Veshya, aka: Veśyā, Veśya, Veṣya, Veṣyā; 5 Definition(s)


Veshya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 terms Veśyā and Veśya and Veṣya and Veṣyā can be transliterated into English as Vesya or Veshya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Veshya in Natyashastra glossaries]

Veśyā (वेश्या) refers to a “courtezan” who can be assigned the role of an assesor (prāśnika) of dramatic plays (nāṭaka) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 27. These assessors (eg., the veśyās) are to point out the faults of a dramatic performance (nāṭaka) as well as the merits of actors (nartaka) whenever a controversy (saṃgharṣa) arises among persons ignorant of the nāṭyaśāstra.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, 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 (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Katha (narrative stories)

[Veshya in Katha glossaries]

Veśyā (वेश्या) refers to a “courtesan” (prostitute), as described in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 57. Accordingly, as Yamajihvā instructed her daughter: “everyone is valued on account of wealth, a courtesan (veśyā) especially; and courtesans who fall in love do not obtain wealth, therefore a courtesan (veśyā) should abandon passion. For rosy red, love’s proper hue, is the harbinger of eclipse to the courtesan (veśyā) as to the evening twilight; a properly trained courtesan (veśyā) should exhibit love without sincerity, like a well-trained actress. With that she should gain a man’s affections, then she should extract from him all his wealth; when he is ruined, she should finally abandon him, but if he should recover his wealth, she should take him back into favour. A courtesan (veśyā), like a hermit (muni), is the same towards a young man, a child, an old man, a handsome man, and a deformed man, and so she always attains the principal object of existence”.

(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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Veshya in Marathi glossaries]

vēśyā (वेश्या).—f (S) A dancing girl; a woman of whom the appointed profession is public dancing and harlotry: also a harlot or courtesan generally. Ex. vēśyāñcī saṅgata dharilī || naṭavyāñjavaḷī sadā baisē ||.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vēśyā (वेश्या).—f A dancing girl; a harlot.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Veshya in Sanskrit glossaries]

Veśya (वेश्य).—[viś-ṇyat veśāya hitaṃ vā yat]

1) The habitation of harlots.

2) Ved. Abode, residence.

Derivable forms: veśyam (वेश्यम्).

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Veśyā (वेश्या).—A harlot, prostitute, courtezan, concubine; त्वं वापीव लतेव नौरिव जनं वेश्यासि सर्वं भज (tvaṃ vāpīva lateva nauriva janaṃ veśyāsi sarvaṃ bhaja) Mk.1.32; Me.37; Y.1.141; पतव्रता चैकपत्नी द्वितीये कुलटा स्मृता । तृतीये वृषली ज्ञेया चतुर्थे पुंश्चली स्मृता । वेश्या च पञ्चमे षष्ठे जुङ्गी च सप्तमेऽष्टमे (patavratā caikapatnī dvitīye kulaṭā smṛtā | tṛtīye vṛṣalī jñeyā caturthe puṃścalī smṛtā | veśyā ca pañcame ṣaṣṭhe juṅgī ca saptame'ṣṭame) | Brav. P.

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Veṣya (वेष्य).—[viṣeḥ paḥ Uṇ.3.23] Water.

Derivable forms: veṣyaḥ (वेष्यः).

See also (synonyms): veṣpa.

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Veṣyā (वेष्या).—See वेश्या (veśyā).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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