Shashiprabha, aka: Śaśiprabhā, Śaśiprabha, Shashin-prabha; 3 Definition(s)
Shashiprabha 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 terms Śaśiprabhā and Śaśiprabha can be transliterated into English as Sasiprabha or Shashiprabha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Śaśiprabhā (शशिप्रभा).—A Śakti.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 75.
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.
Katha (narrative stories)
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”, 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”.
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
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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Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 5: Dhanavatī’s birth as Ratnavatī < [Chapter I - Previous incarnations of Ariṣṭanemi (Nemi)]
Part 7: Future Tīrthaṅkaras < [Chapter VI]
Part 4: War between Kṛṣṇa and Jarāsandha < [Chapter VII - Marriages of Śāmba and Pradyumna]
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)