Pancapattika, Pañcapaṭṭika: 1 definition


Pancapattika 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 Panchapattika.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Pañcapaṭṭika (पञ्चपट्टिक) or Pañcaphuṭṭika is the name of a Śūdra from Dakṣiṇāpatha (the Deccan), desirous of obtaining Anaṅgarati, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 52. Accordingly, “... I am Pañcaphuṭṭika (Pañcapaṭṭika) by name, a Śūdra; I possess a peculiar talent; I weave every day five pairs of garments; one of them I give to a Brāhman, and the second I offer to Śiva, and the third I wear myself, and as for the fourth, if I had a wife, I would give it to her, and the fifth I sell and live upon the proceeds”.

The story of Pañcapaṭṭika was told by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “divine beings fall by virtue of a curse, and, owing to the consequences of their own wickedness, are incarnate in the world of men, and after reaping the fruit appropriate to their bad conduct they again go to their own home on account of previously acquired merit”.

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