Vasantaka: 7 definitions


Vasantaka 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

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Vasantaka (वसन्तक) was the son of the ‘master of the revels’ of King Śatānīka (a King from the Pāṇḍava family and son of Janamejaya) according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 9. In chapter 12, Vasantaka, together with Yaugandharāyaṇa, went to retrieve king Udayana who was captured by King Caṇḍamahāsena.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vasantaka, 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: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vasantaka (वसन्तक).—A person in the story of Udayana. (See under Udayana).

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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

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vasantaka (वसन्तक).—(1) (= Sanskrit vasanta, with endearing dim. -ka), spring: su-vasantake ṛtuvara āgatake Lalitavistara 321.19 (verse); (2) name of a follower of prince Sudhanu: Mahāvastu ii.103.16; 105.18.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vāsantaka (वासन्तक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kī-kaṃ) 1. Sown or growing in spring. 2. Suitable to the spring season. 3. Relating or belonging to it, vernal. E. vasanta spring, and vuñ aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vāsantaka (वासन्तक).—[vāsanta + ka], adj. Vernal.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vasantaka (वसन्तक).—[masculine] = [preceding], a man’s name.

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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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