Rupinika, Rūpiṇikā: 5 definitions



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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Rūpiṇikā (रूपिणिका) is the name of a courtesan from the city named Mathurā (birth-place of Kṛṣṇa), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 12. Her mother is named Makaradaṃṣṭrā. Their story is told by Vasantaka, who was disguised as a deformed Brāhman, to princess Vāsavadattā. Vasantaka, together with Yaugandharāyaṇa, was on a secret mission to rescue the captured king Udayana.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Rūpiṇikā, 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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Rūpiṇikā (रूपिणिका).—(-rūpiṇikā), in su°kāṃ Lalitavistara 323.8 (verse), endearing dim., § 22.34, of -rūpiṇī, f. of Sanskrit -rūpin, charmingly fair-formed, of a daughter of Māra.

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

Rūpiṇikā (रूपिणिका):—[from rūp] f. ([diminutive] [from] rūpiṇī) Name of a courtezan, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German]

Rupinika in German

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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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