Shvetashaila, aka: Śvetaśaila, Shveta-shaila; 1 Definition(s)


Shvetashaila means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 term Śvetaśaila can be transliterated into English as Svetasaila or Shvetashaila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Śvetaśaila (श्वेतशैल) is the name of a cave in Devasabha, as mentioned to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 118. Accordingly, as the hermit Tapodhana said to King Merudhvaja: “... as for this king of the Daityas [named Trailokyamālin], and his son, and his ministers, you must take them with the great Asuras, and the malignant Nāgas, and the principal Rākṣasas, and imprison them in the cave of Śvetaśaila in Devasabha”.

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