Shankhahrada, aka: Śaṅkhahrada, Shankha-hrada; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śaṅkhahrada can be transliterated into English as Sankhahrada or Shankhahrada, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Śaṅkhahrada (शङ्खह्रद) is the name of a sacred lake (sara / saras) situated near Śaṅkhapura, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 104. Accordingly, as one Brāhman said to another: “... I reached [from the Niṣadha country] in course of time the city of Śaṅkhapura not far from here, where there is a great purifying lake of clear water, sacred to Śaṅkhapāla, King of the Nāgas, and called Śaṅkhahrada... While I was living there in the house of my spiritual preceptor I went one holy bathing festival to visit the lake Śaṅkhahrada. Its banks were crowded, and its waters troubled on every side by people who had come from all countries, like the sea when the gods and Asuras churned it... I then went to the south of the lake [Śaṅkhahrada], and beheld a clump of trees, which looked like the body of Kāma being consumed by the fire of Śiva’s eye; its tāpincas did duty for smoke, its kiṃśukas for red coals, and it was all aflame with twining masses of the full-blown scarlet aśoka”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Śaṅkhahrada, 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: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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