Simhabala, Siṃhabala: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Simhabala in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Siṃhabala (सिंहबल) is the name of a warrior who fought on Śrutaśarman’s side, but was slain by Śatānīka, who fought on Sūryaprabha’s side, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 48. Accordingly: “... then a fight took place between those Vidyādhara princes on the one side and Prabhāsa and his comrades on the other, in which there was a great slaughter of soldiers. And in the single combats between the two hosts many warriors were slain on both sides, men, Asuras and Vidyādharas... That very Siṃhabala, the dweller in the cemetery (śmaśāna), whose chariot was drawn by ghosts (preta), [and nine others]—these ten were slain by the Prince Śatānīka”.

The story of Siṃhabala was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

2) Siṃhabala (सिंहबल) is the name of an ancient king from Dakṣiṇāpatha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, “... formerly there dwelt in Dakṣiṇāpatha (the Deccan) a king, of the name of Siṃhabala. And his wife, named Kalyāṇavatī, the daughter of a prince of Mālava, was dear to him above all the women of his harem”.

The story of Siṃhabala was narrated by Marubhūti to Naravāhanadatta in order to demonstrate that “the mind of woman is unstable”, in other words, that “the mind of even discerning women is fickle, and, though they have brave and handsome husbands, wanders hither and thither, but women of pure character are scarce”.

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

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Simhabala in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Siṃhabala (सिंहबल) is the name of an ancient king, according to chapter 6.8 [śrī-mahāpadma-cakrin-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Simhabala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Siṃhabala (सिंहबल).—name of a yakṣa: so probably understand Mahā-Māyūrī 61, see s.v. Vyāghrabala.

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

Siṃhabala (सिंहबल):—[=siṃha-bala] [from siṃha] m. Name of a king, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Simhabala in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Simhabala in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Siṃhabala (ಸಿಂಹಬಲ):—

1) [noun] the strength of a lion.

2) [noun] the strength of a person likened to that of a lion.

3) [noun] a very strong man.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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