Rajatakuta, Rajatakūṭa, Rajata-kuta: 2 definitions

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Rajatakuta 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: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Rajatakūṭa (रजतकूट) is the name of a Vidyādhara city (on a peak of the Malaya mountain) built by Vāmadatta (who later became a Vidyādhara), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 68. Accordingly as Lalitalocanā said to Naravāhanadatta: “... so he went to the mountain of Śrī and set about obtaining that charm; and the charm, when obtained, appeared to him in visible shape, and gave him a splendid sword. And when the successful Vāmadatta had obtained the sword, he and his wife Kāntimatī became glorious Vidyādharas. Then he built by his magic power a splendid city on a peak of the Malaya mountain, named Rajatakūṭa”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Rajatakūṭa, 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-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rajatakūṭa (रजतकूट).—Name of a peak of the Malaya mountain.

Derivable forms: rajatakūṭaḥ (रजतकूटः).

Rajatakūṭa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rajata and kūṭa (कूट).

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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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