Karabhaka: 9 definitions



Karabhaka 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)

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

Karabhaka (करभक) is the name of a Brāhman from Ujjayinī: a city and dwelling-place of Śiva, situated in Avanti, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 27. Accordingly, as a young man said to king Vikramasiṃha: “there lived a Brāhman, of the name of Karabhaka, in this very city of yours. I, whom you see here, am the son of that learned student of the Vedas, born by his propitiating the God of Fire in order to obtain a heroic son”.

The story of Karabhaka was narrated to Tārādattā by her husband king Kaliṅgadatta in order to demonstrate that “actions which are really distinguished by great courage produce fruit, since prosperity follows on courage” as well as that “prosperity dwells for men even in questionable deeds, if they are the outcome of great courage”.

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

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Kathā

Karabhaka (करभक) is the name of a servant of Malayavāhana (king of Pratiṣṭhāna), according to the seventh Ucchvāsa of the Udayasundarīkathā.

The Udayasundarīkathā is a Sanskrit epic tale written by Soḍḍhala in the early 11th century, revolving around the Nāga princess Udayasundarī and Malayavāhana (king of Pratiṣṭhāna).

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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[«previous next»] — Karabhaka in Chandas glossary
Source: Journal of the University of Bombay Volume V: Apabhramsa metres (2)

Karabhaka (करभक) is the name of a catuṣpadi metre (as popularly employed by the Apabhraṃśa bards), as discussed in books such as the Chandonuśāsana, Kavidarpaṇa, Vṛttajātisamuccaya and Svayambhūchandas.—Karabhaka has 24 mātrās in each of their four lines. The line of a Karabhaka is formed with 2 pañcamātras, 2 caturmātras, 1 Jagaṇa and a long letter.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Karabhaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Karabhaka (करभक).—A camel.

Derivable forms: karabhakaḥ (करभकः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Karabhaka (करभक).—[karabha + ka], m. A proper name, [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] 29, 15.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Karabhaka (करभक).—[masculine] a man’s name.

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

1) Karabhaka (करभक):—[from kara] m. Name of a messenger, [Śakuntalā]

2) [v.s. ...] of a village, [Kathāsaritsāgara] (cf. karabha-grāma above.)

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

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

Karabhaka (करभक):—(von karabha) m. Nomen proprium eines Boten [Śākuntala 29, 15.]

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Karabhaka (करभक):—m. Nomen proprium eines Dorfes [Kathāsaritsāgara 108, 28.] karabhagrāma [30.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Karabhaka (करभक):—m. Nomen proprium —

1) eines Boten. —

2) eines Dorfes.

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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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