Puttalika, Puttalikā: 3 definitions



Puttalika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi. 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)

[«previous next»] — Puttalika in Kavya glossary
Source: academia.edu: Bhoja’s Mechanical Garden

Puttalikā (पुत्तलिका) refers to the “speaking figurines or dolls” furnished on the famous throne of King Vikramāditya.—[...] One is reminded of the damsel Somaprabhā’s little basket (karaṇḍikā) of wooden dolls (dārumaya... putrikā) brought to entertain her friend Kaliṅgasenā in Somadeva’s eleventh-century Kathāsaritsāgara. These wooden putrikās—perceptively translated at one point by Tawney as “toys”—are further described by Somadeva as both “magical” and “mechanical” (māyāyantra-putrikā), for with the pull of a pin (kīlikā), they performed amazing tasks like flying through the air to fetch garlands or water or dancing and conversing on command. Their speaking capacities are reminiscent not only of the speaking automaton in Bhoja’s Śṛṅgāramañjarīkathā but also of contemporary tenth-and eleventh-century story cycles (some involving Bhoja) dealing with the famous throne of King Vikramāditya of yore that was furnished with speaking figurines or dolls (puttalikā) on its base.

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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 dictionary

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

Puttalikā (पुत्तलिका).—A doll &c.

See also (synonyms): puttalaka.

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Puttalika in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Puttalikā (पुत्तलिका):—[[~lī]] (nf) see [putalī].

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