Sharikakuta, aka: Śārikākūṭa, Sharika-kuta; 1 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Śārikākūṭa can be transliterated into English as Sarikakuta or Sharikakuta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Śārikākūṭa (शारिकाकूट) is the name of a doorway leading to Pātāla (lower regions) made by Pradyumna, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, as Śiva (Tryambaka) said to a certain ascetic: “... and Pradyumna, in order to deliver his son, laid it open, making a door in one place with the peak of a mountain, and he placed Durgā there, under the name of Śārikā, to guard that door, after propitiating her with hundreds of praises. Consequently even now the place is called by the two names of Peak of Pradyumna and Hill of Śārikā (Śārikākūṭa). So go and enter Pātāla with your followers by that famous opening, and by my favour you shall succeed there”.

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