Vijayamalin, Vijayamālin, Vijaya-malin: 3 definitions


Vijayamalin 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)

[«previous next»] — Vijayamalin in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Vijayamālin (विजयमालिन्) is the name of a merchant (vaṇij) from Karṇāṭa, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 72. Accordingly, as king Vinītamati said to Somaśūra: “... of old time there dwelt in Karṇāṭa (the Carnatic) a rich merchant, named Vijayamālin, and he had a son named Malayamālin. One day Malayamālin, when he was grown up, went with his father to the king’s court, and there he saw the daughter of the King Indukeśarin, Induyaśas by name”.

The story of Vijayamālin was narrated by Vinītamati in order to teach Somaśūra the doctrine of the perfection of perseverance (dhyānapāramita) as known in the Buddhist doctrine with the object of dissuading Somaśūra from ignorance (ajñāna).

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vijayamālin, 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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[«previous next»] — Vijayamalin in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vijayamālin (विजयमालिन्):—[=vi-jaya-mālin] [from vi-jaya > vi-ji] m. Name of a merchant, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Vijayamalin in German

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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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