Simhadamshtra, Siṃhadaṃṣṭra, Simha-damshtra: 5 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Siṃhadaṃṣṭra can be transliterated into English as Simhadamstra or Simhadamshtra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

1) Siṃhadamṣṭra (सिंहदम्ष्ट्र) is one of the Asuras who came from the underworld (Rasātala) to assist Sūryaprabha in his campaign against Śrutaśarman, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 46. Accordingly: “... After them came the Daityas and Dānavas, true to their agreement, brothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, friends and other connections of Sūryaprabha. Hṛṣṭaroman, and Mahāmāya, and Siṃhadamṣṭra and Prakampana, and Tantukaccha and Durāroha, and Sumāya, and Vajrapañjara, and Dhūmaketu, and Pramathana, and the Dānava Vikaṭākṣa, and many others came from as low down as the seventh underworld”.

The story of Siṃhadamṣṭra 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) Siṃhadamṣṭra (सिंहदम्ष्ट्र) is the name of a Śavara chieft, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 56. Accordingly, “... and in course of time, as he [Candrasvāmin] roamed on, he reached a great wilderness, with sands heated by the rays of the sun, and with but a few parched-up trees in it. And there he left his two children [Mahīpāla and Candravatī], who were exhausted with thirst, and went to a great distance to look for water for them. Then there met him a chief of the Śavaras, named Siṃhadaṃṣṭra, with his followers, going somewhere or other for his own ends”.

The story of Siṃhadaṃṣṭra was narrated by Marubhūti in order to entertain the company of prince Naravāhanadatta.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Siṃhadamṣṭra, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Simhadamshtra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Siṃhadaṃṣṭra (सिंहदंष्ट्र).—an epithet of Śiva.

Derivable forms: siṃhadaṃṣṭraḥ (सिंहदंष्ट्रः).

Siṃhadaṃṣṭra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms siṃha and daṃṣṭra (दंष्ट्र).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Siṃhadaṃṣṭra (सिंहदंष्ट्र).—[adjective] lion-tusked; [masculine] a kind of arrows.

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

1) Siṃhadaṃṣṭra (सिंहदंष्ट्र):—[=siṃha-daṃṣṭra] [from siṃha] mfn. l°-toothed, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a kind of arrow, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

4) [v.s. ...] of an Asura, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

5) [v.s. ...] of a king of the Śabaras, [ib.]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Siṃhadaṃṣṭra (सिंहदंष्ट्र):—

1) adj. löwenzähnig [Rāmāyaṇa 3, 55, 4.] —

2) m. a) Bez. einer Art von Pfeilen [Rāmāyaṇa 6, 20, 27.] — b) Nomen proprium eines Asura [Kathāsaritsāgara 46, 38.] eines Fürsten der Śabara [56, 22.]

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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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