Arthalobha, Artha-lobha: 5 definitions


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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Arthalobha (अर्थलोभ) is the doorkeeper of Bāhubala: an ancient king of Kāñcī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 43. Accordingly, as Rājyadhara said to Naravāhanadatta: “... that King of Kāñcī, Bāhubala, whom I [Rājyadhara] mentioned to you [Naravāhanadatta], had a rich doorkeeper, rightly named Arthalobha. He had a beautiful wife named Mānaparā. That Arthalobha, being by profession a merchant, and on account of his avarice distrusting his servants, appointed that wife of his to look after his business in preference to them”.

The story of Arthalobha and Bāhubala was narrated by Rājyadhara in order to demonstrate that “a fair woman, like Fortune, of her own accord chooses a man of high courage”, as well as that “wives and wealth leave the mean-spirited man and of their own accord come to the high-spirited man from every quarter”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Arthalobha, 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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[«previous next»] — Arthalobha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Arthalobha (अर्थलोभ).—avarice.

Derivable forms: arthalobhaḥ (अर्थलोभः).

Arthalobha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms artha and lobha (लोभ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Arthalobha (अर्थलोभ).—m.

(-bhaḥ) Avarice, desire of wealth. E. artha, and lobha desire.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Arthalobha (अर्थलोभ):—[=artha-lobha] [from artha] m. desire of wealth, avarice.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Arthalobha (अर्थलोभ):—[artha-lobha] (bhaḥ) 1. m. Avarice.

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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 (even English!). 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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