Upendravajra, aka: Upendravajrā, Upendra-vajra; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Upendravajrā (उपेन्द्रवज्रा) refers to a type of syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. In this metre, the first, the third, the sixth, the seventh, the ninth syllables of a foot (pāda) are light (laghu), while the rest of the syllables are heavy (guru).

⏑⎼⏑¦⎼⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⎼⎼¦¦⏑⎼⏑¦⎼⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⎼⎼¦¦
⏑⎼⏑¦⎼⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⎼⎼¦¦⏑⎼⏑¦⎼⎼⏑¦⏑⎼⏑¦⎼⎼¦¦

Upendravajrā falls in the Triṣṭup (Triṣṭubh) class of chandas (rhythm-type), which implies that verses constructed with this metre have four pādas (‘foot’ or ‘quarter-verse’) containing eleven syllables each.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Upendravajrā (उपेन्द्रवज्रा) is the name of a Sanskrit metre (chandas) of the Vṛtta-type (akṣarachandas: metres regulated by akṣaras, syllabes).—If the first syllable of each of the quarters in a verse of the metre Indravajrā is short, then the metre is styled as the Upendravajrā. It contains eleven syllables in each and every quarter and the gaṇas are ja, ta and ja. This metre is found to be employed in the Śrīkaṇṭhacarita.

(Source): Shodhganga: Mankhaka a sanskrit literary genius (natya)
Nāṭyaśāstra book cover
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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

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