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Sahasrānīka, aka: Sahasranika; 2 Definition(s)

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Sahasrānīka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

Sahasrānīka (सहस्रानीक) is the son of King Śatānīka and Viṣṇumatī, who later became the king after Śatānīka was slain in the battle against the Asuras, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 9. Sahasrānīka is an incarnation of the vasu named Vidhūma, who got cursed by Indra to be born as a moral human being, after falling in love with an apsara named Alambuṣā.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’) is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta’s quest to become the emperor of the Vidhyādharas. 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

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Kathas (कथ) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

Purāṇa

Sahasrānīka (सहस्रानीक).—A son of Śatānīka, and father of Aśvamedhaja.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 39.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including religious ceremonies, various arts, sciences and historical legends. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Vidhūma
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