Vikramashila, Vikramaśīla, Vikrama-shila: 5 definitions


Vikramashila 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 Vikramaśīla can be transliterated into English as Vikramasila or Vikramashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vikramashila in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vikramaśīla (विक्रमशील).—A King praised in the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa. Kālindī was his wife and Durgama his son.

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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Education: Systems & Practices

Vikramaśilā (विक्रमशिला) (8th–12th CE) in present-day Bihar, was among the world’s first universities. Taxila University’s different Schools taught many subjects.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vikramashila in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vikramaśīla (विक्रमशील).—Name of a monastery; Buddh.

Derivable forms: vikramaśīlaḥ (विक्रमशीलः).

Vikramaśīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vikrama and śīla (शील).

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

1) Vikramaśīla (विक्रमशील):—[=vi-krama-śīla] [from vi-krama > vi-kram] 2. vi-krama-śīla m. Name of a king, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] of a monastery, [Buddhist literature]

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Vikramashila 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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