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Sahasranika, aka: Sahasrānīka; 2 Definition(s)


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

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


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

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 39.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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