Dhumrashikha, aka: Dhūmraśikha; 1 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Dhūmraśikha can be transliterated into English as Dhumrasikha or Dhumrashikha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

[Dhumrashikha in Katha glossaries]

Dhūmraśikha (धूम्रशिख) is the name of a Rākṣasa, as mentioned in the fifth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 79. Accordingly, “...  then Harisvāmin said eagerly to the possessor of knowledge: ‘Man of knowledge, now tell me quickly where my daughter [Somaprabhā] is gone’. When the possessor of knowledge heard that, he said: ‘The Rākṣasa Dhūmraśikha has carried her off to his own habitation in the Vindhya forest’”.

The story of Dhūmraśikha is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even 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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