Shantisoma, Śāntisoma: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śāntisoma can be transliterated into English as Santisoma or Shantisoma, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Śāntisoma (शान्तिसोम) is the name of one of the two sons of Piṅgalikā, the daughter of the Brāhman Yajñadatta according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 21. Piṅgalikā was married to Śaṅkaradatta (son of Agnidatta) but was abandoned by them both and her property was raided. Her twins were named Śāntisoma and Vaiśvānara by Vāsavadattā and it was settled they were to be the future domestic chaplains of her unborn son.

According to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 23, when prince Naravāhanadatta (son of Udayana) grew up, all the king’s ministers brought there sons for the sake of his companion. Accordingly, “And that Prince Naravāhanadatta was always surrounded by those six ministers’ sons (eg., Śāntisoma), devoted to him alone, who commanded respect even in their boyhood, as if with the six political measures that are the cause of great prosperity”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Śāntisoma, 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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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śāntisoma (शान्तिसोम):—[=śānti-soma] [from śānti > śānta] m. Name of a man, [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. 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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