Pancaphuttika, Pañcaphuṭṭika: 2 definitions



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Alternative spellings of this word include Panchaphuttika.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Pañcaphuṭṭika (पञ्चफुट्टिक) or Pañcapaṭṭika 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 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”.

Pañcaphuṭṭika is also mentioned in the ninth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 83. Accordingly, as Pañcaphuṭṭika said to king Vīradeva: “... I am a Śūdra, Pañcaphuṭṭika by name. I make every day five splendid pairs of garments: the first of them I give to my god, and the second to a Brāhman, the third I retain for my own wearing, the fourth I should give to my wife, if this maid here were to become my wife, the fifth I sell, and procure myself meat and drink. As I possess this art, let Anaṅgarati be given to me”.

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

Pañcaphuṭṭika (पञ्चफुट्टिक):—[=pañca-phuṭṭika] [from pañca] m. ‘weaving 5 Phuṭṭikās (sub voce) in a day’, Name of a Śūdra, [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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