Makarandika, Makarandikā: 5 definitions


Makarandika 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»] — Makarandika in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Makarandikā (मकरन्दिका) is the daughter of the Vidyādhara king Siṃhavikrama, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, as Manorathaprabhā said to Somaprabha: “... there is a king of the Vidyādharas, named Siṃhavikrama, and he has a matchless daughter named Makarandikā; she is a friend of mine, dear as my life, who sympathises with my grief, and she to-day sent her attendant to learn tidings of me”.

The story of Makarandikā was narrated by Gomukha to Naravāhanadatta in order to demonstrate that “the appointed union of human beings certainly takes place in this world, though vast spaces intervene”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Makarandikā, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Makarandikā (मकरन्दिका).—A kind of metre.

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

1) Makarandikā (मकरन्दिका):—[from makaranda] f. a kind of metre, [Colebrooke]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of the daughter of a Vidyā-dhara, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German]

Makarandika 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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