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Kanva (Karnesh) (Sanskrit: कण्व káṇva) was an ancient Hindu rishi of the Treta yuga, 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 (Karnesh) is also the name of a founder of a Vedic shakha of the Shukla Yajur Veda,
  • Kanva Maharshi was the first grammarian of the Telugu language,
  • Kanva (Karnesh) is also the name of several princes and founders of dynasties and several authors.
  • The Kanvas(Karnesh) are the descendants of king Vasudeva Kanva (1st century BCE).
  • The Kanvas are also a class of spirit, against whom hymn 2.25 of the Atharva Veda is used as a charm.
  • They are also referred by the surname Karnesh as according to the predecessors of Pahasour village (where only Brahmans live) of district Jhajjar in Haryana. The evidence can be found in this village. Apart from pahasour village some kanwa families also live in Bhadani village on Jhajjar Bahadurgarh road.


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