Somika, aka: Somikā; 1 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

[Somika in Katha glossaries]

Somikā (सोमिका) is the name of a bird (śārikā) , as mentioned in the third story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 77. Accordingly, “... that princess [Candraprabhā] also possessed a similar hen-maina, of the name of Somikā, remarkable for knowledge and discernment. And the two, the parrot [Vidagdhacūḍāmaṇi] and the maina, remained there in the same cage, assisting with their discernment their master and mistress.”.

The story of Somikā is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even 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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