Simhaksha, aka: Siṃhākṣa; 1 Definition(s)


Simhaksha 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 Siṃhākṣa can be transliterated into English as Simhaksa or Simhaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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Siṃhākṣa (सिंहाक्ष) is the name of an ancient king from Pāṭaliputra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 66. Accordingly, as Hiraṇyākṣa said to a female ascetic: “... for in that city [Pāṭaliputra] there is a king named Siṃhākṣa; and his wife, taking with her the wives of his minister, commander-in-chief, chaplain and physician, went once on the thirteenth day of the white fortnight to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of Sarasvatī, the protecting deity of that land”.

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