Haritashva, Haritāśva: 4 definitions

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The Sanskrit term Haritāśva can be transliterated into English as Haritasva or Haritashva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Haritāśva (हरिताश्व).—General. A King born in the solar dynasty. In the art of music he defeated Nārada and shamed Sarasvatī (Goddess of language), pleased Brahmā and by the melody of his music sent Viṣṇu to sleep. The mounting achievements of the King in the art of music evoked jealousy in Śivaśaṅkara, the lord of music. When Śaṅkaramūrti in a competitive spirit played the rāga Śaṅkarābharaṇa (a particular tune) Haritāśva) pointed out that Śāntarasa (the calmness and poise) which was suited to that rāga had given place to raudra rasa which was a serious mistake. Enraged at this Śiva opened his eye of fire at the King who retorted boldly thus, 'even if the eye of fire was opened a mistake was a mistake'. This stand of the King pleased Śiva so much that he bestowed on the King boons and good wishes as presents for his (king's) victory over all. Killed Andhaka. Andhakāsura conquered Svarga and took Indra prisoner during the period when Haritāśva was King. The combined efforts of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva could not kill Andhaka. At last at the instance of Bṛhaspati a representative of the Devas visited Haritāśva at Ayodhyā and sought his help to kill Andhaka and accordingly the King set out for war against the demon. Agastya told the King in secret that Andhaka treasured an image of Śiva and Pārvatī in his stomach, and after removing, with his arrows the idol from his stomach, Haritāśva killed him and restored the Deva-loka to Indra. (Kamba Rāmāyaṇa, Yuddha Kāṇḍa). (See full article at Story of Haritāśva from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Haritāśva (हरिताश्व).—A son of Ilasudyumna; the lord of the east including the Kurus.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 12. 17-18.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (H) next»] — Haritashva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Haritāśva (हरिताश्व).—[adjective] having fallow horses (Sun).

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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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