Shikhandatilaka, aka: Śikhaṇḍatilaka; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śikhaṇḍatilaka can be transliterated into English as Sikhandatilaka or Shikhandatilaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Śikhaṇḍatilaka (शिखण्डतिलक) was a king of Indīvara, a city in the Pātāla region (the ‘netherland’, a well-known Nāga world), whose story is told in the sixth Ucchvāsa of the Udayasundarīkathā. Śikhaṇḍatilaka is described as a friend of Śeṣa, a faithful attendant of Vāsuki, a worshipper of Śaṅkara and descended from the family of sage Śaṅkhapāla. His wife was name Vijayarekhā and their daughter was Udayasundarī.

The Udayasundarīkathā is a Sanskrit epic tale written by Soḍḍhala in the early 11th century, revolving around the Nāga princess Udayasundarī and Malayavāhana (king of Pratiṣṭhāna).

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Kathā

Śikhaṇḍatilaka (शिखण्डतिलक).—Name of a Nāga mentioned by Soḍḍhala.—Śikhaṇḍatilaka, the father of the heroine (Udayasundarī) is referred to as the descendant of the family of Saṅkhapāla and a favourite attendant of Śaṅkara, the god of the mobile and immobile.

Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
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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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