Vikramashakti, Vikramaśakti: 3 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Vikramaśakti can be transliterated into English as Vikramasakti or Vikramashakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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

1) Vikramaśakti (विक्रमशक्ति) is the son of Vallabhaśakti, King of the Mālava country, whose story is told in the “story of Śrīdatta and Mṛgāṅkavatī”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 10. Vikramaśakti first became friends with Śrīdatta (son of Kālanemi), but later became his enemy and sought to kill him after killing his father.

2) Vikramaśakti (विक्रमशक्ति) is the name of a Vidyādhara from Trikūṭapatākā, a city situated on the mountain Trikūṭa, as described in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 46. Accordingly, as Prahasta said to the Asura Maya and Sūryaprabha, after returning from the court of Śrutaśarman, “... and being introduced by the doorkeeper, I entered, and beheld Śrutaśarman surrounded by various Vidyādhara kings, by his father Trikūṭasena, and also by Vikramaśakti and Dhurandhara and other heroes, Dāmodara among them”.

In chapter 48, Vikramaśakti is depicted as a great warrior (mahāratha) who fought on Śrutaśarman’s side but was slain by Prabhāsa, who participated in the war against Sūryaprabha. Accordingly: “... then another four Vidyādharas, by the order of Śrutaśarman, assembled in fight against Prabhāsa... The fourth was Vikramaśakti, like gold in brightness, sprung from the planet jupiter (Indra) in the house (kṣetra) of the Moon (Uḍupati)”.

3) Vikramaśakti (विक्रमशक्ति) is the name of an ancient king from Gauḍa who attempted to poision Mahāsena: the king from Ujjayinī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 49. Accordingly, as the cook said to Mahāsena, “... King, your enemy, King Vikramaśakti, sovereign of Gauḍa, sent me here to give you poison. I introduced myself to your Majesty as a foreigner skilful in the culinary art, and entered your kitchen”.

4) Vikramaśakti (विक्रमशक्ति) is one of the five ministers (mantrin) of Sundarasena: the son of king Mahāsena and Śaśiprabhā from Alakā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 101. Accordingly, as Muni Kaṇva said to Mṛgāṅkadatta in his hermitage: “... that prince [Sundarasena] had five heroic ministers, equal in age and accomplishments, who had grown up with him from their childhood,... [viz., Vikramaśakti]... And they were all men of great courage, endowed with strength and wisdom, well born, and devoted to their master, and they even understood the cries of birds. And the prince lived with them [viz., Vikramaśakti] in his father’s house without a suitable wife, being unmarried, though he was grown up”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vikramaśakti, 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»] — Vikramashakti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vikramaśakti (विक्रमशक्ति):—[=vi-krama-śakti] [from vi-krama > vi-kram] 2. vi-krama-śakti m. Name of various men of the warrior-caste, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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