Kancanashekhara, Kāñcanaśekhara: 1 definition

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Kancanashekhara 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 Kāñcanaśekhara can be transliterated into English as Kancanasekhara or Kancanashekhara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Kanchanashekhara.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Kāñcanaśekhara (काञ्चनशेखर) is the name of an elephant possessing the ability to travel to the air (vyomacara), as mentioned to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 118. Accordingly, as Indra said to emperor Merudhvaja: “... and receive from me these two air-going elephants, Kāñcanagiri and Kāñcanaśekhara, together with mighty weapons”.

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