Rajahamsa, aka: Raja-hamsa, Rājahaṃsa, Rajan-hamsa, Rājāhaṃsa; 7 Definition(s)
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Rājahaṃsa (राजहंस) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Sāndhāra, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 56. The Sāndhāra group contains twenty-five out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under four groups in this chapter. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.
Katha (narrative stories)
Rājahaṃsa (राजहंस) is the name of a servant of king Sātavāhana, whose story is told in the Kathāsaritsāgara chapter 6.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Rājahaṃsa, 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.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
Languages of India and abroad
rājahaṃsa : (m.) royal swan (whose beak and feet are red.)Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
rājahaṃsa (राजहंस).—m (S) A white goose with red legs and bill. 2 In ballads and amatory poetry. A lover, a sweetheart, a swain.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
rājahaṃsa (राजहंस).—m A white goose with red legs and bill.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Rājahaṃsa (राजहंस).—a flamingo (a sort of white goose with red legs and bill); संपत्स्यन्ते नभसि भवतो राजहंसाः सहायाः (saṃpatsyante nabhasi bhavato rājahaṃsāḥ sahāyāḥ) Me.11; कूजितं राजहंसानां नेदं नूपुरशिञ्जितम् (kūjitaṃ rājahaṃsānāṃ nedaṃ nūpuraśiñjitam) V.
Derivable forms: rājahaṃsaḥ (राजहंसः).
Rājahaṃsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rājan and haṃsa (हंस).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-saḥ) 1. A white goose with red legs and bill, or more properly perhaps the flamingo. 2. A drake. 3. An excellent king. E. rāja, and haṃsa a goose, the king-goose.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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