Ashadhaka, Āṣāḍhaka, Aṣāḍhaka: 6 definitions
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 (?).
Kavya (poetry)Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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.
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’.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
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.
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.
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Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-kaḥ) The month A'shad'ha; also āṣāḍhaka.
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(-kaḥ) The month Ashad'ha: see the preceding, also aṣāḍhaka.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Asādhaka (असाधक).—[adjective] not accomplishing, not satisfactory.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Aṣāḍhaka (अषाढक):—[from a-ṣāḍha] m. the month Āṣāḍha, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
2) Āṣāḍhaka (आषाढक):—[from āṣāḍha] m. the month Āṣāḍha, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
3) [v.s. ...] Name of a man, [Kathāsaritsāgara]
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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