Shubhanaya, aka: Śubhanaya; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śubhanaya can be transliterated into English as Subhanaya or Shubhanaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Śubhanaya (शुभनय) is the name of a great hermit (mahāmuni) from Kedāra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 72. Accordingly, as king Vinītamati said to Somaśūra: “... there lived on the Kedāra mountain a great hermit, named Śubhanaya, who was for ever bathing in the waters of the Mandākinī, and was gentle and emaciated with penance. One night some robbers came there to look for some gold, which they had previously buried there, but they could not find it anywhere”.

The story of Śubhanaya was narrated by Vinītamati in order to teach Somaśūra the doctrine of the perfection of patience (kṣamāpāramita) as known in the Buddhist doctrine with the object of dissuading Somaśūra from ignorance (ajñāna).

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