Akarshika, aka: Ākarṣikā, Ākarṣika; 3 Definition(s)

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Akarshika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit terms Ākarṣikā and Ākarṣika can be transliterated into English as Akarsika or Akarshika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Ākarṣikā (आकर्षिका) is the name of a city over which Putraka flew and decided to descend into it. This story is told in the tale called ‘the founding of the city of Pāṭaliputra’, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 3. Accordingly, Śiva told the three daughters of Bhojika in a dream: “The prince [Putraka ] put on the shoes and flew up in the air, taking with him the staff and the vessel. Then he went a great distance in a short time and saw beneath him a beautiful city named Ākarṣikā and descended into it from the sky.”

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Ākarṣikā, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Ākarṣika (आकर्षिक).—a. (- f.) Magnetic, attractive (ākarṣeṇa carati). P.IV.4.9.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ākarṣika (आकर्षिक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kī-kaṃ) Magnetic, attractive. E. ākarṣa and ṣṭhal aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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