Rajashekhara, aka: Rājaśekhara, Rajan-shekhara; 6 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Rājaśekhara can be transliterated into English as Rajasekhara or Rajashekhara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Rājaśekhara (राजशेखर) is the name of an important person (viz., an Ācārya or Kavi) mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—A well-known poet, critic and also a dramatist, who belonging to the Yāyāvara family. He wrote his magnum-opus Kāvyamīmāṃsā, which is the practical treatise of poets, divided into eighteen adhikaraṇas. His father’s name was Durduka and mother Śīlāvatī. To see his scholarship various follower poets to gives him reverence on their works. In the drama Bālabhārata, he declared himself as the incarnation of the poets Vālmīki, Meṇtha and Bhavabhūtī.(Source): Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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’.
Katha (narrative stories)
Rājaśekhara (राजशेखर).—Soḍḍhala refers to Rājaśekhara simply as Yāyāvara and praises him for his dramatic skill. Rājaśekhara says that a king should hold assemblies for the examination of poets. He should patronize poets, become the Sabhāpati (President) like the ancient kings Vāsudeva, Śāṭavāhana, Śūdraka and Sāhasāṅka, and honour and give gifts to poets whose works stand the test.(Source): Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
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.
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)
Rājaśekhara (राजशेखर) alias Jayaśekhara has composed Chandaśśekhara. This is the only work of Rājaśekhara recorded so far. He is different from the famous Rājaśekhara of Yāyāvarīya family and author of Kāvyamīmāṃsā. Rājaśekhara describes himself as an Ārhata and a kavi in the last stanza of fifth chapter of Chandaśśekhara. He was the son of Duddaka and Nāgadevī, grandson of Lāhata and great grandson of Yasa. He belonged to the Ṭhakkura family.(Source): Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.
Rājaśekhara (राजशेखर).—A Sanskrit dramatist who lived in India in 7th century A.D. Bālabhārata or Prakāṇḍapāṇḍava, Bālarāmāyaṇa, Viddhaśālabhañjikā and Karpūramañjarī are his more famous dramatic works. Karpūramañjarī refers to him as the preceptor of a king of Kanauj. Rājaśekhara was known by the name Kavirāja also.
Bālarāmāyaṇa, called also Mahānāṭaka, is a drama in ten Acts. Bālabhārata contains only two Acts. Its theme is the wedding of Draupadī and the ruin caused by the game of dice. Viddhaśālabhañjikā is a drama in four Acts. He has a further work to his credit, Kāvyamīmāṃsā in eighteen chapters.
Some scholars hold the view that Rājaśekhara lived in the 10th century A.D.(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Rajashekhara (राजशेखर, Rājaśekhara) was an eminent Sanskrit poet, dramatist and critic. He was court poet of the Gurjara Pratiharas. He wrote Kavyamimamsa between 880 and 920 CE. The work is essentially a practical guide for poets that explains the elements and composition of a good poem.
The fame of Rajashekhara rests firmly on his play Karpūramañjarī, written in Sauraseni Prakrit. Rajashekhara wrote the play to please his wife, Avantisundari, a woman of taste and accomplishment. He is perhaps the only ancient Indian poet to acknowledge a woman for her contributions to his literary career.(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism
Languages of India and abroad
Rājaśekhara (राजशेखर).—Name of a poet.
Derivable forms: rājaśekharaḥ (राजशेखरः).
Rājaśekhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rājan and śekhara (शेखर).(Source): DDSA: The practical 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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