Alankarashila, Alaṅkāraśīla: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Alaṅkāraśīla can be transliterated into English as Alankarasila or Alankarashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Alaṅkāraśīla (अलङ्कारशील) is the name of a Vidyādhara king from Śrīsundarapura, according to in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 51. Accordingly as the Vidyādharī Kāñcanaprabhā said to Naravāhanadatta while in a Svayambhū temple of Śiva: “... and in it [Śrīsundarapura] there dwells a king of the Vidyādharas named Alaṅkāraśīla. That lofty-souled king had a wife named Kāñcanaprabhā, and in course of time a son was born to the king by her. And when Umā announced to his father in a dream that he should be devoted to religion, he named him Dharmaśīla”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Alaṅkāraśīla, 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.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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