Lasavati, Lāsavatī: 2 definitions

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Lasavati 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

Lāsavatī (लासवती) is the daughter of the actor Lāsaka, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 74. Accordingly, as a great elephant (gajendra) said to Pracaṇḍaśakti: “... and in that piece the king [Ugrabhaṭa] saw the actor’s [Lāsaka’s] daughter Lāsavatī dancing in the character of Amṛtikā. When he saw her beauty, that was like that of the real Amṛta, with which Viṣṇu bewildered the Dānavas, he fell in love with her”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Lāsavatī, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Lāsavatī (लासवती):—[=lāsa-vatī] [from lāsa > las] f. Name of a woman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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. 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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