Uttanka, Uttaṅka: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Uttaṅka (उत्तङ्क) is the name of a Muni (hermit) who cursed king Bhīmabhaṭa to become an elephant, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 74. Accordingly, “... and when the hermit [Uttaṅka] came to the door, the king [Bhīmabhaṭa], being blinded with passion, intoxication and pride of sovereignty, would not listen, though the warders announced his arrival. Then the hermit was angry, and denounced this curse on the king: ‘O man blinded with intoxication, you shall fall from your throne and become a wild elephant’”.

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

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Uttaṅka (उत्तङ्क).—(UTAṄKA). An ideal disciple of Veda who was the disciple of Āpodadhaumya. Uttaṅka and the Guru’s wife. After entrusting management of the āśrama to Uttaṅka, Veda once went out on a tour of the country, and Uttaṅka stayed in the Āśrama carrying out the instructions of the Guru. Then came the menstrual period of Veda’s wife, and his other wives requested Uttaṅka to do the needful, so that the fertile period of their co-wife was not wasted. Uttaṅka’s reply to them was as follows:— "Asked by women, I shall not do this improper act; and the preceptor has not asked me to do such a thing though it might be improper." (See full article at Story of Uttaṅka from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Uttaṅka (उत्तङ्क).—A Brahmaṛṣi residing on the Meru slopes; appealed to Bṛhadaśva of Ikṣvāku line to vanquish Dhundhu (son of Madhu) residing near his hermitage and causing trouble to his peaceful avocations: Kuvalāśva at the bidding of his father Bṛhadaśva killed the asura and earned the title Dhundhumāra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 32; 63. 34-60; Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 31; 88. 33-60.

1b) The Purohita of Māndhātṛ, the emperor and fifth incarnation of Viṣṇu.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 47. 243.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Uttaṅka (उत्तङ्क) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.3.86) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Uttaṅka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Uttanka (उत्‍तंक): Uttanka was a pupil of Veda, the third pupil of Dhaumya rishi. The other two pupils of Uttanka were Janamejaya and Poshya.

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