Shiladitya, Śīlāditya, Śilāditya: 7 definitions


Shiladitya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Śīlāditya and Śilāditya can be transliterated into English as Siladitya or Shiladitya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha

Śilāditya (शिलादित्य) is referred to by the author (Soḍḍhala) as the lord of Valabhi kingdom. There were seven Śilādityas in the Valabhī dynasty. This Śilāditya was a contemporary of Dharmapāla of the Mandhātṛ-vaṃśa, a king of Northern India. Kalāditya, the broher of Śilāditya was a warrior.

Soḍḍhala writes that in the past there was king Śilāditya whose captial was at Valabhī. His only younger brother was Kalāditya by name. In the family of this Kalāditya was born Gaṇḍapati, whose son was Sollapeya, who had a son Sura by name, from whom, by his wife Pampāvati, was born our poet Soḍḍhala.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Śīlāditya (शीलादित्य) is the title of an Indian king mentioned in the writings of the Chinese traveler Xuanzang (Hieun Tsang). Xuanzang mentions him as a Buddhist king of Kie-Jo-Kio-She-Kwo. Upon assuming the throne, Shiladitya gathered an army of 50,000 foot soldiers, 5000 elephants and 2000 cavalry. He subdued the five regions of India, and built “several thousand” stupas on the banks of the Ganges, each about 100 feet high.

India history and geography

Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (History)

Śilāditya (शिलादित्य) (or Silāicca) is the name of an ancient king, as is mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Accordingly, “Silāicca fights against Ramkaa and the emir of Gajjana (cf. Gajjanavai) bought by the latter”.

Note: The literary tradition of invasion of Gajni perhaps covers real events: the incursions of Arabs from Sindh in late 8th century. and in particular of Junaid (cf. Daia) put an end to the dynasty of Guhilaputra of Valabhī of which Śiladitya VII was the last representative (cf. for example LA Vallée Poussin 1935 p. 139- Ray 1936 II p. 1156 citing the testimony of the Nausarī Grant of the Cālukya prince Pulakesi Avanijanāśraya dated 739 in Bombay Gazetters vol. I, Part II p. 187-188).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śīlāditya (शीलादित्य).—[masculine] [Name] of [several] kings.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Śilāditya (शिलादित्य):—[from śilā] (lād) m. Name of a king, [Śatruṃjaya-māhātmya] (cf. śīlāditya).

2) Śīlāditya (शीलादित्य):—[from śīla > śīl] m. ‘sun of v°’, Name of various kings ([especially] of a son of Vikramāditya, also called Pratāpa-śīla), [Buddhist literature]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Śilāditya (शिलादित्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Silāiṭṭa.

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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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