Shrigarbha, aka: Śrīgarbha, Shri-garbha; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śrīgarbha can be transliterated into English as Srigarbha or Shrigarbha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Śrīgarbha (श्रीगर्भ) is the name of a merchant from Vārāṇasī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 37. Accordingly, as Somasvāmin narrated to Niścayadatta: “... when I was at this stage of my life the youthful Bandhudattā, the daughter of the merchant Śrīgarbha, an inhabitant of that city, and the wife of the great merchant of Mathurā, Varāhadatta, who was dwelling in her father’s house, beheld me one day as she was looking out of the window”.

The story of Śrīgarbha was narrated by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “it is true that chaste women are few and far between, but unchaste women are never to be trusted”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Śrīgarbha, 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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Śrīgarbha (श्रीगर्भ).—

1) an epithet of Viṣṇu.

2) a sword.

Derivable forms: śrīgarbhaḥ (श्रीगर्भः).

Śrīgarbha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śrī and garbha (गर्भ).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śrīgarbha (श्रीगर्भ).—m. (or semi-MIndic śirig°), (1) a kind of gem, reddish in color: śirigarbhapiñjalehi (padumehi) Mv ii.301.4; in 302.3 read, śirigarbha-piñjarehi (Senart with mss. -pañjarehi; so one ms., v.l. śiriṣa-g°, Senart em. wrongly śirīṣa-g°); śrīgarbha-ratnam Mvy 5961 = Tibetan rin po che (= ratna) dpal gyi (= śrī) sñin po (= heart, essence); śirigarbhehi maṇiratnehi Mv ii.311.6; similarly 318.4; śrīgarbha-siṃhāsane LV 51.4 (here of a throne occupied by the Bodhisattva in the Tuṣita heaven); id. RP 2.7 (here on earth, on Gṛdhrakūṭa, near Rājagṛha); (2) n. of one or more Bodhisattvas: Mvy 666; Dbh 2.6; Gv 442.9; one that is predicted for Buddhahood under the name Vimalanetra, SP 21.11, 13; 26.5.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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. 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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