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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Kumara, KumAra, Kumaara

Kumāra literally means ‘the young boy’.

Kumāra, An Author

Kumāra is also the name of a person who authored a digest of dharmaśāstras. He was quoted by many other authors. But nothing is known of him.

Kumāra, a Young Boy

A boy below five years is called a ‘kumāra’. No cognizant is taken of any ‘sin’ or transgressions of dharma committed by him for obvious reasons. Sometimes his parents have to undergo expiations for purifying or protecting him and themselves.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore