Bhadraksha, Bhadrākṣa: 3 definitions

Introduction

Bhadraksha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Bhadrākṣa can be transliterated into English as Bhadraksa or Bhadraksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Bhadrākṣa (भद्राक्ष) is the name of an ancient king from Takṣaśilā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 69. Accordingly, as minister Vicitrakatha said to king Mṛgāṅkadatta: “... there was in the city of Takṣaśilā a king of the name of Bhadrākṣa. He, desiring a son, was worshipping Lakṣmī every day with one hundred and eight white lotuses upon a sword”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Bhadrākṣa, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhadrākṣa (भद्राक्ष).—m (S) A tree of the berries or seeds of which beads are made. The seed is like that of rudrākṣa, but lighter and more brittle. rudrākṣa is Eleocarpus lanceolatus or gauitrus, but bhadrākṣa, although commonly supposed to be the same tree, is another.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Bhadrākṣa (भद्राक्ष):—[from bhadra > bhand] m. ‘auspicious-eyed’, Name of a king, [Kathāsaritsāgara] (cf. bhallākṣa).

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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. 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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