Sahasranika, Sahasrānīka: 5 definitions


Sahasranika 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sahasranika in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sahasrānīka (सहस्रानीक).—A King of the lunar dynasty. (For details see under Udayana).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 39.
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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.

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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Sahasranika in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

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’), mentioning Sahasrānīka, 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

[«previous next»] — Sahasranika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Sahasrāṇīka (सहस्राणीक):—[from sahasra] m. = rānīka, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) Sahasrānīka (सहस्रानीक):—[from sahasra] m. Name of a king, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

3) Sāhasrānīka (साहस्रानीक):—[from sāhasra] m. Name of a king (cf. sahasrān), [Buddhist literature]

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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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