Sauti, aka: Sauṭi; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Itihasa (narrative history)

[Sauti in Itihasa glossaries]

Sauti is a professional storyteller, who recited the Mahabharata to a gathering of sages in the Naimisha forest. Sauti was the son of Lomaharshana.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Itihasa
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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[Sauti in Purana glossaries]

Sauti (सौति).—A famous son of hermit Romaharṣaṇa. The real name of this son was Ugraśravas. This teacher is responsible for the arrangement of the Mahābhārata. in the form that we see today.

The story of Mahābhārata composed by Vyāsa and Vaiśampāyana contained only a graphic description of the battle of Bhārata. No vivid description of Śrī Kṛṣṇa born of the Yādava dynasty and of the Yādavas, was given in it. To remove this deficiency, Sauti added an appendix called 'Harivaṃśa' to Svargārohaṇa Parva in Mahābhārata. (For further details see under Bhārata I).

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Sauṭi (सौटि).—Belonging to the Pravara of Angiras.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 13.

2) Sauti (सौति).—Sūta addressed as.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 4. 4.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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