Shankhadatta, Śaṅkhadatta, Shankha-datta: 1 definition


Shankhadatta 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 Śaṅkhadatta can be transliterated into English as Sankhadatta or Shankhadatta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Śaṅkhadatta (शङ्खदत्त) is the name of a Brāhman, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 74. Accordingly, “... in the meanwhile a heroic and wealthy young Brāhman, of the name of Śaṅkhadatta, who was a friend of both brothers [Samarabhaṭa and Bhīmabhaṭa], came and said to Samarabhaṭa: ‘You ought not to carry on hostility with your elder brother [Bhīmabhaṭa]; it is not right, and you cannot do him an injury: on the contrary the result of a quarrel would be disgraceful to you’”.

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