Mishrakeshi, Miśrakeśi, Miśrakeśī, Miśrakeṣī: 7 definitions

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Mishrakeshi 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.

The Sanskrit terms Miśrakeśi and Miśrakeśī and Miśrakeṣī can be transliterated into English as Misrakesi or Mishrakeshi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Miśrakeśi (मिश्रकेशि) is the name of an Apsara created for the sake of a type of dramatic perfomance. Acording to the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.46-51, after Brahmā asked Bharata for materials necessary for the Graceful Style (kaiśikī: a type of performance, or prayoga), Bharata answered “This Style cannot be practised properly by men except with the help of women”. Therefore, Brahmā created with his mind several apsaras (celestial nymphs), such as Miśrakeśi, who were skillful in embellishing the drama.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Miśrakeśī (मिश्रकेशी).—A celestial woman. She was the beautiful daughter born to Pradhā wife of Kaśyapaprajāpati. Raudrāśva son of Pūru married Miśrakeśī and begot a son named Anvagbhānu and nine sons more who were all good archers. When once Arjuna went to Indraloka Miśrakeśī gave a dance performance in his honour. (Chapter 65, Ādi Parva and Chapter 43, Vana Parva).

2) Miśrakeśī (मिश्रकेशी).—Wife of King Vatsaka, brother of Vasudeva. (9th Skandha, Bhāgavata, and Chapter 59, Ādi Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Miśrakeśī (मिश्रकेशी).—An Apsaras and wife of Vatsaka; in the sabhā of Hiraṇyakaśipu.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 43; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 6; Matsya-purāṇa 161. 75; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 5.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Miśrakeṣī (मिश्रकेषी) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.48, I.65). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Miśrakeṣī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Miśrakeśī (मिश्रकेशी).—name of a devakumārikā in the western quarter: Mahāvastu iii.308.8 = Lalitavistara 390.5.

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

Miśrakeśī (मिश्रकेशी).—[feminine] [Name] of an Apsaras.

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

Miśrakeśī (मिश्रकेशी):—[=miśra-keśī] [from miśra > miśr] f. Name of an Apsaras, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature; Purāṇa]

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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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