Kathasaritsagara, Kathāsaritsāgara: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kathāsaritsāgara (कथासरित्सागर).—See under BṚHATRATHĀ.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Kathasaritsagara ("ocean of the streams of stories") is a famous Sanskrit 11th-century collection of Indian legends retold by a Saivite Brahmin named Somadeva. It is generally believed to derive from Gunadhya’s lost Brhat-katha ("Great or Long Story"), written in the lost Paisachi dialect.

It consists of 18 books of 124 chapters and approximately 22,000 ślokas (distichs) in addition to prose sections. The principal tale is the narrative of the adventures of Naravahanadatta, son of the legendary king Udayana. A large number of tales are built around this central story, making it the largest existing collection of Indian tales.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kathāsaritsāgara (कथासरित्सागर).—[masculine] ocean of the rivers of tales, T. of a work of Somadeva.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Kathāsaritsāgara (कथासरित्सागर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—by Somadeva. Jones. 409. [Mackenzie Collection] 112. Io. 419. Oxf. 151^a. L. 1258. K. 248. B. 2, 130. Report. Viii. Ben. 59. 62(3). Bik. 265. Rice. 226. 234. W. 1569-79.

2) Kathāsaritsāgara (कथासरित्सागर):—by Somadeva Oudh. Xx, 20. Peters. 4, 25. Stein 80.

3) Kathāsaritsāgara (कथासरित्सागर):—by Somadeva. As p. 35 (2 Mss. one inc.). Io. 419. 1102. 1880-1882. 2164-2166. 2552 ([fragmentary]). 3001-3003.

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

Kathāsaritsāgara (कथासरित्सागर):—[=kathā-sarit-sāgara] [from kathā > kath] m. ‘the ocean of rivers of stories’, Name of [work] by Soma-deva.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kathasaritsagara in German

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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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