Pancatantra, aka: Pancan-tantra, Pañcatantra; 2 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Panchatantra.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र).—

A. General information. An ancient book of distinction written by the scholar Viṣṇuśarmā in the form of stories for the use of children to give them an idea of the different aspects of life. (See full article at Story of Pañcatantra from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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

Pancatantra in Sanskrit glossary... « previous · [P] · next »

Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र).—Name of a well-known collection in five books containing moral stories and fables by Visnugupta; पञ्चतन्त्रात्तथान्यस्माद् ग्रन्थादाकृष्य लिख्यते (pañcatantrāttathānyasmād granthādākṛṣya likhyate) H. Pr.9.

Derivable forms: pañcatantram (पञ्चतन्त्रम्).

Pañcatantra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pañcan and tantra (तन्त्र).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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