Harivijaya: 3 definitions


Harivijaya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

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Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Vākāṭakas

Harivijaya (हरिविजय) is the name of a Prakrit Kavya composed by Sarvasena during the reign of the Vākāṭakas (mid-3rd century CE).—Sarvasena, the founder of the Vatsagulma branch, who composed the Prakrit kāvya Harivijaya. The Harivijaya is not now extant, but we can form a fair idea about its theme, nature, etc. from the quotations and references in the works of later rhetoricians. In the Dhvanyālōka Ānandavardhana states that Sarvasēna had altered the original story and introduced some imaginary incidents in it in order to make it suitable for the delineation of the intended sentiment. Ānadavardhana does not state what the story was, but here his commentator Abhinavagupta comes to our help. He states that the Harivijaya had for its theme the removal of the Pārijāta tree from heaven, which was done by Kṛṣṇa for the appeasement of his wife (evidently Satyabhāmā). Elsewhere Ānandavardhana cites a Prakrit verse from the Harivijaya, which shows that the work was written in the Māhārāṣṭrī dialect.

The Harivijaya is probably the earliest Prakrit kāvya known so far. It fully conforms to the norm of the mahākāvyas and seems to have served as a model for the Sanskrit and Prakrit kāvyas of Kālidāsa and Pravarasēna II, who flourished in a later age. It seems to have been current in India down to the twelfth century A.C.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Harivijaya (हरिविजय) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—by Sarvasena. Quoted by Ānandavardhana in Dhvanyāloka.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Harivijaya (हरिविजय):—[=hari-vijaya] [from hari] m. Name of [work] by Sarva-sena

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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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