Shikharini, aka: Śikhariṇī, Sikhariṇī, Sikharini; 5 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Śikhariṇī can be transliterated into English as Sikharini or Shikharini, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)
Śikhariṇī (शिखरिणी) refers to one of the 27 metres mentioned in Kṣemendra’s Suvṛttatilaka. The Suvṛttatilaka is a monumental work of Sanskrit prosody considered as unique in its nature. In this work Kṣemendra neither introduces any new metre nor discusses all the metres used in his time. He discusses 27 popular metres (eg., Śikhariṇī) which were used frequently by the poets.(Source): Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.
Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
Śikhariṇī (शिखरिणी) refers to a type of syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. In this metre, the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, and sixth, the twelfth, the thirteenth and the seventeenth syllables of a foot (pāda) are heavy (guru), while the rest of the syllables are light (laghu).
Śikhariṇī falls in the Atyaṣṭi class of chandas (rhythm-type), which implies that verses constructed with this metre have four pādas (‘foot’ or ‘quarter-verse’) containing seventeen syllables each.(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Śikhariṇī (शिखरिणी) is the name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) of the Vṛtta-type (akṣarachandas: metres regulated by akṣaras, syllabes).—The metre, Śikhariṇī contains seventeen syllables in each and every quarter and it consists of the gaṇas ya, ma, na, sa, and bha respectively. This metre is found to be employed in the Śrīkaṇṭhacarita.(Source): Shodhganga: Mankhaka a sanskrit literary genius (natya)
Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).
General definition (in Hinduism)
Śikhariṇī (शिखरिणी) is a Sanskrit word referring to “a blend of yogurt and sugar candy”.(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism
Sikhariṇī, (f.) (fr. last) a kind of woman (with certain defects of the pudendum) Vin. II, 271; III, 129 (text, °aṇī). (Page 708)(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
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