Prajnakosha, Prajñākośa: 2 definitions



Prajnakosha 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.

The Sanskrit term Prajñākośa can be transliterated into English as Prajnakosa or Prajnakosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Prajñākośa (प्रज्ञाकोश) is an ambassador (dūta) of king Karmasena, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 102. Accordingly, “... he [Suvigraha] did obeisance to that sovereign [Karmasena], who welcomed him; and after he had sat down, and his health had been inquired after, he proceeded to deliver to him his letter. And the king’s minister, named Prajñākośa, took it, and broke the seal, and unfolding the letter, proceeded to read it out”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Prajñākośa, 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»] — Prajnakosha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Prajñākośa (प्रज्ञाकोश):—[=pra-jñā-kośa] m. Name of a man, [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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