Vilasashila, Vilāsaśīla: 2 definitions


Vilasashila 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 Vilāsaśīla can be transliterated into English as Vilasasila or Vilasashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Vilāsaśīla (विलासशील) is name of an ancient of Vilāsapura according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 40. Accordingly, “there dwelt in a city named Vilāsapura, the home of Śiva, a king rightly named Vilāsaśīla. He had a queen named Kamalaprabhā, whom he valued as his life, and he long remained with her, addicted to pleasure only”.

The story of Vilāsaśīla was narrated by Tapantaka (son of Vasantaka) in order to demonstrate that “everything depends upon the power of actions in a former life”, in other words, that “in this world all the good and bad fortune that befalls all men at all times is earned by actions in a former life”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vilāsaśīla, 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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