Shmashanavetala, aka: Śmaśānavetāla; 1 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Śmaśānavetāla can be transliterated into English as Smasanavetala or Shmashanavetala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Śmaśānavetāla (श्मशानवेताल) is the name of a gambler (kitava) from Lāṭa, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 74. Accordingly, as a Akṣakṣapaṇaka said to Bhīmabhaṭa: “... and there [at the gambling hall in Lāṭa] I saw these five men playing—this man named Caṇḍabhujaṅga, and that Pāśupaṭa, and this Śmaśānavetāla, and that Kālavarāṭaka, and this Śāriprastara—heroes equal in valour. And I gambled with them on this mutual understanding, that whoever was conquered should be the slave of the conqueror”.

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