Harshagupta, Harṣagupta: 3 definitions

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Harshagupta 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 Harṣagupta can be transliterated into English as Harsagupta or Harshagupta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Harshagupta in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Harṣagupta (हर्षगुप्त) is the name of a merchant from Tāmraliptī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 36. Accordingly, “... and in the meanwhile a merchant named Harṣagupta, who had arrived from Tāmraliptī, having heard of that event, came there full of curiosity. And in his train there came a servant of the name of Śīlavatī, who was devoted to her husband”.

The story of Harṣagupta was narrated by Ratnaprabhā in order to demonstrate that “women of good family are guarded by their own virtue as their only chamberlain; but even God himself can scarcely guard the unchaste” in other words, “in no case can anyone guard a woman by force in this world, but the young woman of good family is ever protected by the pure restraint of her own chastity”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Harṣagupta, 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.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Harshagupta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Harṣagupta (हर्षगुप्त):—[=harṣa-gupta] [from harṣa] m. Name of a man, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Harṣagupta (हर्षगुप्त):—m. Nomen proprium eines Mannes [Kathāsaritsāgara 36, 37. fgg.]

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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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