Shankhahrada, Śaṅkhahrada, Shankha-hrada: 3 definitions



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

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

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.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shankhahrada in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaṅkhahrada (शङ्खह्रद):—[=śaṅkha-hrada] [from śaṅkha] m. Name of a lake, [Harivaṃśa; Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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