Kathapurusha, Kathāpuruṣa, Katha-purusha: 2 definitions

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The Sanskrit term Kathāpuruṣa can be transliterated into English as Kathapurusa or Kathapurusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kathāpuruṣa (कथापुरुष).—the hero or leading character of a story; रामायण° (rāmāyaṇa°) U.4,6.

Derivable forms: kathāpuruṣaḥ (कथापुरुषः).

Kathāpuruṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kathā and puruṣa (पुरुष). See also (synonyms): kathānāyaka.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kathāpuruṣa (कथापुरुष).—m., narrator, teller of the story (of the dharma or the like): Gaṇḍavyūha 528.(9-)10 (daśadik) sarvaloka- dhātuṣu kathāpuruṣo Mañjuśrīḥ; -tva, state of being a ka°: Gaṇḍavyūha 417.(23—)24 (sa tasya bhagavato dharmacakraṃ) pratīcchitavān saṃdhāritavān kathāpuruṣatvaṃ ca kār- ayām āsa.

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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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