Sharashayya, aka: Śaraśayyā, Shara-shayya; 1 Definition(s)

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Sharashayya 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 Śaraśayyā can be transliterated into English as Sarasayya or Sharashayya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Itihāsa (narrative history)

Śaraśayyā (शरशय्या, “bed of arrows”).—Bhīṣma was one of the elderly persons and the oldest in age, in the enemy cousins’ team of Kaurava. As he has received from celestials the boon to breathe his last as per his desire, he does not die in the battlefield in spite of Arjuna’s showering of arrows upon him. He is lying on a bed of arrows (śaraśayyā). Though suffering the pain caused by the sharp edges of arrows piercing his body, blood is running but yet he is alive. With Kṛṣṇa as his charioteer Arjuna arrives at the spot in his chariot. Bhīṣma asks him to quench his thirst. Arjuna shoots an arrow in the earth so deep that waters of Gaṅgā ooze out from the nether world. He serves that water to quench the thirst of Bhīṣma. Bhīṣma breathes his last after making a long discourse on Dharma (Mahābhārata, Śānti, 51-55).

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (mahābhārata)
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Itihāsa (इतिहास) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Purāṇas, 2) the Mahābhārata and 3) the Rāmāyaṇa. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smṛti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to śruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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