Dharmashila, aka: Dharmaśilā, Dharma-shila; 4 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Dharmaśilā can be transliterated into English as Dharmasila or Dharmashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Dharmaśīla (धर्मशील) is the son of Vidyādhara king Alaṅkāraśīla and Kāñcanaprabhā, according to in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 51. Accordingly as the Vidyādharī Kāñcanaprabhā said to Naravāhanadatta while in a Svayambhū temple of Śiva: “... that lofty-souled king [Alaṅkāraśīla] had a wife named Kāñcanaprabhā, and in course of time a son was born to the king by her. And when Umā announced to his father in a dream that he should be devoted to religion, he named him Dharmaśīla. And in course of time that son Dharmaśīla grew up to be a young man, and the king, having had him taught the sciences, appointed him Crown Prince. Then Dharmaśīla, when appointed Crown Prince, being exclusively devoted to virtue, and self-controlled, delighted the subjects even more than did his father”.

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

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Marathi-English dictionary

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dharmaśilā (धर्मशिला).—(S) pop. dharmaśiḷā f The stone on which a woman, devoting herself to the flames, places her foot to ascend the pyre of her deceased husband.

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dharmaśīla (धर्मशील).—a (S) pop. dharmaśīḷa a Obedient to the injunctions of the Shastras; religious, pious, virtuous.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dharmaśīla (धर्मशील).—a Religious, pious, virtuous.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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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Dharmaśīla (धर्मशील).—a. just, pious, virtuous.

Dharmaśīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and śīla (शील).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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