Shastraganja, aka: Śāstragañja; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śāstragañja can be transliterated into English as Sastraganja or Shastraganja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Śāstragañja (शास्त्रगञ्ज) is the name of a parrot (śuka), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, as Muktālatā said to king Sumanas: “... king, here is a parrot that knows the tour Vedas, called Śāstragañja, a poet skilled in all the sciences and in the graceful arts, and I have brought him he re to-day by the order of King Maya, so receive him”.

The story of Śāstragañja was narrated by Gomukha to Naravāhanadatta in order to demonstrate that “the appointed union of human beings certainly takes place in this world, though vast spaces intervene”.

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