Vetalapancavimshati, Vetālapañcaviṃśati, Vetala-pancavimshati, Vetālapañcaviṃśatī: 7 definitions


Vetalapancavimshati means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Vetālapañcaviṃśati and Vetālapañcaviṃśatī can be transliterated into English as Vetalapancavimsati or Vetalapancavimshati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Vetalapanchavimshati.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: The Vetālapañcaviṃśati

Vetālapañcaviṃśati (वेतालपञ्चविंशति) is the name of a Sanskrit work narrating ‘twenty-five stories of a vetāla’, written by Śivadāsa. These stories revolve around the Indian King Vikramāditya whose kingdom is threatened by the machinations of a necromancer.

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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

Vetālapañcaviṃśatī (वेतालपञ्चविंशती).—The twentyfive stories told by Vetāla. (See under Vetāla).

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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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India history and geography

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Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)

Vetālapañcaviṃśati (वेतालपञ्चविंशति) is the name of a work ascribed to Kṣemendra (11th century): one among the Kashmiri scholars who glorified the legacy of rhetorics with a new interpretation of the soul of poetry (aucitya). A total number of 38 works (viz., Vetāla-pañcaviṃśati) have been recorded in the “New Catalogus Catalogorum”, which are composed by Kṣemendra. He is not only a poetician but also a scholar of high repute.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vetālapañcaviṃśati (वेतालपञ्चविंशति).—a collection of 25 fables told by a Vetāla to king Vikramāditya.

Derivable forms: vetālapañcaviṃśatiḥ (वेतालपञ्चविंशतिः).

Vetālapañcaviṃśati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vetāla and pañcaviṃśati (पञ्चविंशति). See also (synonyms): vetālatikā.

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

Vetālapañcaviṃśati (वेतालपञ्चविंशति).—[feminine] the 25 tales of the Vetāla (T. of [several] collections).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Vetālapañcaviṃśati (वेतालपञ्चविंशति) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—popular stories. L. 127. B. 2, 130. Report. Xiii. Pheh. 5. Rādh. 22. Oudh. Iii, 10. Bu7hler 541. 555.
—by Kṣemendra, from his Bṛhatkathāmañjari. Burnell. 167^a.
—by Jambhaladatta. Oxf. 152^a. L. 128. Oppert. 2443. Ii, 1375. 4165. 4954. 8364.
—by Vallabha. Peters. 3, 396.
—by Śivadāsa. [Mackenzie Collection] 112. Io. 1668. 1765. L. 126. K. 76. Ben. 35. Bik. 264. Oudh. Xix, 136. Np. X, 16. Burnell. 166^b. Bl. 4. Bhr. 170. H. 114. 115. Taylor. 1, 195.
—by Somadeva from his Kathāsaritsāgara. Oxf. 151^b.

2) Vetālapañcaviṃśati (वेतालपञ्चविंशति):—Gov. Or. Libr. Madras 89. Peters. 4, 30.
—by Jambhaladatta. Cu. add. 1619. 1655.

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

Vetālapañcaviṃśati (वेतालपञ्चविंशति):—[=vetāla-pañca-viṃśati] [from vetāla] f. a collection of 25 tales or fables told by a Vetāla or demon to king Vikramāditya (of which there are 5 recensions extant, one by Kṣemendra in his Bṛhat-kathā-mañjarī, one by Soma-deva in the Kathā-sarit-sāgara, and the other three by Jambhala-datta, Vallabha, and Śiva-dāsa ; versions of these popular tales exist in Hindī, Tamil and Telugu, and almost every Hindū vernacular).

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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 (even English!). 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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