Kalahakari, Kalahakārī: 1 definition

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Kalahakari 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.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Kalahakārī (कलहकारी) is the wife of Siṃhaparākrama, mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 23. Accordingly, “Siṃhaparākrama had a wife, very deformed both in body and mind, called by a name which expressed her nature, Kalahakārī”. Their story was told by Vasantaka to king Udayana in order to demonstrate that “hatred and affection are commonly produced in living beings in this world owing to their continually recalling the impressions of a past state of existence”.

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