Somada, Somadā: 4 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Somada 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Somadā (सोमदा).—A Gandharva damsel. (For further details see under Cūlī).

Purana book cover
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Kavya (poetry)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Somadā (सोमदा) is the name of a Brāhman woman from Vārāṇasī according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 37. Accordingly, as Somasvāmin narrated to Niścayadatta: “... in this very country, in the city of Vārāṇasī, there lived a young and beautiful Brāhman woman named Somadā, who was unchaste and secretly a witch. And as Destiny would have it, I [Somasvāmin] had secret interviews with her, and in the course of our intimacy my love for her increased”.

The story of Somadā was narrated by Gomukha in order to demonstrate that “it is true that chaste women are few and far between, but unchaste women are never to be trusted”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Somadā, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Somadā (सोमदा):—[=soma-dā] [from soma] f. Name of a Gandharvī, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Brāhman woman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

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

Somadā (सोमदा):—f. Nomen proprium

1) einer Gandharvī [Rāmāyaṇa 1, 34, 39 (35, 37 Gorresio).] —

2) einer Brahmanin [Kathāsaritsāgara 37, 150. fgg.]

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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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