Shakatala, Śakaṭāla: 8 definitions


Shakatala 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.

The Sanskrit term Śakaṭāla can be transliterated into English as Sakatala or Shakatala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Śakaṭāla (शकटाल) is the name of a minister of King Nanda, whose story is told in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 4.

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

Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Śakaṭāla (शकटाल) is the minister of the ninth Nanda, as mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Accordingly, “Śakaṭāla is jealous of the largesse that the ninth Nanda gives to the poet Vararuci. He therefore told the king that his compositions were not original and that he could produce young girls capable of reciting them. His own daughters with wonderful gifts, hidden behind a curtain, are then able to rehearse Vararuci's brand new composition. The king believes himself to be deceived and no longer pays the poet”.

Cf. Āvaśyakacūrṇi II 183.8-184.3; Āvasyakaniryukti (Haribhadra commentary) b.3-a.4; Leumann 1934 p. 24; Pariś.VIII. v. 11-29: Jacobi analysis1932 p. LXVII-LXVIII.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śakaṭāla (शकटाल).—An intelligent minister. (For details see under Vararuci).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shakatala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śakaṭāla (शकटाल).—m.

(-laḥ) The minister of Nanda: also read Sakatara.

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

Śakaṭāla (शकटाल):—[from śakaṭa] m. Name of a minister of king Nanda (in revenge for ill-treatment he conspired with the Brāhman Cāṇakya to effect his master’s death), [Harṣacarita; Kathāsaritsāgara]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śakaṭāla (शकटाल):—(laḥ) 1. m. The minister of Nanda.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Śakaṭāla (शकटाल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Sagaḍāla.

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Shakatala in German

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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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