Pannagastra, Pannagāstra, Pannaga-astra: 1 definition


Pannagastra 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.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Pannagāstra (पन्नगास्त्र) refers to the “snake-weapon”, as mentioned to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 118. Accordingly, “... and when Trailokyamālin, the king of the Asuras, saw him [Muktāphaladhvaja] and his father [Merudhvaja] and brother [Malayadhvaja] mounted on their air-going steeds, he sent forth the snake-weapon (pannagāstra). Innumerable terrible venomous snakes came out of it, and these Malayadhvaja slew with Garuḍa birds, that came out of the Garuḍa weapon (gāruḍāstra). Then Muktāphaladhvaja repelled with ease every weapon that the king of the Daityas and his son sent forth”.

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