Vikramasimha, Vikramasiṃha: 3 definitions


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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Vikramasiṃha (विक्रमसिंह) is the name of an ancient king of Ujjayinī: a city and dwelling-place of Śiva, situated in Avanti, as mentioned in the “story of king Vikramasiṃha and the two Brāhmans”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 27. Accordingly, “in that city [Ujjayinī] there was a king who had the name of Vikramasiṃha, a name that thoroughly expressed his character, for his enemies were like deer and never met him in fight. And he, because he could never find any enemy to face him, became disgusted with weapons and the might of his arm, and was inwardly grieved, as he never obtained the joy of battle.”.

2) Vikramasiṃha (विक्रमसिंह) is the name of an ancient king from Pratiṣṭhāna, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 58. Accordingly, as some captured men said to king Vikramasiṃha: “... there was in Pratiṣṭhāna a king named Vikramasiṃha, who was made by Providence a lion in courage, so that his name expressed his nature. He had a queen of lofty lineage, beautiful and beloved, whose lovely form was her only ornament, and she was called Śaśilekhā”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vikramasiṃha, 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-English dictionary

[«previous (V) next»] — Vikramasimha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vikramasiṃha (विक्रमसिंह).—[masculine] [Name] of [several] princes.

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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. 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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