Vikataksha, Vikaṭākṣa: 4 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Vikataksha 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.

The Sanskrit term Vikaṭākṣa can be transliterated into English as Vikataksa or Vikataksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

Vikaṭākṣa (विकटाक्ष) is the name of an Asura who was reborn as Prabhāsa: minister of Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 45. Accordingly, as Kaśyapa said to Maya, Sunītha and Sūryaprabha: “... and the other Asuras, who were your companions, have been born as his friends; for instance,... the two Asuras, who used to be called Vikaṭākṣa and Hayagrīva, have been born as his two ministers here, Sthirabuddhi and Mahābuddhi”.

The story of Vikaṭākṣa was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vikaṭākṣa, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vikataksha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vikaṭākṣa (विकटाक्ष).—[adjective] having hideous eyes.

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

1) Vikaṭākṣa (विकटाक्ष):—[=vi-kaṭākṣa] [from vi-kaṭa] 2. vi-kaṭākṣa mf(ī)n. having dreadful eyes, [Pañcarātra]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of an Asura, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Vikaṭākṣa (विकटाक्ष):—

1) adj. Grauen erregende Augen habend: vyāghra [PAÑCAR. 1, 3, 68.] —

2) m. Nomen proprium eines Asura [Kathāsaritsāgara 45, 224. 383. 46, 39.]

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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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