Rajatadamshtra, Rajatadaṃṣṭra: 2 definitions



Rajatadamshtra 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 Rajatadaṃṣṭra can be transliterated into English as Rajatadamstra or Rajatadamshtra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Rajatadaṃṣṭra (रजतदंष्ट्र) is the son of the Vidyādhara king Vajradaṃṣṭra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 65. Accordingly, “...  and then the king [Vajradaṃṣṭra] propitiated Śiva with austerities and obtained a son, named Rajatadaṃṣṭra, whom he valued more than life. His father, out of affection, bestowed the knowledge of the sciences upon him when he was still a child, and he grew up, a feast to the eyes of his relations”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Rajatadaṃṣṭra, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Rajatadaṃṣṭra (रजतदंष्ट्र):—[=rajata-daṃṣṭra] [from rajata > raj] m. Name of a son of Vajra-daṃṣṭra (king of the Vidyā-dharas), [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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