Gayashiras, Gayaśiras: 5 definitions


Gayashiras 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.

The Sanskrit term Gayaśiras can be transliterated into English as Gayasiras or Gayashiras, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Gayashiras in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Gayaśiras (गयशिरस्).—A peak of Gaya Mountain; it is also known as Gayaśīrṣa. (Vana Parva, Chapter 87).

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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»] — Gayashiras in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Gayaśiras (गयशिरस्) or Gayaśira, is the name of a sacred hill, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 93. Accordingly, “... and so he crossed the forest districts and reached the sacred hill of Gayā (Gayāśiras or Gayaśiras). And there he duly performed a śrāddha, in which he bestowed many gifts on Brāhmans, and then he entered the Holy Wood (Dharmāranya). And while he was offering the sacrificial cake to his father in the well of Gayā there rose out of it three human hands to take the cake.”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Gayaśiras, 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»] — Gayashiras in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Gayaśiras (गयशिरस्):—[=gaya-śiras] [from gaya] n. Name of a mountain near Gayā (renowned place of pilgrimage), [Mahābhārata iii, xiii; Bhāgavata-purāṇa vii]

2) [v.s. ...] the western horizon, [Nirukta, by Yāska xii, 19.]

3) Gayāśiras (गयाशिरस्):—[=gayā-śiras] [from gayā > gaya] n. idem, [Vāyu-purāṇa]

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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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