Harikeshabala, Harikeśabala, Harikesha-bala: 1 definition



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The Sanskrit term Harikeśabala can be transliterated into English as Harikesabala or Harikeshabala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Harikeshabala in Kavya glossary
Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Harikeśabala (हरिकेशबल) is another name for Bala: a monk previously known as Somadeva, as mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Accordingly, “After having been the Brahmin Somadeva in Hastināpura, converted by the ascetic Saṃkharāya, a native of Mathurā, the hero is reborn, under the name of Bala, in a family of caṇḍāla, called Harikeśa, ‘with the hair yellow’. He becomes a monk. [...]”.

Seeing Harikeśabala arrive, emaciated, dirty, the Brahmins laugh at him and go so far as to beat him. Seeing this, Bhadrā enlightens them: Harikeśabala is the monk who refused the princess when the demon seized her, the Brahmins are forgiven and ask him to accept their offering.

Cf. Uttarādhyayanasūtra XII v. 1-36: Jacobi 1895 p. 50-54; Uttarādhyayanacūrṇi 201.9-213.2; Uttarādhyayananiryuktittkā a. l-b.7; Uttarādhyayana a. l-a. 14; Trad  : Mette 1991 p. 131-33.

context information

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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