Pravahlika, Pravahlikā: 4 definitions


Pravahlika 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: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Pravahlikā (प्रवह्लिका) or Pravalhikā refers to a “riddle”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 16.102.—The Puruṣakāra commentary (13th century) on Daiva (p. 123) derives the word from balha or valha (valhayati), “to speak”, [...]. The Pravalhikās in question are given in full in Śaṅkhāyanaśrautasūtra 12.22. The earliest use of this word would thus seem to be in Vedic ritual literature. Kṣīrasvāmin and Hemacandra derive the word as “pravahlate (pravalhate) prādhānyaṃ bhajate pravahlikā (pravalhikā)”, which hardly gives any meaning. The root “valha prādhānye” is mentioned by Puruṣakāra, but the latter does not connect it with pravalhikā. [...]

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (P) next»] — Pravahlika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pravahlikā (प्रवह्लिका).—See प्रहेलिका (prahelikā).

See also (synonyms): prabahlikā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pravahlikā (प्रवह्लिका).—f.

(-kā) A riddle, an enigma, a conundrum or charade, &c. E. pra before, valh to speak or tell, aff. kvun; the conjunet consonants of the root are transposed,: also pravahli and pravahlī, and with kan added to the latter, pravahlīkā .

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

Pravahlikā (प्रवह्लिका):—[=pra-vahlikā] f. a riddle, enigma, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. pravalha, hikā).

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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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