Shashikhanda, aka: Śaśikhaṇḍa; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śaśikhaṇḍa can be transliterated into English as Sasikhanda or Shashikhanda, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[Shashikhanda in Shaivism glossaries]

Śaśikhaṇḍa (शशिखण्ड) or Śaśikhaṇḍāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Siddhāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Śaśikhaṇḍa Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Siddha-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

(Source): Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Katha (narrative stories)

[Shashikhanda in Katha glossaries]

Śaśikhaṇḍa (शशिखण्ड) or Śaśikhaṇḍapada is the name of a king of the Vidyādharas, according to the “story of the golden city”, in the to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 26. Accordingly, Candraprabhā said to Śaktideva: “... there is in this land a king of the Vidyādharas named Śaśikhaṇḍa, and we four daughters were born to him in due course; I am the eldest, Candraprabhā, and the next is Chandrarekhā, and the third is Śaśirekhā, and the fourth Śaśiprabhā. We gradually grew up to womanhood in our father’s house, and once upon a time those three sisters of mine went together to the shore of the Ganges to bathe, while I was detained at home by illness; then they began to play in the water, and in the insolence of youth they sprinkled with water a hermit named Agryatapas while he was in the stream”.

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