Harshacarita, Harṣacarita, Harsha-carita: 5 definitions


Harshacarita means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Harṣacarita can be transliterated into English as Harsacarita or Harshacarita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Harshacharita.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wikipedia: Kavya (poetry)

Harṣacarita (हर्षचरित) (lit. “The deeds of Harṣa) is the biography of Indian emperor Harṣa by Bāṇabhaṭṭa, also known as Bāṇa, who was a Sanskrit writer of seventh-century CE India. He was the Asthana Kavi, meaning Court Poet, of Harṣa. The Harṣacharita was the first composition of Bāṇa and is considered to be the beginning of writing of historical poetic works in the Sanskrit language.—The Harṣacharita, written in ornate poetic prose, narrates the biography of the emperor Harṣa in eight ucchvāsas (chapters). In the first two ucchvāsas, Bāṇa gives an account of his ancestry and his early life. He was the great emperor.

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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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[«previous next»] — Harshacarita in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Harṣacarita (हर्षचरित).—[neuter] T. of a work.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Harṣacarita (हर्षचरित) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—the life of king Harshavardhana of Sthāneśvara, by Bāṇa. L. 1454. B. 2, 134. Report. Xiv. Xv. Burnell. 163^a. H. 123. Bu7hler 541. Mentioned by Kṣīrasvāmin on Amarakośa, by Ānandavardhana in Dhvanyāloka.
—[commentary] Harshacaritavārttika by Rucaka. Mentioned in Kāvyamālā 1888, 157.
—[commentary] Harshacaritasaṃketa by Śaṅkara. Report. Xv. Peters. 1, 120.

2) Harṣacarita (हर्षचरित):—by Bāṇa. Bl. 117. Gov. Or. Libr. Madras 100. Stein 81.
—[commentary] Harshacaritasaṃketa by Śaṅkara. Stein 81.

3) Harṣacarita (हर्षचरित):—by Bāṇa. As p. 207. Bc 529.

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

Harṣacarita (हर्षचरित):—[=harṣa-carita] [from harṣa] n. Name of a poem by Bāṇa (containing the life of king Harṣa-vardhana of Sthāneśvara)

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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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