Harshavarman, Harsha-varman, Harṣavarman: 4 definitions



Harshavarman 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 Harṣavarman can be transliterated into English as Harsavarman or Harshavarman, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Harṣavarman (हर्षवर्मन्) is the name of an ancient king from Harṣapura, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 54. Accordingly, “in old times there was a splendid city, belonging to the King Harṣavarman, called Harṣapura, the citizens of which were made happy by good government”.

The story of Harṣavarman was narrated by Gomukha to Naravāhanadatta in order to demonstrate “the various working of destiny (gati/vidhi)” and that “a virtuous man, though he may have endured sorrow, obtains joy at the last”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Harṣavarman, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Harṣavarman (हर्षवर्मन्).—[masculine] [Name] of a prince.

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

Harṣavarman (हर्षवर्मन्):—[=harṣa-varman] [from harṣa] m. Name of a king, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

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

Harṣavarman (हर्षवर्मन्):—m. Nomen proprium eines Fürsten [Kathāsaritsāgara 54, 98.]

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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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