Upakosha, Upakośā: 4 definitions


Upakosha 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 Upakośā can be transliterated into English as Upakosa or Upakosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Upakośā (उपकोशा) is the daughter of Upavarṣa, who is one of the two sons of Saṅkarasvāmin, a Brāhman from in the city of Pāṭaliputra. Her story was narrated to Vararuci according to Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 4. Her description is as follows: “She had a face like a full moon, and eyes like a blue lotus; she had arms graceful like the stalk of a lotus, and a lovely full bosom; she had a neck marked with three lines like a shell, and magnificent coral lips; in short, she was a second Lakṣmī, so to speak, the storehouse of the beauty of King Kāma.”. It was later revealed by Sarasvatī in a dream of Vararuci that Upakośā was Vararuci’s wife in a former birth.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Upakośā, 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Upakośā (उपकोशा).—The daughter of the teacher Upavarṣa. (See under Vararuci).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upakośā (उपकोशा).—Name of a daughter of उपकर्ष (upakarṣa) and wife of वररुचि (vararuci) Ks.

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

Upakośā (उपकोशा):—[=upa-kośā] f. Name of a daughter of Upa-varṣa and wife of Vara-ruci, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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. 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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