Shashiprabha, aka: Śaśiprabhā, Śaśiprabha, Shashin-prabha; 4 Definition(s)

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Shashiprabha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 terms Śaśiprabhā and Śaśiprabha can be transliterated into English as Sasiprabha or Shashiprabha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Śaśiprabhā (शशिप्रभा).—A Śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 75.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Śaśiprabhā (शशिप्रभा) is the name of a Vidyādharī and one of the four daughters of king Śaśikhaṇḍa, according to the “story of the golden city”, according 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”.

2) Śaśiprabhā (शशिप्रभा) is the wife of Vāmadatta: the son of Śūradatta and Vasumatī from Kānyakubja, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 67. Accordingly as Lalitalocanā said to Naravāhanadatta: “... Vāmadatta, the darling of his father [Śūradatta ], was instructed in all the sciences, and soon married a wife, of the name of Śaśiprabhā”.

3) Śaśiprabhā (शशिप्रभा) is the daughter of king Yaśaḥketu and Candraprabhā from Śivapura, as mentioned in the fifteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 89. Accordingly, “... he [king Yaśaḥketu] devolved upon his minister, named Prajñāsāgara, the burden of his kingdom, and enjoyed himself in the society of his queen, Candraprabhā. And in course of time that king had born to him, by that queen, a daughter named Śaśiprabhā, bright as the moon, the eye of the world”.

4) Śaśiprabhā (शशिप्रभा) is the wife of king Mahāsena from Alakā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 101. Accordingly, as Muni Kaṇva said to Mṛgāṅkadatta in his hermitage: “... and then he [king Mahāsena] had a son born to him by his Queen Śaśiprabhā, named Sundarasena”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Śaśiprabhā, 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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Śaśiprabha (शशिप्रभ) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Śaśiprabha] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: archive.org: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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