Ayasholekha, aka: Ayaśolekhā; 1 Definition(s)


Ayasholekha 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 term Ayaśolekhā can be transliterated into English as Ayasolekha or Ayasholekha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Ayaśolekhā (अयशोलेखा) is the name of one of the wives of Vīrabhuja: king of Vardhamāna, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 39. Accordingly, “... then an evil-minded queen among them, named Ayaśolekhā, deliberated with all the others and entered into a conspiracy; and when the king [Vīrabhuja] came home one day she exhibited an assumed sadness in her face”.

The story of Ayaśolekhā and Vīrabhuja was narrated by Hariśikha in order to demonstrate that “good women value nothing more than their husbands”, in other words, “virtuous women serve their husbands in every way, devoted to them alone”.

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