Shastraganja, Śāstragañja: 2 definitions



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

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Shastraganja in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

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.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shastraganja in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śāstragañja (शास्त्रगञ्ज):—[=śāstra-gañja] [from śāstra > śās] m. Name of a parrot, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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 (even English!). 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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