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Kaupina is the sanskrit name for an Indian form of male underclothing. It is often interpreted as loin cloth[e]. In form, it is a rectangular piece of cloth with a horizontal thread at one end for binding it around the waist of the wearer. It has religious significance attached to asceticism for the Hindus. Bhagavata Purana enjoins that a true ascetic shouldn't wear anything other than a kaupina [1]. Sri Shankaracharya composed a verse called Kaupina Panchakam to assert the significance of asceticism. [2]

References

  1. http://vedabase.net/sb/7/13/2/
  2. http://www.chaitanya-monks.org/articles/kaupina-panchakam-poem-loin-cloth

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