Agryatapas, aka: Agrya-tapas; 2 Definition(s)


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Katha (narrative stories)

[Agryatapas in Katha glossaries]

Agryatapas (अग्र्यतपस्) is the name of a hermit who once cursed three daughters of king Śaśikhaṇḍa, according to the “story of the golden city”, in the to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 26. Accordingly, Candraprabhā (eldest of king Śaśikhaṇḍa’s four daughters) said to Śaktideva: “... once upon a time those three sisters of mine went together to the shore of the Ganges to bathe, while I was detained at home by illness; then they began to play in the water, and in the insolence of youth they sprinkled with water a hermit named Agryatapas while he was in the stream. That hermit in his wrath cursed those girls, who had carried their merriment too far, saying: ‘You wicked maidens, be born all of you in the world of mortals.’ When our father heard that, he went and pacified the great hermit, and the hermit (Agryatapas) told how the curse of each of them severally should end, and appointed to each of them in her mortal condition the power of remembering her former existence, supplemented with divine insight”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Agryatapas, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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[Agryatapas in Sanskrit glossaries]

Agryatapas (अग्र्यतपस्).—Name of a muni; Kathās.

Agryatapas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms agrya and tapas (तपस्).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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