Bhutaketu, Bhūtaketu: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bhutaketu in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Bhūtaketu (भूतकेतु).—A son of Dakṣa sāvarṇi.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 13. 18.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Bhutaketu in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Bhūtaketu (भूतकेतु) is the name of a Vetāla, in service of king Vikramāditya, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 123. Accordingly, “... but King Viṣamaśīla, when he saw me [Devasena] suddenly turn into a python, was astonished and despondent. So, being there alone, he called to mind the Vetāla Bhūtaketu, whom he had long ago made his servant, by delivering him with a look from a disease of the eyes.”.

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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhutaketu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Bhūtaketu (भूतकेतु):—[=bhūta-ketu] [from bhūta > bhū] m. Name of a son of Manu Dakṣa-sāvarṇi, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Vetāla, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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 (even English!). 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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