Shashilekha, aka: Śaśilekhā, Shashin-lekha; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

Shashilekha 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 Śaśilekhā can be transliterated into English as Sasilekha or Shashilekha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[Shashilekha in Ayurveda glossaries]

Śaśilekhā (शशिलेखा) is another name for Avalguja (Psoralea corylifolia “Malaysian scurfpea”) according to the Bhāvaprakāśa, which is a 16th century medicinal thesaurus authored by Bhāvamiśra. The term is used throughout Āyurvedic literature.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[Shashilekha in Chandas glossaries]

Śaśilekhā (शशिलेखा) refers to one of the 135 metres (chandas) mentioned by Nañjuṇḍa (1794-1868 C.E.) in his Vṛttaratnāvalī. Nañjuṇḍa was a poet of both Kannada and Sanskrit literature flourished in the court of the famous Kṛṣṇarāja Woḍeyar of Mysore. He introduces the names of these metres (eg., Śaśilekhā) in 20 verses.

(Source): Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Katha (narrative stories)

[Shashilekha in Katha glossaries]

Śaśilekhā (शशिलेखा) is the wife of king of Vikramasiṃha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, as a spy said to king Vikramasiṃha: “... your enemies have overrun the country, and Queen Śaśilekhā, having heard from the people a false report of your Majesty’s death, has entered the fire”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Śaśilekhā, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Shashilekha in Sanskrit glossaries]

Śaśilekhā (शशिलेखा).—

1) a digit of the moon.

2) Name of various plants (Mar. bāṃvacī, kāḷeṃ jireṃ).

Śaśilekhā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śaśin and lekhā (लेखा).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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