From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Kumāra literally means ‘the young boy’.

Kumāra, An Author[edit]

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[edit]

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