Bhamaha, Bhāmaha: 6 definitions

Introduction

Bhamaha 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Bhāmaha (भामह).—A critic who lived in the sixth century A.D. He was one of the top critics in the Sanskrit language. His important work is 'Kāvyālaṃkāra'. This is also called Bhāmahālaṃkāra by a few. There are six chapters in this. The first chapter deals with Kāvyaśarīra, the second and third with Alaṃkāra, the fourth with Kāvyadoṣa the fifth with Nyāya and the sixth with Śabdaśuddhi. As against Daṇḍī Bhāmaha separates 'Kathā' from 'Ākhyāyikā'. According to him the requisites of a good Kāvya are sweetness, pleasantness and liveliness. Daṇḍī prescribes ten attributes for a good Kāvya. Bhāmaha is of opinion that Vakrokti is no alaṃkāra at all. In a wider sense it is 'atiśayokti' (exaggeration). But Bhāmaha admits it has a place in Kāvya.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Google Books: Croaking Frogs: A Guide to Sanskrit Metrics and Figures of Speech

Bhāmaha was one of the earliest writers on peotics. He probably flourished between the close of the seventh century and the bginnings of the eighth. He is believed to have been from Kashmir. His influential Kāvyālaṅkāra (“The Embellishment of Literature”) emphasized embellishments (alaṅkāra) as the essential element of peotry. It is the first work to put forward a definite scheme for India poetics as a distinct discipline. The Kāvyālaṅkāra is also known as the Bhāmahālaṅkāra.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhāmaha (भामह).—Name of the author of अलङ्कारशास्त्र (alaṅkāraśāstra) and प्राकृतमनोरमा (prākṛtamanoramā).

Derivable forms: bhāmahaḥ (भामहः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Bhāmaha (भामह) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Alaṃkāraśāstra. Oppert. 3731. Quoted by Ānandavardhana in Dhvanyāloka, by Abhinavagupta in Dhvanyālokalocana, by Ruyyaka Oxf. 210^a, by Vidyānātha Burnell. 56^a, by Ha- rinātha Oxf. 206^b, [Sūktikarṇāmṛta by Śrīdharadāsa] [Subhāshitāvali by Vallabhadeva] According to Indurāja, Udbhaṭa wrote a
—[commentary] to it. Prākṛtamanoramā Prākṛtaprakāśaṭīkā.

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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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