Ashadhaka, aka: Āṣāḍhaka, Aṣāḍhaka; 3 Definition(s)
Ashadhaka 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 Āṣāḍhaka and Aṣāḍhaka can be transliterated into English as Asadhaka or Ashadhaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Katha (narrative stories)
Āṣāḍhaka (आषाढक) is the name of the elephant-driver of Bhadravatī: a female elephant given to Vāsavadattā by her father, king Caṇḍamahāsena, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 13.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Āṣāḍhaka, 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
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.
Āṣāḍhaka (आषाढक).—A mahout in the Udayana story. In Kathāsaritsāgara, Kathāmukhalambaka, 5th Taraṅga, we find a reference to an elephant called Bhadravatī and a mahout named Āṣāḍhaka in the palace of the heroine, Vāsavadattā.(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Languages of India and abroad
Aṣāḍhaka (अषाढक).—The month of Āṣāḍha.
Derivable forms: aṣāḍhakaḥ (अषाढकः).
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Āṣāḍhaka (आषाढक).—The month आषाढ (āṣāḍha).
Derivable forms: āṣāḍhakaḥ (आषाढकः).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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