Sakhila, Śākhila, Shakhila: 5 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Śākhila can be transliterated into English as Sakhila or Shakhila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Śākhila (शाखिल) is the name of a warrior who fought on Sūryaprabha’s side but was slain by Kālakampana, who participated in the war on Śrutaśarman side, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 47. Accordingly: “... in the same way [after slaying many warriors] he [Kālakampana] killed six other warriors that ran towards him, Tejika, and Geyika, and Vegila, and Śākhila, and Bhadraṅkara and Daṇḍin, great warriors with many followers”.

The story of Śākhila was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

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

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sakhila : (adj.) kindly in speech.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Sakhila, (adj.) (fr. sakhi) kindly in speech, congenial D. I, 116; Vin. II, 11; J. I, 202, 376; Miln. 207; Pv IV. 133 (=mudu PvA. 230). Cp. sākhalya.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Śākhila (शाखिल):—[from śākh] m. Name of a man, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) Sakhila (सखिल):—[=sa-khila] [from sa > sa-kaṅkaṭa] a mfn. (for sakh See p. 1130, col. 3) with the supplements, [Harivaṃśa]

3) [from sac] b mfn. (for sa-khila See p. 1124, col. 2) friendly, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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