Gopalaka, aka: Go-palaka, Gopālaka; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Gopālaka (गोपालक) is the name of one of the two sons of Caṇḍamahāsena and his wife Aṅgāravatī from Ujjayinī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 11. Gopālaka had a brother named Pālaka. Caṇḍamahāsena was previously known by the name Mahāsena and was the son of Jayasena, son of Mahendravarman (king of Ujjayinī). Aṅgāravatī was the daughter of Aṅgāraka, who broke the chariot of Caṇḍamahāsena in the form of a fierce boar and fled into a cavern, but was later slain by Caṇḍamahāsena.

In Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 13, Pālaka and Gopālaka were pursuing Udayana (king of Vatsa), who escaped from Caṇḍamahāsena together Vasantaka, Yaugandharāyaṇa, Vāsavadattā and Kāñcanamālā.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Gopālaka, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Gopālaka (गोपालक).—A son born to Caṇḍamahāsena of his wife Aṅgāravatī. Besides Gopālaka he had another son named Pālaka. (Kathāsaritsāgara, Kathāmukhalaṃbaka, Taraṅga 3).

Source: archive.org: 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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Gopālaka (गोपालक) refers to a “cow-herder” according Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter IV). Accordingly, at the time of the Buddha, the cow-herders (gopālaka) wanted to test the Buddha for his omniscience by testing his knowledge against the science of cow-herding. They asked him about the eleven rules of cow-herding, observing which, the cow-herder can make his herd prosper.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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gopālaka : (m.) a cowherd.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Gopālaka (गोपालक).—

1) a cowherd.

2) a king.

3) an epithet of Śiva; also of Kṛṣṇa.

Derivable forms: gopālakaḥ (गोपालकः).

Gopālaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and pālaka (पालक).

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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