Candralekha, aka: Candra-lekha, Candralekhā; 3 Definition(s)
Candralekha 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.
Alternative spellings of this word include Chandralekha.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
Candralekhā (चन्द्रलेखा) refers to a type of syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. In this metre, the first five, the seventh and the tenth syllables of a foot (pāda) are light (laghu), while the rest of the syllables are heavy (guru).
Candralekhā falls in the Jagatī class of chandas (rhythm-type), which implies that verses constructed with this metre have four pādas (‘foot’ or ‘quarter-verse’) containing twelve syllables each.Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).
Katha (narrative stories)
1) Candralekhā (चन्द्रलेखा) is the name of powerful Yakṣīnī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 49. Accordingly, as a certain Yakṣiṇī said to Ādityaśarman: “... yes, handsome man, there is. Vidyunmālā, Candralekhā and Sulocanā the third are the best among the Yakṣiṇīs, and among these Sulocanā”.
2) Candralekhā (चन्द्रलेखा) is wife of Candrāvaloka: an ancient Śivi (Śibi) king, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 113. Accordingly, as Kaśyapa said to Naravāhanadatta: “... there lived among the Śivis a king of the name of Candrāvaloka. That sovereign had a head wife named Candralekhā. Her race was as spotless as the sea of milk, she was pure herself, and in character like the Ganges”.
3) Candralekhā (चन्द्रलेखा) is the daughter of Jayā, the female warder of Pārvatī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 114. Accordingly, “... [Pārvatī] was sitting surrounded by the Gaṇas at the foot of a tree, thinking about her beloved, when a noble Gaṇa, named Maṇipuṣpeśvara, looked lovingly at a young maiden, the daughter of Jayā, called Candralekhā, who was waving a chowrie over the goddess. He was a match for her in youth and beauty, and she met his glance with a responsive look of love, as he stood by her side”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Candralekhā, 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
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Candralekhā (चन्द्रलेखा).—the digit or streak of the moon; अथवा रत्नाकराद् ऋते कुतश्चन्द्रलेखायाः प्रसूतिः (athavā ratnākarād ṛte kutaścandralekhāyāḥ prasūtiḥ) Nāg.2.
Candralekhā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms candra and lekhā (लेखा). See also (synonyms): candrarekhā.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Part 5: Bharata’s previous births < [Chapter VIII - The abandonment of Sītā]
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Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
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