Malayasimha, Malayasiṃha: 2 definitions



Malayasimha 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.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Malayasiṃha (मलयसिंह) is the name of an ancient king from Rājagṛha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 112. Accordingly, as Agni said: “... long ago there lived in Rājagṛha a king named Malayasiṃha, and he had a daughter named Māyāvatī, of matchless beauty”.

2) Malayasiṃha (मलयसिंह) is the name of an ancient king from Malayapura, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 122. Accordingly, as Śambarasiddhi said to king Vikramāditya: “... in that city [Malayapura] there dwells a king of the name of Malayasiṃha, and he has a matchless daughter, named Malayavatī, who used to abhor males”.

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

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

Malayasiṃha (मलयसिंह):—[=malaya-siṃha] [from malaya] m. Name of two princes, [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 (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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