Manasimha, Mānasiṃha: 4 definitions


Manasimha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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

Mānasiṃha (मानसिंह) is (mentioned falsely as) the name an ancient king from Kāmarūpa, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 124. Accordingly, “...  then the clever woman forged a letter, and showed it to me, saying: ‘The king, my sovereign, has sent me a letter: read it’. Then I opened the letter, and read as follows: ‘The august sovereign of the fortunate Kāmarūpa, Mānasiṃha, sends thence this order to Sumaṅgalā: “Why do you remain so long absent? Return quickly, dismissing your desire of seeing foreign countries”’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mānasiṃha, 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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)

Mānasiṃha (मानसिंह) is the name of a son of Puṇḍarīkaviṭṭhala (16th century): a well known scholar in music as well as in Dharmaśāstra, Alaṅkāraśāstra and chandas. Puṇḍarīkaviṭṭhala was a native of Sāvaṇadurga (Śivagaṅgā) in Karṇāṭaka; migrated to north India. He was patronized by Burhānkhān of Ānandavallī, King Bhagavantadāsa and his son Mādhavasiṃha and Mānasiṃha.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Mānasiṃha (मानसिंह) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Ācāraviveka.

2) Mānasiṃha (मानसिंह):—Vṛndāvanamañjarī.

3) Mānasiṃha (मानसिंह):—Sāhityasāra.

4) Mānasiṃha (मानसिंह):—king, son of Bhagavaddāsa, father of Bhāvasiṃha, who is praised in the poem Bhāvavilāsa (see śloka 1 and 4). Mānasiṃha was a contemporary of Akbar. See Kāvyamālā 2, 111.

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

Mānasiṃha (मानसिंह):—[=māna-siṃha] [from māna] m. Name of a king and various authors, [Catalogue(s)]

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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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