Vikramakesharin, Vikramakeśarin: 5 definitions


Vikramakesharin 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 Vikramakeśarin can be transliterated into English as Vikramakesarin or Vikramakesharin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

[«previous next»] — Vikramakesharin in Rasashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Vikramakeśarin (विक्रमकेशरिन्) or Vikramakeśarī is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 2, dealing with jvara: fever). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). Pārvatīśaṅkara is an ayurveda treatment and should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., vikrama-keśarin-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Kavya (poetry)

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

1) Vikramakeśarin (विक्रमकेशरिन्) is one of the ten ministers of Mṛgāṅkadatta: the son of king Amaradatta and Surataprabhā from Ayodhyā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 69. Accordingly: “... and that young prince had ten ministers of his own: [Vikramakeśarin... and others]... They were all of good birth, young, brave and wise, and devoted to their master’s interests. And Mṛgāṅkadatta led a happy life with them in his father’s house, but he did not obtain a suitable wife”.

2) Vikramakeśarin (विक्रमकेशरिन्) or Vikramakesarin is the name of an ancient king from Pāṭaliputra, as mentioned in the third story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 77. Accordingly, “... in [Pāṭaliputra] there lived of old time a king named Vikramakeśarin, whom providence made a storehouse of virtues as well as of jewels. And he possessed a parrot of godlike intellect, knowing all the Śāstras, that had been born in that condition owing to a curse, and its name was Vidagdhacūḍāmaṇi”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vikramakeśarin, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vikramakesarin (विक्रमकेसरिन्).—[masculine] [Name] of a prince.

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

1) Vikramakesarin (विक्रमकेसरिन्):—[=vi-krama-kesarin] [from vi-krama > vi-kram] 2. vi-krama-kesarin m. Name of a king of Pāṭali-putra, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] of a minister of Mṛgāṅka-datta, [ib.]

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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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