascribed. He was called a son of Ghora and one of the Angirasas. He is sometimes included in the list of the seven sages (the Saptarishis).

  • Kanva is also the name of a founder of a Vedic shakha,
  • Kanva is also the name of several princes and founders of dynasties and several authors.
  • The Kanvas are the descendants of king Vasudeva Kanva (1st century BCE).
  • The Kanvas are also a class of evil spirits, against whom hymn 2.25 of the Atharva Veda is used as a charm.

References

  • Dowson, John: A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology & Religion.


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