Pancatantra, Pañcatantra, Pancan-tantra, Pamcatamtra: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pancatantra in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

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)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pancatantra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र).—n. Five books, the title of a work. Para -tantra, adj. dependent upon another, Mahābhārata 13, 15. Su-tantrī, adj., n. tri, Melodious. Rit. 1. 3. Sva-tantra, adj. 1. independent, 2. of age. A-sna -tantra, adj. dependent, not of age, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 180, 17.

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

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

Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र).—[neuter] T. of a collection of fables (lit. having five divisions or books).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—by Viṣṇuśarman. Io. 1812. 2643. W. p. 164. Oxf. 157^a. Paris. (Gr. 18. Tel. 38). K. 78. Kh. 65. B. 2, 130. Report. X. Ben. 33. Kāṭm. 6. Pheh. 6. Rādh. 21. Burnell. 165^a. Gu. 4. P. 10. 20. Bhr. 147. H. 111. Vienna. 17. Taylor. 1, 89. 345-47. Oppert. 145. 2138. 2365. 5855. 6031. 7331. Ii, 1768. 2254. 2728. 3186. Rice. 232. Peters. 1, 116. 3, 395. Bp. 262. 302. D 1. Bühler 541 (one copy of the Southern recension). Compare Kathāmṛtanidhi. Quoted by Maitreyarakṣita in Dhātupradīpa, Sāhityadarpaṇa p. 210. Verses from it in Śp. p. 87. [Sūktikarṇāmṛta by Śrīdharadāsa] [Subhāshitāvali by Vallabhadeva] Padyāvalī.

Pañcatantra has the following synonyms: Pañcopākhyāna.

2) Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र):—kāvya. by Dharmapaṇḍita. Np. Ix, 14.

3) Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र):—by Viṣṇuśarman. Gov. Or. Libr. Madras 46. Hz. 376. Peters. 4, 27. Rgb. 371. Stein 81 (1. inc.).

4) Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र):—by Viṣṇuśarman. Ulwar 931.

5) Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र):—by Viṣṇuśarman. As p. 99. 100. Bc 211. Bd. 417-419. Cs 2 p. 513. Hz. 1219. Io. 1812. 2146. 2319. 2643. 2790. L.. 403 (inc.). 404 (inc.). Peters. 5, 355. 356.

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

1) Pañcatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र):—[=pañca-tantra] [from pañca] n. Name of the well-known collection of moral stories and fables in 5 books from which the Hitopadeśa is partly taken (also -ka)

2) [v.s. ...] of a poem by Dharma-paṇḍita

[Sanskrit to German]

Pancatantra in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pancatantra in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Paṃcataṃtra (ಪಂಚತಂತ್ರ):—

1) [noun] (pl.) the five expedients used in politics.

2) [noun] the well-known collection of moral stories and fables by Durgasiṃha.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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