Desata, Desaṭa, Deśaṭa, Deshata: 4 definitions


Desata means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Deśaṭa can be transliterated into English as Desata or Deshata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Deśaṭa (देशट), father of Keśaṭa, is the name of a Brāhman from Pāṭaliputra, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 123. Accordingly, as Rūpavatī said: “... my husband’s name is Keśaṭa, and he is the son of a Brāhman named Deśaṭa in Pāṭaliputra; for so much I heard from the mouth of a Rākṣasa”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Deśaṭa, 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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India history and geography

Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume XXXI (1955-56)

Desaṭa or Desaṭadeva is the father of Padmaṭadeva, as mentioned in the “Plate of Padmaṭadeva” (tenth century A.D.). Padmaṭadeva was the son of P. M. P. Desaṭadeva (Desaṭa) and Mahādevī Padmallādevī, the grandson of P. M. P. Icchaṭadeva (Icchaṭa) and Mahādevī Siṅghūdevī, and the great grandson of Saloṇāditya and Mahādevī Siṅghuvalidevī.

This inscribed copper plate (mentioning Desaṭa) is preserved in the temple of Yogabadarī (one of the Pañcabadarī) at Pāṇḍukeśvar (Pāṇḍukeśvara). The date corresponds to some day in the 25th regnal year of king Padmaṭadeva (first half of the tenth century A.D.). It records the grant of several pieces of land situated in Drumatī which formed a part of the Ṭaṅgaṇāpura-viṣaya as well as in Yośi.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[Sanskrit to German]

Desata in German

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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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