Mocanika, Mocanikā: 3 definitions



Mocanika 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Mochanika.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Mocanikā (मोचनिका) is the name of a serving-maid who came to the rescue of Śrīdatta when he was captured by a Śavara chieftain, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 10. Śrīdatta is the grandson of Yajñasoma, who was a Brāhman from the country of Mālava. Accordingly, Śrīdatta was to be offered to Caṇḍikā when the chieftain would return to the village, but Mocanikā offered him a solution that involved marrying the chieftain’s daughter, Sundarī.

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

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

Mocanikā (मोचनिका):—[from mocanaka > moca] f. Name of a woman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Mocanikā (मोचनिका):—(von mocanī) f. Nomen proprium eines Frauenzimmers [Kathāsaritsāgara 10, 140.] — Vgl. bandha .

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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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