Pradyumnashikhara, Pradyumnaśikhara, Pradyumna-shikhara: 4 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Pradyumnaśikhara can be transliterated into English as Pradyumnasikhara or Pradyumnashikhara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Pradyumnashikhara in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Pradyumnaśikhara (प्रद्युम्नशिखर) is the name of a doorway leading to Pātāla (lower regions) made by Pradyumna, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, as Śiva (Tryambaka) said to a certain ascetic: “... and Pradyumna, in order to deliver his son, laid it open, making a door in one place with the peak of a mountain, and he placed Durgā there, under the name of Śārikā, to guard that door, after propitiating her with hundreds of praises. Consequently even now the place is called by the two names of Peak of Pradyumna and Hill of Śārikā (Pradyumnaśikhara). So go and enter Pātāla with your followers by that famous opening, and by my favour you shall succeed there”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Pradyumnaśikhara, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pradyumnashikhara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pradyumnaśikhara (प्रद्युम्नशिखर):—[=pra-dyumna-śikhara] [from pra-dyumna] n. ‘P°’s peak’, Name of a mountain, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German]

Pradyumnashikhara 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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