Ghatakarpara, aka: Ghaṭakarpara, Ghata-karpara; 2 Definition(s)


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Ghaṭakarpara (घटकर्पर).—One of the nine great poets in Sanskrit reputed as the nine gems in Vikramāditya’s court.

"Dhanvantari—Kṣapaṇak Āmarasiṃha—Śaṅku—Vetālabhaṭṭa—Ghaṭakarpara—Kālidāsāḥ". A poem of twenty-two verses in Sanskrit called Ghaṭakarpara kāvya is attributed to him. The theme of the poem is a message despatched by the hero to his wife who has only recently been married. All the stanzas are in yamaka (repeating a word or set of words to convey different meanings at the end of each line). By composing a poem called 'Nalodaya', Kālidāsa answered the challenge posed by Ghaṭakarpara in the use of Yamaka. Ghaṭakarpara answered Kālidāsa in the following stanza.

"eko hi doṣo guṇasannipāte nimajjatīndoriti yo babhāṣe / nūnam na dṛṣṭaṃ kavināpi tena dāridryadoṣo guṇarāśināśī." (Kālidāsa, in verse 3, Canto 1 of Kumārasaṃbhava had written 'Eko hi doṣo guṇasannipāte nimajjatīndoḥ kiraṇeṣvivāṅkaḥ". In the above verse by Ghaṭakarpara the usage 'Kavināpi tena' may be interpreted in two ways, viz. Kavinā+api+tena and Kavi+nāpitena. By the second combination Ghaṭakarpara converted Kālidāsa into a barber (nāpita).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Ghaṭakarpara (घटकर्पर).—

1) Name of a poet.

2) a piece of a broken jar, pot-sherd; जीयेय येन कविना यमकैः परेण तस्मै वहेयमुदकं घट- कर्परेण (jīyeya yena kavinā yamakaiḥ pareṇa tasmai vaheyamudakaṃ ghaṭa- karpareṇa) Ghāṭ.22.

Derivable forms: ghaṭakarparaḥ (घटकर्परः).

Ghaṭakarpara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ghaṭa and karpara (कर्पर).

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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