Simhashri, Siṃhaśrī: 4 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Simhashri means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Siṃhaśrī can be transliterated into English as Simhasri or Simhashri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Siṃhaśrī (सिंहश्री) is the name of the second wife of Siṃhaparākrama, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 23. Accordingly, “Then Siṃhaparākrama examined many maidens by means of the dish, and discovering that they had belonged to alien races in a previous birth, he avoided them, but after he had discovered one who had been a lioness in a previous birth, and so was a suitable match for him, he married her as his second wife, and her name was Siṃhaśrī”.

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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Simhashri in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Mahayana Buddhism

Siṃhaśrī (सिंहश्री) is the father of Maitrī who is included in the list of spiritual friends of Sudhana: the son of a merchant from Sukhākara who received a prophecy from Mañjuśrī, according to the Avataṃsaka-sūtra. Accordingly, Sudhana devoted himself to 110 spiritual friends in a great building adorned with the ornaments of Vairocana. These spiritual friends included monks, bodhisattvas, ṛṣis, brāhmaṇas, girls (e.g., Maitrī), kings, youths, goddesses, householders, etc. From these beings, Sudhana took the vows without the need for any formal basis.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Simhashri in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Siṃhaśrī (सिंहश्री):—[=siṃha-śrī] [from siṃha] f. Name of a woman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

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

Siṃhaśrī (सिंहश्री):—f. ein Frauenname [Kathāsaritsāgara 23, 49.]

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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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